Posted Jul 7, 2003 16:49:09
Former Bulldog P.J. Brown To Be Honored By LABC
RUSTON – Former Louisiana Tech Bulldog and current New Orleans Hornet P.J. Brown has been selected as the "Bob Pettit Award" winner for 2003 by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).
The Pettit Award is given annually by the LABC to the most outstanding professional basketball player from a Louisiana College and is selected by men's college basketball coaches from the state of Louisiana.
Brown was a second-round selection of the New Jersey Nets in 1992 and has played for the Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets before that team moved to New Orleans prior to the 2002-03 season.
The native of Winnfield, La., has played in 762 career NBA games, averaging 9.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.
Former LSU and current Los Lakers standout Shaquille O'Neal received the Pettit Award the previous three seasons while former Louisiana Tech and current Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone is an eight-time Pettit Award winner.
The honor is Brown's first Pettit Award during his NBA career.
There will be even more Louisiana Tech flavor at this year's LABC banquet as former Louisiana Tech and New Orleans Jazz basketball coach Scotty Robertson will receive the Mr. Louisiana Basketball award while former Bulldog Randy White will be inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
The LABC's 29th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon will be held at noon on July 24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge.