Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Month
Brian Sullivan, Miami
Freshman, Guard, Upper Arlington, Ohio (Upper Arlington)
Sullivan has scored in double figures in six of Miami’s eight games in January, including two 20-point performances, and has scored no less than eight points in any game this month. He leads all conference players in 3-pointers per game in MAC play (3.4 per game) and ranks second among all MAC players and ties for second all Division I freshmen nationally in made 3-pointers per game on the season (2.7 per game). Sullivan leads all Division I freshmen nationally in 3-point field-goal percentage (according to Stats Inc. minimum 1.5 made per game) and ranks sixth among all Division I players nationally according to the NCAA statistics (minimium 2.5 made per game) with a .481 percentage. Sullivan started the month knocking down eight 3-pointers against a strong Vanderbilt team, which tied for third on Miami’s single-game list, en route to a career-high 24 points. He,shot 72.7 percent from the field and a scorching 80-percent from 3-point range at Vanderbilt. His eight treys against the Commodores are the most by a MAC player this season, and he is the youngest player to hit that mark in Miami history … in his last outing, Sullivan sunk six triples at Western Michigan, which ties for 10th on Miami’s single-game list and helped the RedHawks tie the second-best single-game 3-point performance in school history … his 13.9 ppg in MAC play leads all MAC freshmen and ties for eighth among conference leaders. He has led Miami in scoring in four of its eight games in January and his 15.1 ppg in January leads all RedHawks. He shot 48.2 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from 3-point range and 75.0 percent from the free throw line last month.
Austin McBroom, Central Michigan
Freshman, Guard, North Hollywood, Calif. (Campbell Hall)
In MAC play only, the North Hollywood, Calif., native ranks second among freshmen in scoring (12.6) and second in assists (2.5). Among all league players in conference action, McBroom ranks second in 3-pointers made (2.8) and free throw percentage (.905) and sixth in 3-point percentage (.468). He has started seven of CMU's eight MAC games at the point and has been in double figures in six of them. He poured in a career-high 19 points against defending MAC champion Kent State. McBroom also had 16 points against both Toledo and Ball State.
Freshman, Guard, Markham, Ill. (Hillcrest)
Brown averaged 6.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 4.7 apg for the month with his top performance a 17-point outing at Western Michigan. He has helped the Rockets rank among the league leaders with their 71.0 ppg (4th in MAC) and 45.2 FG% (5th in MAC). He ranks fourth nationally among freshman in assists and is in the MAC’s Top 20 in assists (4th/5.1 apg), assist/turnover ratio (7th/1.4), steals (10th/1.5 spg), FT% (11th/74.6 FT%) and points (18th/11.2 ppg).