Big Rapids, Mich. - The nation's number one free shooter in Division II men's basketball resides in Big Rapids as senior guard Kenny Brown (Farmington Hills/Harrison) of the Ferris State University men's squad holds down the top spot in this week's Division II National Basketball Statistics.
Brown ranks first in the nation in Division II in free throw percentage at 96.5% this season. He's made 63-of-66 free throw attempts on the year and is shooting 95% (57-60) in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play.
The 6-2 senior's 96.5% overall total is the second-best at any of the three NCAA men's basketball levels of play (I,II,III) and he trails Division I leader Keith Hornsby of North Carolina-Asheville by only an eyelash as Hornsby's hit 57-of-59 tries for a 96.6% figure.
Last Saturday (Jan. 19), Brown also became only the 26th player in school history to notch 1,000 career points in the Bulldogs' league road setback at Lake Superior State. He's totaled 1,002 points in 74 games at Ferris State after playing his initial collegiate campaign in 2009-10 at Division II member Augstana (S.D.). Presently, he's sixth in the GLIAC in scoring to date at 16.8 points per game and has totaled 12 double-figure scoring games this campaign, including three with 28 points or more.
A year ago, Brown scored in double-digits in 22 of 26 games a year ago en route to claiming All-GLIAC First Team accolades as FSU won a second consecutive GLIAC North Division title. He was also a preseason All-GLIAC honoree this campaign. Two years ago, he came alive for the Bulldogs as a sophomore in FSU's 2010-11 NCAA Tournament run and was recognized as an All-Tournament Team selection after helping the Bulldogs to the Division II Sweet Sixteen at the regional tournament.
In addition to Brown leading the country in free throw percentage, FSU also ranks third nationally as a team in fewest turnovers with only 10.3 miscues per game.
The Bulldogs, who are 8-8 overall and 7-5 in the GLIAC, will play two league games this week. FSU hosts conference leader Wayne State on Thursday, Jan. 24, for a 6 p.m. (ET) league tilt inside Jim Wink Arena. Ferris State has presently won each of its last six home contests this season and owns a current 6-0 mark inside Wink Arena in league home games this year.
Then, on Saturday, Jan. 26, FSU visits Saginaw Valley State for a 5 p.m. (ET) conference contest in University Center, Mich.