Miles guard Avery Brown and coach Fred Watson were recently honored by the Black College Sports Network with honors for the 2021 men’s basketball season. Brown was named to the media organization’s Division II All-American Team while Watson was selected Coach of the Year in Division II.
All-American first and second teams were created to recognize the top 10 players competing on teams that met the NCAA minimum number of games for participation in the 2021 NCAA national postseason tournaments. Among the three levels and first teams, a national player of the year and coach of the year were selected for each level by votes from media members of the HBCU-Pro Sports Media Association (HBCU-PSA). HBCU sports fans were also given a single representative vote in the process.
Brown, a senior from Clermont, Fla., was placed on the NCAA Division II Second Team. His outstanding season concluded with him averaging 17 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He scored more than 20 points five times, including a season-high 27 against Spring Hill, and had three different games with eight assists.
The Golden Bears went 10-1, dropping their only contest at Tuskegee by one point with an undermanned roster. That was enough to earn Watson the Coach of the Year nod.
“Anytime you can be recognized amongst your peers with such an honor is truly a blessing. I am blessed to be able to lead, motivate, inspire and empower this great group of guys,” Watson said.
The Golden Bears finished fourth in the final BCSN Small Schools poll, which incorporates all non-NCAA Division I HBCU programs. Working through the challenges of this past season made Watson appreciate the BCSN honor even more, as he felt it was a testament to the foundation that has been built with the Miles men’s basketball program.
“Coach of the Year has always been a team award to me, as it recognizes the hard work of our players and coaches throughout the year,” Watson said. “But this one is a little more special because of what the players and coaches had to go through this season just to get on the court due to COVID. It’s a testament to the character and strength of our team.”