Brian Voelkel’s freshman season at Vermont couldn’t have unfolded much better. He started every game and led his team in rebounds and assists, and led the America East conference in rebounding (9.6 RPG) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2-to-1.0). It earned him the conference’s Rookie of the Year honor.
The Iona Prep grad’s performance hasn’t gone unnoticed. His effort for the 23-9 Catamounts earned freshman all-America honors from CollegeInsider.com alongside 20 others, including some of the top players in the country, like Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes.
At Vermont, they have called Voelkel’s freshman season one of the best in program history. And the honors still continue to flow in. Last week, Voelkel was named the top non-senior male athlete at the university when he won the 2011 Underclass Athletic Achievement Award at Vermont’s Rally Awards.
Below is the introduction from the Rally Awards. It includes mention of Voelkel’s statistical achievements and a look at a few highlights from his freshman season.