GSW NOTEBOOK: GSW hoops star Brown named one of D-II's Top 16 players; ex-Southland star McGowan, teammate Brown named to PBC All-Academic team

GSW's Phillip Brown is one the top players in the nation in Division II coming into the 2011-12 season. (Chris Whitaker/Americus Times-Recorder)

GSW's Phillip Brown is one the top players in the nation in Division II coming into the 2011-12 season. (Chris Whitaker/Americus Times-Recorder)

AMERICUS -- A new year, and a whole new set of accolades for Georgia Southwestern men's basketball star Phillip Brown.

Brown, a senior forward and the reigning Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, was named to the 2011-12 Division II Bulletin Super 16 All-American Preseason Team on Thursday -- one of the highest honors a D-II player can receive.

The Super 16 divides the country into eight regions with two players named award winners in each region. Brown joins Desmond Mason from Lincoln Memorial University as a Southeast Region selection.

Brown spearheaded GSW's dramatic turnaround last season as the PBC Player of the Year and an All-Conference First-Team selection. He was named the PBC Player of the Week on three occasions and finished the year averaging 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Brown shot 62.9 percent from the field, leading the PBC in both rebounding and field goal percentage. He ranked second in the conference in blocked shots and finished 11th in scoring.

Brown ranked near the top of D-II in several categories, as well, including rebounds per game (fifth), field goal percentage (13th) and blocks (21st).

The 6-foot-7 Jonesboro native who transferred to the Hurricanes program from Division I Air Force, recorded 14 double-doubles last season and scored in double-figures on 24 occasions. In addition, he pulled down double-figure rebounds 16 times.

Brown was the first student-athlete in GSW history to be named an NCAA All-American when he was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) State Farm Coaches' All-America Team in March.

He was named to the 2011-12 Sporting News NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Preseason All-America First Team in September.

The Hurricanes open the 2011-12 regular season at home Nov. 15 against Trinity (Fla.) College.

Ex-Southland star McGowan, GSW teammate Brown honored by PBC

AMERICUS -- Georgia Southwestern sophomore runners Mollie McGowan and Lauren Brown received women's cross country All-Academic honors from the Peach Belt Conference on Thursday.

McGowan, an Americus native and Southland alum, was named to the All-Academic team. Brown received honorable mention.

McGowan's best finish in 2011 was 15th at the Darton Invitational where she posted a season-best 5k time of 23:45. A pre-pharmacy major, she currently has a 3.95 grade point average.

Browns' best finish this fall came at the Darton Invitational, as well, where she finished 20th. The Kennesaw native posted her season-best 5k time of 24:46 at the GSW Remembrance Run. An Exercise Science major, she currently has a 3.40 grade point average.

To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must 1) participate in at least half of her team's events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at his or her current institution. The Peach Belt Conference Sports Information Directors oversee and select the teams.