Illini Wonk
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
  Dee needs a bigger trophy cabinet
There has been a surprising amount of ambivalence about the play of Dee Brown among Illinois fans this year. Perhaps they are still spoiled by last year's team, but many seem to sweat every missed shot and every shot clock violation attributed to the senior point guard.

There appears to be much less ambivalence on the part of those who are voting to give out the basketball hardware, as Dee has been mentioned for nearly every major award.

Today, it was from the conference, with Dee joining James Augustine on the All-Big Ten First Team. (Brian Randle made the All-Defensive team and Jamar Smith the All-Freshman team). In explaining his first team vote for Dee, Mark Tupper of the Decatur Herald & Review said that he may not have the stats of some other players in the conference, but concluded: Someone gets credit for the most important statistic of all: Illinois' 25 victories. Brett Dawson doesn't get a vote this year, but if he did he says Brown would be a first-team no-doubter.

The conference honor is one of the latest, but it's far from the only award that Dee has received. He was named one of 11 finalists for the Adolph F. Rupp Player of the Year Award by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky. The U.S. Basketball Writers Association placed Brown on the Second Team of the 2005-06 Men's All-America Team and named him Player of the Year in District V.

Dee is also a finalist for the Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award, which is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I college basketball player. You can vote for Dee (who was in fifth when this was posted) here.

Dee made the All-Big Ten Conference team of Seth Davis and was one of three repeat finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the national college player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Brown and Augustine were both named to the District 11 First Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Brown, Augustine and Rich McBride also made the official ballot for the All-Wonk Team (2.0). Some think he could benefit the New York Knicks.

Earlier this season, Illini Wonk said It's Good to be Dee. As you can just keeps getting better.
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