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Paupack’s Brown finishes collegiate career

Jake Brown wrapped up his college career at Middlebury College in Vermont by earning second-team New England Small College Athletic Conference all-star honors and helping the Panthers to an appearance in the NCAA Division III men’s basketball Elite Eight.

Brown, a Wallenpaupack and JB Hoops alum, played for his uncle at Middlebury. Jeff Brown was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after the team repeated as NESCAC tournament champion.

Jake Brown led the NESCAC in assists and fell one short of the school record by dishing out 552 in his career.

The team’s second-leading scorer as a senior, Brown started every game the last three seasons. He finished with 89 starts in 106 career games while scoring 906 points.

This season, Brown averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 assists and 1.4 steals. He shot 43.3 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from 3-point range and 74.5 percent from the line.

The 5-11 guard ran the offense for Middlebury in a 27-4 season. He helped host Middlebury pound Endicott, 89-60, for its 14th straight win and a berth in the national quarterfinals.

Middlebury built a 71-29 lead before the midway point in the second half against Endicott, a team it had lost to early in the season. Brown hit 7 of 12 shots while finishing with 19 points and 8 assists.

The Panthers had their season come to an end one game short of the Final Four with a 79-75 loss to a Williams College team that included Bobby Casey, Brown’s former JB Hoops teammate. Brown had 10 points, 6 assists and 3 steals in his final college game.

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