Eric Brand, Bethel (IN)
Eric Brand is the only player in Bethel history to play in four straight national championship games, winning three of them. Brand’s teams won the 1997 NAIA National Championship, 1998 NAIA National Championship, and 2000 NCCAA National Championship, while coming in second at the 1999 NAIA National Championships. Brand was named an NAIA Hall of Fame member in 2018, after being named to the NAIA All-Tournament teams in 1998 and 1999. He was named an NAIA All – American as a sophomore, NAIA Second Team All – American as a junior, and NAIA First Team All – American as a senior.
Brand set the NAIA National Championship game record with 38 points. Upon graduation had NAIA tournament records in rebounds and free throws attempted, top five in rebounds and free throws made. Was named Crossroads League First Team All-Conference three times. Brand is the all-time leading scorer in Bethel history (2,696), games played (157), consecutive games played (157), and double – doubles (68). He currently ranks second at Bethel in consecutive starts (118) and free throws made per game (4.197), third in career rebounds (1,313), victories (135), and conference victories (54), fourth in field goal attempts (1,712), and fifth in blocks (14).
The Bethel College standout was one of four Pilots to ever record a triple – double with 34 points, 18 rebounds, and 11 assists and was only the 23rd player to hit the 1000 point and 500 rebound milestones. Brand holds numerous single – season records at Bethel as well. He currently holds the single – season record in points (909), free throws made (282), free throws attempted (377), free throws made per game (7.42), free throws attempted per game (9.921), and double – doubles (26 twice, 98-99 and 99-00). Brand is a member of the Bethel College Hall of Fame and has his jersey retired.