Brownridge Named Finalist For National Freshman Of The Year; Honored On Freshman All-America Team
Already named the 2014 West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year, Santa Clara freshman Jared Brownridge was a named as a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award on March 31 with the award going to Duke's Jabari Parker on April 4. Brownridge was also named to the 2013-14 Kyle Macy All-America Team.
Brownridge established seven Santa Clara freshman season records and 3 game records this past year when he scored 567 points, including 95 threes made. He averaged 17.2 ppg, shooting 43.6 percent beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free throw line. He scored a Bronco freshman record 38 points at Pepperdine on March 1, which was tied for the ninth highest total in school history and the most since Steve Ross scored 38 at Gonzaga on 1/11/02.
Brownridge was the seventh player in school history with three or more 30 pt. games in a single season. He scored 30 points in back-to-back games (vs. BYU 1/18, at USF 1/25) and was just the fourth Bronco with consecutive 30-pt. games. He was the fourth Bronco to play over 1,100 (1,107) in a season and he made 54 of last 58 free throws he shot in 2013-14 (93.1 percent).
Bronco fans may remember Brownridge most for the three point field goal he made with 1.2 seconds left at Saint Mary's (1/9) for first SCU win there since 2009.
The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.
After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.