March 17, 2009
Kansas City, Mo. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has announced the NABC Division I All-District teams, recognizing the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes. Brown University junior center Matt Mullery (Millstone, NJ), a first team All-Ivy selection and the Bears' top scorer with 16.1 points per game, has been named to District 13 Second Team.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts which were realigned this season, are now eligible for the State Farm Coaches' Division I All-America teams to be announced on Saturday, April 4, at Hoop City in the COBO Center at 10 a.m. as part of the 2009 NABC Convention in Detroit.
A prodigious shot blocker, Mullery 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, trailing the 119 blocked shots by Alai Nuualiitia from 1999-2003.
Mullery is the Ivy League leader in field goal percentage (.606) and ranks second in the league in blocked shots (2.1 per game). 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 saved the best to last when he turned in one of the greatest performances in Brown basketball history by registering a 20-20 double-double against Harvard, scoring 21 points and grabbing 20 rebounds against the Crimson. Mullery connected on nine of nine for the game and blocked three shots. Mullery is the first Brown player in 25 years to grab 20 rebounds in a game.
Mullery's rare 20-20 double-double against the Crimson was Brown's first in 35 years. Phil Brown scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Memphis State on December 12, 1974.
He also put together a big game in Brown's win over Dartmouth, scoring 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the field, grabbing six rebounds and blocking four shots as Brown earned its first Ivy sweep of the season. In two games, Mullery connected on 89 percent of his shots, hitting 16 of 18 field goals.