40 Micah Brand
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One of two seniors on coach Steve Lappas’ UMass roster, Micah Brand returns for his third season as a starter along the frontline hoping to garner All-Atlantic 10 honors in his final year as a Minuteman ... Will join fellow senior Jackie Rogers as a co-captain on Lappas’ second UMass team ... Heads into his senior campaign with 631 points, 369 shy of becoming the school’s 36th career 1,000-point scorer ... His 75 career blocks place him just outside the school’s top 10 in that category ... Has added 19 pounds of muscle to his athletic frame since his arrival in Amherst ... “Micah needs to take a big step this year,” Lappas said. “When he played well last year, we were good, and when he didn’t play well, we weren’t as good. So, a lot is going to fall on him. He worked hard over the summer, he has the talent, and I believe he is very focused on what he needs to do. I believe Micah has a sense of urgency about the season, and hopefully that will give him the edge he needs to get him over the top. If he comes with that edge, he can have a great season.”
As a Junior in 2001-2002
Made 24 starts in 27 appearances ... UMass’ third-leading scorer (9.3 ppg) and second-best rebounder (5.7 rpg) ... Recorded 13 double-figure scoring games ... Tallied a career-high-tying 23 points against Arkansas-Little Rock in the season opener ... The Minutemen were 8-5 on the year when he produced a double-digit scoring effort ... Paced the UMass offensive attack in four games, all of which came in the Mullins Center, against Arkansas-Little Rock (23), Holy Cross (15), Maine (17) and George Washington (17) ... Also led the team rebounding 12 times, blocks on eight occasions and steals in seven games ... In the Atlantic 10 Tournament, he averaged 13.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg ... Had an 11-point, two-rebound effort in UMass’ A-10 Tournament win over George Washington, then had 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the quarterfinal loss to eventual tourney champion and No. 24 Xavier ... Was second on the team in blocks (27), third in both steals (18, tie) and minutes played (770), fourth in field goal percentage (.432) ... Ranked ninth in the A-10 in blocks (1.0 bpg), 12th in defensive rebounds (4.22 drpg) and tied for 19th in rebounding (5.7 rpg) ... In A-10 games only, he was 12th in blocks at 0.86 bpg ... Grabbed five or more rebounds 16 times, including four double-digit efforts, and recorded his first three career double-doubles (12 points / 11 rebounds at Marshall, 17 / 10 vs. George Washington in Amherst, 15 / 12 vs. Xavier in A-10 Tournament) ... Averaged 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in UMass wins while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 71.9 percent at the free throw line, but in its losses averaged 8.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and shot 38.7 percent from the field and 60.0 percent at the foul line ... Had at least one block in 14 games, two or more swats eight times ... Turned in a career-high-tying four rejection effort against George Washington in Amherst ... UMass was 5-1 when he collected two or more steals ... Had a career-high four thefts against Maine ... Also recorded 11 multiple-assist games, including a career-high-tying four assists three times (at Marshall, vs. La Salle in Amherst and against George Washington in the A-10 Tournament) ... Played 30 or more minutes 15 times, one of which was a career-long 39-minute stint against Xavier in the Atlantic 10 Tournament ... Received the Alex Eldridge Coaches Appreciation Award at the team’s season-ending banquet ... On UMass’ four-game exhibition tour through Greece, he averaged 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg ... Shot 51.7 percent from the floor on the trip and turned in a pair of double-figure scoring efforts.
As a Sophomore in 2000-2001
Appeared in all 30 games, and drew 23 starts ... Shared the Atlantic 10’s Chris Daniels Most Improved Player honor with teammate Kitwana Rhymer ... Made his first career start in sixth game of campaign, went on to start 22 of UMass’ last 24 contests ... Averaged 9.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game against Atlantic 10 foes, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 69.8 percent at the free throw line ... Those marks compared to overall season averages of 8.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 46.0 percent field goal and 66.3 percent foul shooting ... Had 12 double-figure scoring games, but eight came in UMass losses ... Netted a career-high 23 points at Dayton, and pulled down season-high 10 rebounds against Xavier in Amherst ... His career night at Dayton was aided by a 9-for-10 effort at the free throw line ... grabbed five or more rebounds 15 times ... Ranked second on the team and seventh in the A-10 in blocked shots (33, 1.1 bpg) ... Also ranked second on the squad in rebounding (4.7 rpg), fourth in scoring (8.4 ppg), minutes played (654) and field goal percentage (.460), fifth in free throw percentage (.663) ... rejected at least one shot in 21 of 30 appearances, including a career-high four blocks against both Duquesne and Marquette ... Played 30 or more minutes four times ... Led team in blocked shots seven times, rebounding six times and scoring twice (13 at Connecticut, 23 at Dayton) ... Shared team’s Most Improved Player Award with Ronell Blizzard.
As a Freshman in 1999-2000
Played in 29 games, as a rookie, off the bench ... Missed final regular-season game and all three Atlantic 10 Tournament games due to illness ... Contributed 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game ... Was team’s second-leading field goal shooter at 51.9 percent ... In league play, he hit a team-high 52.9 percent of his field goals ... His 15 blocked shots were third-most on squad ... Netted 14 points, on 6-for-9 field goal shooting, at Rhode Island ... Also produced double-figure scoring games at Detroit (11 points) and American-Puerto Rico (11) ... Tallied five or more points nine times off the bench ... Pulled down 10 rebounds against Rhode Island ... Grabbed seven boards at Iona in his collegiate debut ... Had nine points at Boston College, including a free throw with 24 seconds left to give UMass a four-point lead en route to a 74-67 Commonwealth Classic victory ... Played 10 or more minutes 21 times with a high of 26 at Rhode Island.
Played three years for coach Jim DeStefano at Middletown (N.Y.) High School ... Second team All-County selection as a junior at Middletown ... Played his senior year for coach Brad Shapiro at Milford (Conn.) Academy ... Averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots per game as a senior ... Ranked among the top 90 seniors in the 1999 recruiting class by several publications ... Rated the No. 7 post player in the country by Athlon ... Full Court ranked Brand 15th among scholastic centers ... An All-Northeast selection ... Team captain during senior season ... Earned a 3.9 grade point average at Milford and graduated as the valedictorian ... National Honor Society member ... Listed in Who’s Who Among American Students and Who’s Who in American Sports ... Played soccer (goalkeeper) his freshman and sophomore years at Middletown ... Signed with UMass in the fall of 1998 after considering Penn State and Miami (Fla.).
Full name is Micah James Brand ... Born Oct. 18, 1980, in Harrisburg, Pa. ... Son of Tracy and Marie Brand ... Micah has a brother, and two sisters ... Psychology major who will graduate in May, 2003 ... Plays the saxophone and the piano.