Locals earn NABC honors

The honors just keep coming for Cal State San Bernardino junior center Brandon Brown and senior guard Devin Montgomery.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their all-West Region team in NCAA Division II and Brown was voted to the first team and Montgomery to the second team.

Brown, a 6-7 postman who was all-CCAA conference first-team, the CCAA’s newcomer of the year and MVP of the CCAA tournament, is now eligible to be considered for the NABC all-America teams that will be announced at the Elite Eight in Springfield, Mass later this month.

Earlier last week, Brown was voted by sports information directors in the West Region to the Daktronics all-West Region first team.

Montgomery, a 6-foot guard, was an all-CCAA first-team selection.

Joining Brown on the NABC all-region first team were Larry Gordon of Cal Poly Pomona, Lucas Alves of BYU-Hawaii, Michael Hernandez of Cal State Dominguez Hills, Ira Graham of Western Washington and Jake Linton of Saint Martin’s.

Along with Montgomery, the other second-teamers on the NABC all-star teams were Jerrell Smith of CSU Dominguez Hills, Zac Tiedeman of Humboldt State, Matt Penoncello of Central Washington, Kenny Barker of Alaska Anchorage and Jay DeMaestri of Hawaii Hilo.

Greg Kamansky of Cal Poly Pomona was voted coach of the year by the NABC.

Brown led the CCAA in scoring at 21.5 points per game, was No. 3 in rebounding at 8.7 rebounds per game, No.4 in field goal percentage (56.0), No. 1 in blocked shots (39 – 1.7/game) and No. 1 in offensive rebounds per game (2.8). He was the team leader in all those categories.

Montgomery was No. 6 in the CCAA in scoring (14.3 ppg), No. 12 in field goal percentage (49.8), No. 9 in assists (3.1/game), No. 7 in 3-point FG percentage (40.7). He led the team in assists (94) and averaged 2.4 rebounds a game and shot 75 percent from the foul line.