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Bearcats Troy Caupain and Gary Clark named to Lute Olson Award Watch List

Senior guard Troy Caupain and junior forward Gary Clark were named to the Lute Olson Watch List on Monday. These two Bearcats are getting a lot of preseason recognition, this should mean for a strong campaign for the 2016-17 team.

Bearcats Troy Caupain and Gary Clark rack up another accolade before the start of the season, on Friday they play Brown at 7 pm at Fifth Third Arena. Caupain (Co-Player of the Year) and Clark have both made Preseason-First Team All-American Athletic Conference.

These two both will be counted on by the team to carry a nice load, so we will see how they fair by the end of the year.

Per GoBearcats

University of Cincinnati senior guard Troy Caupain (Midlothian, Va./Cosby HS) and junior forward Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton HS) have been named to the preseason watch list for the 2017 Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award, CollegeInsider.com announced Monday.

The award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division player who has played at least two seasons.

Cincinnati is one of nine schools with multiple players on the 50-player watch list, along with Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon, North Carolina, Villanova, Wisconsin and Xavier. 

Caupain was named American Athletic Conference Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches in October. Caupain and Clark were both selected as the only unanimous picks to the league’s first team.

Caupain averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 assists while ranking among The American’s leaders in six categories in 2015-16. His 4.8 assists were the most at UC since 2002-03 (Taron Baker at 5.0). Caupain also earned selection to the American Championship All-Tournament team after scoring a career-high 37 points to go with 10 rebounds and zero turnovers in 56 minutes of play in the four-overtime quarterfinal thriller with UConn on March 11, 2016.

Clark averaged 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds last season while earning second-team all-league accolades and The American’s Defensive Player of the Year award. His 3.4 offensive rebounds per game ranked 28th in the nation. Clark finished the season as the only player in The American to rank among the league’s top six leaders in rebounds (third with 8.8 per game), blocks (sixth at 1.5) and steals (tied for sixth at 1.2). His 536 rebounds after two seasons are the most since Danny Fortson tallied 574 rebounds through the 1995 and 1996 campaigns.

Lute Olson won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

The recipient of the 2017 Lute Olson Award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com awards banquet on April 31 in Phoenix, Arizona, site of the men's division I basketball championship.

// 2017 LUTE OLSON AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST

Jalen Adams, Connecticut

Grayon Allen, Duke

Joel Berry II, North Carolina

James Blackmon, Jr., Indiana

Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson

Trevon Bluiett, Xavier

Chris Boucher, Oregon

Evans Bradds, Belmont

Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky

Dillon Brooks, Oregon

Thomas Bryant, Indiana

Antonio Campbell, Ohio

Jevon Carter, West Virginia

Troy Caupain, Cincinnati

Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington

Gary Clark, Cincinnati

T.J. Cline , Richmond

Charles Cooke, Dayton

Tyler Davis, Texas A&M

Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State

Marcus Evans, Rice

J.J. Frazier, Georgia

Jack Gibbs, Davidson

Devonte' Graham , Kansas

Isaac Hamilton, UCLA

Josh Hart, Villanova

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin

Justin Jackson, North Carolina

Kris Jenkins, Villanova

Peter Jok, Iowa

Moses Kingsley, Arkansas

Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin

Dedric Lawson, Memphis

William Lee, UAB

JeQuan Lewis, VCU

Tyler Lyndon, Syracuse

Kelan Martin, Butler

Frank Mason III, Kansas

Yante Maten, Georgia

E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island

Monte Morris, Iowa State

Johnathan Motley, Baylor

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Ivan Rabb, California

Justin Robinson, Monmouth

Edmund Summer, Xavier

Alonzo Trier, Arizona

Melo Trimble, Maryland

Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tennessee

Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma


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