SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Julius Brown earns All-Mid-American Conference First Team honor at Toledo
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media March 28, 2014 8:30PM
Julius Brown, of Toledo. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 1, 2014 6:35AM
While there may be an “I” in Julius Brown’s first name, there’s certainly not one in his team-oriented style of play.
This season, not only did the 2011 Hillcrest graduate lead Toledo in scoring, the junior point guard also displayed his unselfish side, pacing the Rockets in assists.
As a result of his many achievements, Brown was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team for the first time in his career.
While the All-MAC honor certainly is welcomed, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Brown wanted more for this season, both for himself and his teammates.
“That (being named All-MAC) doesn’t mean that much to me,” Brown said. “I was focused on our team goals.
“We reached one goal, which was to win the MAC regular-season championship, but we didn’t accomplish our other goal of winning the MAC Tournament championship.
“We preached to each other all season that winning games was our main objective, but we didn’t reach our main goal of making the NCAA Tournament. Making the All-MAC Team was kind of bittersweet because of (not making the NCAA Tournament).”
Toledo went 27-7 overall and 14-4 in the MAC, the latter good enough for a share of first place with Western Michigan. Brown, a Markham resident, led the Rockets in scoring (14.9 ppg), three-pointers (59) and assists (6 apg), while tying for the team lead in free-throw percentage (87 percent, 121-of-139).
Brown ranks third in career assists at Toledo with 550. He had 205 assists this season.
“I was out to get my teammates the ball,” Brown said. “They had the hard job of finishing. They made me look good. As for my scoring, I was just being efficient.
“I just want to make the others around me better. As a good point guard, I should be able to do that. I’ve been working on providing leadership and my other skills.”
As a junior, Brown, who was the MAC West Division Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 20, will have one more opportunity to take Toledo to the NCAA Tournament in 2015.
“We had a great season,” Brown said. “It was fun playing with a lot of new guys; they were great additions and they made a great impact on the team this season.
“There were a lot of people around the community who were praising us for having 27 wins this season, but that doesn’t mean a lot to us because we didn’t reach our goals of winning the MAC Tournament and getting into the NCAA Tournament.
“We will try to beat that next year. The freshmen will have a year under their belts, and we have everyone coming back. We’ll be used to playing with one another and that will help us next year.”
Kudos for Kubiak
Cornell freshman forward Jeff Kubiak was named the East Coast Athletic Conference Hockey Rookie of the Week for the period ending Feb. 4.
The Tinley Park resident scored his first collegiate goal in the second period of a 3-2 victory Jan. 31 at Yale. Kubiak also added an assist in that game.
One night later, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Kubiak had an assist on the Big Red’s first goal in a 2-1 win over host Brown.
For the season, Kubiak played in 30 games, finishing with one goal and eight assists for nine points. He also was a plus-1 in the plus-minus category.
Cornell was 17-10-5 overall and 11-7-4 in the ECAC.