The Citadel’s Brown Earns Second SoCon Player of the Week Honor

The Citadel’s Brown Earns Second SoCon Player of the Week Honor
Hayden Brown scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for his ninth double-double as The Citadel beat Western Carolina 74-63 on Saturday. (Source: The Citadel Basketball)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Redshirt junior Hayden Brown has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.

Brown becomes the first player from The Citadel to earn multiple SoCon Player of the Week awards in a single season since Lew Stallworth in 2018-19, and the Greer, S.C., native is the third player to win the award twice this season, joining Samford’s Myron Gordon and VMI’s Greg Parham.

One of the top candidates for SoCon Player of the Year, Brown notched his 10th and 11th double-doubles of the season this past week, moving him into sole possession of third place on The Citadel’s all-time single-season chart in that category; Brown’s 11 double-doubles are currently tied for sixth in the nation and are the most in the SoCon, two more than Chattanooga’s Malachi Smith.

Against ETSU last Wednesday, Brown spurred the Bulldogs to an upset victory, holding off a late charge by the Bucs in a 79-71 victory. The redshirt junior finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, of which 12 points and nine rebounds came in the second half. After ETSU closed the gap to just three points, 66-63, with 4:57 to play, Brown took over the game, scoring The Citadel’s next seven points on his own to effectively put the game out of reach.

On Saturday at Chattanooga, he logged his fifth game this season with at least 15 rebounds, tallying 13 points and 15 boards in the narrow loss to the Mocs.

Brown, who remains the SoCon’s leader in both scoring (20.2) and rebounding (11.0) this season, is on pace to become the first Bulldog to average a double-double over an entire season since John Sutor accomplished the feat in the 1970-71 campaign. Brown would also be the first player from any SoCon school to average a double-double since ETSU’s Jeromy Rodriguez in 2018-19.

Brown and the Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. as The Citadel makes the trip to visit in-state foe Wofford. The Bulldogs will be seeking their first-ever regular season sweep of the Terriers, who joined the SoCon prior to the 1997-98 campaign, after picking up a 77-69 victory over Wofford inside McAlister Field House on Jan. 27.