MANHATTAN, Kansas – Freshman Barry Brown was selected as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday after averaging 17.0 points off the bench in road games against Texas and No. 2/1 Oklahoma.
Brown becomes the second Wildcat freshman to win the Big 12 newcomer award after Dean Wade won the weekly accolade on Dec. 7, 2015 and the third overall player to earn an accolade from the league since junior Wesley Iwundu won Player of the Week honors to open the season on Nov. 16, 2015. Brown is the sixth different Wildcat player to be selected for the honor since 2007. Overall, it marks the school’s 30th Newcomer of the Week honor since the inception of the Big 12 in 1997, including the fourth under head coach Bruce Weber.
A 6-foot-3 guard from St. Petersburg, Fla., Brown has led the Wildcats in scoring in four of the last five games, including a combined 34 points in contests last week at Texas and No. 2/1 Oklahoma, all from the bench. He averaged 17.0 points on 48.1 percent shooting (13-of-27), which included four 3-pointers, with 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 27 minutes per game.
Brown scored a team-high 15 points against the Longhorns on 5-of-11 field goals with 3 assists and 2 steals in 24 minutes while knocking down 3-of-4 attempts from the free throw line on Jan. 5. He scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half against the Sooners on 8-of-16 shooting with a season-high 8 rebounds and 2 steals in a season-best 30 minutes of action on Jan. 9.
Brown, who is averaging 14.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting in the last five games, ranks first on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (37.0), second in 3-point field goals (20) and steals (17) and fourth in scoring (9.1 ppg.) and double-figure scoring games (6). He is one of three Wildcat freshmen averaging better than 8.5 points per game, along with Wade (10.9 ppg.) and Kamau Stokes (8.7 ppg.).
K-State (10-5, 0-3 Big 12) begins a two-game homestand on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats host Texas Tech (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) at 7 p.m. CT on Military Appreciation Night at Bramlage Coliseum. Military personnel can purchase tickets for just $10 with their ID, while fans can take advantage of the Wildcat 4-Pack, which includes four general admission tickets for just $50. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City (state of Kansas, Kansas City area), K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3 (outside the state of Kansas).