Brooks Earns NABC Division III All-America Honors
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Western Connecticut State
University senior guard DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, Ga.) was named to
the 2011-12 National Basketball Coaches Association of
America (NABC) Division III All-America, first-team this
afternoon, becoming the first Colonial male player ever
to be named to the nation's top team. Former Western standout Brice
Assie was selected to the second squad following the 2005
Brooks is the fifth Little East men's basketball player to earn a spot on the top-team and 11th overall. Keene State's Chris Coates was the last student-athlete to be honored on the first-team, while University of Massachusetts Dartmouth center Dan Holbrook was the last player to be recognized on the national team.
This past season, Brooks was named Little East Conference Player of the Year for the third straight season after being named LEC Rookie of the Year in 2008-09.
During his senior campaign, he became the school's all-time scorer with 2,269 points, surpassing John Osborne's (1963-67) mark of 1,813 points, a record that stood for 45 years. He also broke the school's career assist record and finished with 467 assists in 107 games, for an average of 4.4 per game.
Brooks hit 100 three pointers this past season and was just under 80% accuracy from the free-throw line (201 of 252).
For the season, he scored 815 points (29.1 ppg) and increased his scoring average 7.3 points a game from his junior campaign. Game highs for the season include: 52 points in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Christopher Newport University – including 45 of the team's 58 points in the second half, 38 of his 45 second-half points against CNU came in the final 13:02, lifting the Colonials from a seven-point deficit.
He helped the Colonials to their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance and second straight second-round appearance.
He handed out a season and career-high 15 assists in a win over Plymouth State University in the final regular-season game on February 18.
(Western Connecticut Sports Information)