Brown earns first team nod, Clarkson named to the second team
Columbia, Mo. – For the second consecutive season Mizzou Basketball had a pair of players named to the All-Southeastern Conference Team by the league coaches as Jabari Brown earned First Team accolades and Jordan Clarkson was named to the Second Team.
Brown’s selection to the First Team marks the fourth consecutive year a Tiger has won first team all-conference honors. Phil Pressey was named First Team All-SEC last season after leading the league in assists, while Marcus Denmon was a First Team All-Big 12 pick in 2011 and 2012.
Brown was one of the nation’s most efficient players this season, leading the league in scoring, both in 31-regular-season games (19.7) and during the 18-game conference schedule (20.7). Brown ranked among the Top 10 in several league categories during league action, including field goal percentage (4th - .468), free throw percentage (5th - .846), three-point percentage (4th - .414) and three-point makes per game (8th – 2.3), as well as minutes played (3rd – 36.6) and total free throw makes (1st – 115).
The Oakland, Calif., native reached 20 points in 12-of-18 league contests and reached double figures in 17-of-18 league games making him one of the country’s most consistent scorers in conference action. He scored a career high 33 points at home against Kentucky, hitting 10-of-17 shots from the floor and 10-of-12 shots from the free throw line. He also scored 25 points in the home win over Arkansas, hitting the game-winning floater in the final seconds of that 86-85 win at Mizzou Arena. Not to be forgotten was his late-game steal to clinch the home win over Tennessee.
The junior had a stretch of five consecutive games scoring 24+ points in league play this year, the longest run since Derrick Chievous (1987-88). His 17 20-point games this year are the most since Kareem Rush in 2001 and he was the first Tiger to average better than 20 points per game in league play since Rush (20.2) during that 2000-01 campaign.
Brown’s backcourt running mate, Clarkson, earned Second Team honors after leading the SEC in total field goals made (191) in 31 games. Overall, Clarkson ranked seventh in the SEC in scoring (18.1) and together he and Brown formed the top high-major scoring tandem in college hoops this year.
A junior, Clarkson also ranked No. 10 in the SEC in field goal percentage (.453), No. 7 in assists (3.5), No. 4 in free throw percentage (.833), No. 9 in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and No. 4 in minutes per game (34.7).
Clarkson’s top scoring game came in the home win over Southern Illinois when he poured in 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting. He also dropped in 28 points against Kentucky and 27 in a home win over Arkansas. He finished the regular season with 14 20-point games, second on the club, and reached double figures in scoring in 30-of-31 contests.
“I am so proud of Jabari and Jordan and applaud the way they have represented Mizzou as student-athletes,” Head Coach Frank Haith said. “Their on-court numbers are outstanding and this honor is well-deserved, but I really commend their efforts as leaders and citizens within the Columbia community.”
Mizzou Basketball opens play at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday at Noon CT. The Tiger face the Texas A&M Aggies. The winner will go on to face No. 1 Florida on Friday.