First off I want to say congrats to Troy Caupain, Kyle Washington and Jarron Cumberland for being honored by the AAC, but hindsight 20/20, I want to know why Jacob Evans and Gary Clark were slighted? I saw that SMU got four members to the All-AAC (First and Second) teams, why couldn't the Bearcats? Maybe I'm being a homer, but at the same time both players have a valid case. I won't turn this article into a plead for the slighted Bearcats, I'll go back to showing love to the guys who got honored.
Caupain didn't score like others expected, but his overall floor game has been great and that is why he was honored by the conference, he might didn't live up to the Co-Player of the Year label placed on him in the preseason, but everyone knows he is one of the best guards in the conference.
Washington was the new guy on the scene and the lefty made people pay inside and out if they didn't respect him. Hey Bearcat fans we still have Kyle for another year.
Cumberland was one of the highest ranked recruits in the Cronin era and after a slow start he turned up the heat and let everyone know that his high school rankings weren't fluff. He's only a freshman people think about that for a second.
A trio of University of Cincinnati men’s basketball players have earned American Athletic Conference accolades the league announced Tuesday.
Voted upon by the league’s coaches, senior guard Troy Caupain (Midlothian, Va./Cosby HS) and junior forward Kyle Washington (Champlin, Minn./NC State) were named second team all-conference while freshman guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) was selected to the all-rookie team.
Caupain (9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists) has served as the floor general for the 15th-ranked Bearcats, helping guide the squad to a 27-4 regular-season mark and 16-2 league record. He entered this week ranked fourth in the nation and first in the league with a 3.84-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio and is one assist shy of becoming only the second player in school history to achieve 1,200 points and 500 assists in a career (Deonta Vaughn [1,885 points and a school-best 511 assists from 2007-10]). He has recorded one or zero turnovers in 22 games this season and ranks fourth in the league in assists (4.6 per game).
Caupain currently ranks among the school’s top players for assists (third with 499), minutes played (fifth at 3,804), victories (tied for fifth at 99), games played (tied for seventh at 132) and points (28th at 1,244).
Washington (13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks) ranks second on the team in scoring and has registered 10 or more points in 22 games this season. He has posted seven double-doubles and is shooting 50.8 percent (164 of 323) from the field this season.
Washington enters the American Championship ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (fifth at .508), blocks (seventh at 1.4), rebounds (10th at 7.1) and scoring (14th at 13.3 points). He claimed a team-high seven honors from the league during the regular season (weekly honor roll six times and player of the week once).
Cumberland (7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists) has provided the Bearcats a spark off the bench in his first season at the collegiate level, averaging 18.0 minutes. He enters the postseason shooting 48.4 percent (77 of 159) from the floor.
Cumberland was named rookie of the week three times during the season, including Monday. He was tabbed player of the week once. He is averaging 12.0 points while shooting a team-best 54.2 percent (13 of 24) from the field during UC’s last three games.
// 2016-17 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE AWARDS
First Team All-Conference
Jalen Adams, UConn
Damyean Dotson, Houston
Rob Gray, Houston
Dedric Lawson, Memphis
Semi Ojeleye, SMU
Second Team All-Conference
Sterling Brown, SMU
Troy Caupain, Cincinnati
Shake Milton, SMU
Ben Moore, SMU
B.J. Taylor, UCF
Kyle Washington, Cincinnati
Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati
Vance Jackson, UConn
K.J. Lawson, Memphis
Quinton Rose, Temple
Jeremy Sheppard, East Carolina