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Five men’s basketball players honored by MAC

Junior guard Julius “Juice” Brown, senior guard Rian Pearson, junior guard Justin Drummond and junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon were each recognized by the Mid-American Conference as the all-league squads were announced.

Junior guard Julius “Juice” Brown has been named to the Mid-American Conference's first team.

Junior guard Julius “Juice” Brown has been named to the Mid-American Conference’s first team.

Brown was named to the first team, Pearson to the second team, Drummond to the third team, and Weatherspoon was an honorable-mention selection.

In addition, freshman guard Jonathan Williams was named to the MAC’s All-Freshman Team to mark the third straight season a Rocket has been included on that squad.

Brown ranks sixth in the MAC with a team-high 14.8 points per game and leads the conference with 6.3 asists per game and a 2.1 assist/turnover ratio. He has scored in double digits in a career-high 11 straight games, including 17 of 18 conference contests. Brown, who ranks third in school history with 541 assists, leads the Rockets with seven 20-point scoring outings, including a season-high 28 points at Ohio (Feb. 1) and 25 points at Akron (Jan. 18).

A second-team honoree as a sophomore and first-team recipient as a junior, Pearson is the first Rocket to receive all-league honors on three occasions since Greg Stempin in the 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2000-01 campaigns. Pearson, who ranks 11th in MAC scoring with 14.3 points per game and eighth with 1.7 steals per game, leads Toledo with a career-high 41.8 three-point field-goal percentage and is tied for the team lead with 25 double-digit scoring games and is second with 5.3 rebounds per game.

Drummond, who also was the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Sixth Player of the Year and All-MAAC Third Team honoree at Loyola (Maryland) in 2011-12, ranks second on the team with 14.5 points per game (ninth in MAC) and 2.7 assists per game and third with 4.9 rebounds per game and 51.7 field-goal percentage. Drummond has registered the second-most free throws (145) and free-throw attempts (192) in the MAC, and also ranks second on the team with seven 20-point games and third with 24 double-digit contests.

Weatherspoon ranks 10th in the MAC with a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game and is tied for fourth in the league with a team-best 55.3 field-goal percentage. Scoring 11.3 points per game, Weatherspoon ranks second on the team with 168 free-throw attempts and third with 99 free throws made. He has scored in double figures in 21 contests, including career-high 20 points and 14 rebounds at Akron (Jan. 18) in 35 minutes.

Willams, who is the 13th Rocket to receive All-Freshman laurels, averaged 7.1 points per game in 17.4 minutes per game off the bench and ranked second on the team with 32 three-point field goals made. An 82.5 percent shooter from the charity stripe, Williams tallied his conference-season best 14 points on four of four three-point shooting at Ohio (Feb. 1).

Toledo will be back in action Friday, March 14, at 9 p.m. in Cleveland when they will face an opponent to be determined in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

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