Shasha Brown '13 is 1st Team All-NESCAC with Other Regional Honors, Mike Callaghan '13 is 2nd Team after Stellar Men's Basketball Season
Following a stellar 20-6 season, the winningest in Wesleyan men's basketball history, two Cardinals received NESCAC post-season honors. Shasha Brown '13 (right-side photo) was named to the first team, his third straight season with NESCAC laurels. He was a second-team pick in 2010-11 and was named Rookie of the Year following the 2009-10 campaign. Selected for the NESCAC second team was Mike Callaghan '13 (left-side photo). It was his first post-season honor. Brown also earned second-team all-Northeast region honors from the National Basketball Coaches Association and fourth-team recognition from D3hoops.com on its Northeast region squad.
Brown has been the Cardinals' leading scorer and assist maker each of his three seasons. With a 17.1 PPG average in 2011-12, he ranked fourth in the NESCAC for scoring. He dished out an average of 4.32 assists a game to rank third in the conference while his 1.52 steals per game placed him fifth. Shooting a solid 50.5 percent from the field, Brown ranked ninth in the NESCAC while his 76.7 free-throw percentage gave him 10th place. For his career, Brown has amassed 1,333 points, putting him fourth all-time at Wesleyan with a year to go. He needs just 360 points to assume career scoring leadership. He averages 18.0 PPG over his 74 games played as well as 4.0 assists.
Callaghan, who has 803 career points and 439 career rebounds to average 10.7 PPG and 5.9 RPG over his 75 games played, came on strong over the Cardinals' final 16 games of the season. He scored in double digits 14 times over the final 16 contests after hitting double digits just once during the opening 10 games. He finished second on the team in scoring with 12.6 PPG and second in rebounding with 6.2 RPG. Those figures ranked him 13th and 12th, respectively, in the NESCAC. He hit a brisk 49.0 percent of his field goals to sit in 12th place in the NESCAC and his 68.3 percentage at the charity stripe was good for 15th place.
Wesleyan last had two individuals recognized by the NESCAC on its all-conference squads during the 2003-04 season when career scoring leader Kanim Johnson made first team and Keala Mills, who ranks sixth in scoring with 1,156 points, made second team.
Wesleyan, with its school-record 20 victories, eclipsing the previous mark of 18 during the 1990-91 season, was on the cusp of an NCAA Division III tournament bid but came up just short of an at-large selection to the field of 62 teams. The Cardinals went 7-3 in the NESCAC in 2011-12 and were seeded third in the NESCAC tournament, defeating sixth-seeded Bowdoin, 78-59, in an opening-round game before falling to second-seeded and NCAA-bound Middlebury in a semifinal, 74-52. Wesleyan graduates just one senior, Jason Mendell '12, who finished his career with 1,133 points to rank ninth all-time.