Men's Basketball: Tarchee Voted Top Player in Northeast Region for 2017-18

Men's Basketball: Tarchee Voted Top Player in Northeast Region for 2017-18

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Eastern Connecticut State University senior forward Tarchee Brown (Rockville) has been selected as the program's first NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches') Northeast District Player-of-the-Year, announced today.

Brown was one of six selection to the All-Northeast District first team, with five players additionally named to the second team.

Additionally, 16th-year head coach Bill Geitner was honored as District Coach-of-the-Year for the second time in eight years after leading Eastern to a record 26-4 season and into the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2011-12, he directed the Warriors to a then-record 24 wins (against six losses) and into the third round of the NCAA tournament.

“It is a great honor for Tarchee and the program,” says Geitner. “Tarchee has worked tirelessly on his game, and to see his hard work recognized in this manner is very rewarding.” 

Brown becomes the program's fifth All-District selection – fourth under Geitner – following Rossie Covington (1992-93), Nick Nedwick (2011-12), Mike Garrow (2013-14) and Hugh Lindo (2016-17). All but Nedwick were first-team picks.

As the district's Player-of-the-Year, Brown will be one of eight candidates to be named national Player-of-the-Year and is virtually assured of a spot on the NABC All-America team when it is announced on Thursday afternoon.

See Tarchee Brown's 2017-18 accomplishments below.


  • Little East Conference Player-of-the-Year

  • Set program career records for points (1,959) and was seven points shy of breaking the season record of 589 points, set in 1961-62.

  • Field goals made (215) equaled the second-most in a season in program history.

  • Named to All-LEC first team for fourth time (only Eastern player to do this)

  • LEC tournament MVP

  • Only player in LEC ranked among the top three in points (583), rebounds (239) and assists (127)

  • Led team in points-rebounds-assists four times and in points and rebounds 11 times

  • In final LEC statistics, ranked first in minutes (1,028), second in points, FGs (215), rebounds, FTs (115), minutes per game (34.3), FTA (174), defensive rebounds per game (6.13), third in double-doubles (8), assists, FGA (424), rebounds per game (8.0), fourth in FG pct. (50.7), and fifth in scoring (19.4).

  • Led team to program record for overall wins (26), and regular-season wins (22) and to best overall winning percentage (86.7) since 1942-43.

  • Shot at least 50 percent from the floor in ten straight games and in 22 of 30 overall during the season

  • Led Eastern to highest ranking ever (No. 10) in national poll

  • Led team to fifth straight LEC regular-season title and to second straight LEC tournament championship (first time repeating in 32 years of LEC competition)

  • Helped team to a perfect LEC regular-season home record for the fifth straight year

  • Named to Team-of-the-Week Dec. 12

  • Two-time LEC Player-of-the-Week

  • Had three 30-point games against WPI (32), UMass Dartmouth (31) and Amherst (31)

  • Top FG games were 8-of-9 vs. Plymouth State and 9-of-12 vs. Rhode Island College.

  • Top rebounding games included 16 twice (vs. Southern Maine and 16 vs. UMass Boston)

  • Top assists included 8 twice (vs. Plymouth State and Dean)