Wednesday night the Cincinnati Bearcats Men’s basketball team had their annual banquet at Montgomery Inn.
The 2015-16 Bearcats were 22-11 overall during the season and have four graduating seniors (Octavius Ellis, Farad Cobb, Shaq Thomas and Coreontae DeBerry).
At the end of the season Troy Caupain and Gary Clark were rewarded by the AAC for their play this season. Caupain made first team All-AAC and Clark was the Defensive Player of the Year and made second team All-AAC.
Other players received recognition during the season earning AAC Honor Roll, Shaq Thomas, Octavius Ellis and Farad Cobb. Jacob Evans earned AAC Freshman of the Week during the season.
10 awards were handed out at the banquet and Troy Caupain, Gary Clark, Tre Scott and Jacob Evans received multiple awards.
2015-16 Cincinnati Basketball Banquet Awards
Assists Award -- Troy Caupain
Rebounding Award -- Gary Clark
Defensive Player(s) of the Year Award -- Octavius Ellis and Kevin Johnson
Three-Point Shooting Award -- Farad Cobb
Free Throw Shooting Award – Jacob Evans
Most Improved Player Award – Jacob Evans
Bearcat Award for Character and Leadership – Shaq Thomas
High Deflections Award – Gary Clark
Academic Award – Tre Scott
*All-Conference Honors – Troy Caupain and Gary Clark
Teammate(s) of the Year – Kyle Washington and Tre Scott
This awards banquet pretty much sums up the 2015-16 season. The Bearcats will be losing four quality seniors, but with who they have returning plus the new recruiting class this team should be in the top of the AAC and for those following the ESPN too early Top 25 poll the Bearcats were ranked at 25th. I know it is too early to be trying to rank teams, but at least it seems the national media has some respect for the Bearcats. Now the question is will they live up to the expectations?