Overland Park, Kansas - Brown University senior forward Matt
Mullery (Millstone, New Jersey) is among 30 men’s basketball
student-athletes, who excel on and off the court, to be selected as
candidates the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for
the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division
I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence:
Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2009-10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in late January. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning February 3 and concluding March 17.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence.
Mullery has posted a 3.31 grade point average as a modern American history concentrator through his first three seasons at Brown. He also tutors other Brown students in math and calculus. He is currently doing an independent study on “Green,” looking at environmentally sustainable companies. The National Association of Basketball Coaches named Mullery an Honors Court selection in 2008 for excellence in the classroom.
Mullery is a volunteer at the Fox Point Elementary School, going into the classroom to read to inner city children. He has worked with Special Olympics of Rhode Island, conducting clinics. Also, he has volunteered near his hometown at the Center for Children with Behavior Disorders in High Point, N.J.
The 17th player in Brown basketball history to earn first team All-Ivy honors, Mullery led the Bears in scoring with 16.1 points per game, fourth best in the Ivy League. He established a new single-season Brown record for blocked shots with 59 blocks, seventh best in Ivy League basketball history. His 115 career blocked shots are second in the Brown record book and 18th best in Ivy League Basketball history.
A two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Mullery shot an amazing 61-percent from the field (174 of 287) to lead the Ivy League, while his 2.1 blocked shots per game also led the league. He was at his best in Ivy League games, leading the league in rebounding with 7.9 per game, and blocking a league-leading 2.6 shots per game.
Mullery turned in one of the greatest performances in Brown basketball history by registering a 20-20 double-double in a win over Harvard, scoring 21 points and grabbing 20 rebounds against the Crimson to become the first Brown player in 25 years to grab 20 rebounds in a game. Mullery's rare 20-20 double-double against Harvard was Brown's first in 35 years.