Troy Caupain was awarded with the Sportsmanship Award for the AAC. This is pretty cool because like he has said in many interviews he likes to have fun and put smiles on other peoples faces. This award is a credit to the type of person Mr. Caupain is.
Jarron Cumberland earned Co-Sixth Man of the Year in the AAC. Cumberland is a walking bucket and even as a true freshman the AAC had to recognize it.
Congrats to Troy and Jarron.
University of Cincinnati senior guard Troy Caupain (Midlothian, Va./Cosby HS) and freshman guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington) garnered additional awards Wednesday from league coaches of the American Athletic Conference.
Caupain received the league’s sportsmanship award while Cumberland earned co-sixth man of the year accolades, sharing the honor with SMU’s Ben Emelogu.
Caupain, who was named second team all-conference by the coaches on Tuesday, was the only player in The American named one of 30 candidates for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award, an honor given annually to a student-athlete who excels both on and off the court.
An active volunteer, Caupain has logged more than 50 hours of service in the Cincinnati community at such places as Our Daily Bread, the Sheakley Boys & Girls Club and the Friars Club as well as numerous other visits to hospitals and youth centers. He participated in a 2015 campaign that brought awareness to sexual assault prevention and served as a host for a panel discussion on race in intercollegiate athletics in 2016. He is also a multi-year member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at UC. On schedule to graduate this summer, the criminal justice major, has shadowed probation officers and a Hamilton County (Ohio) court magistrate and talked with youth at an area juvenile detention center.
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).
He 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).
Cumberland (7.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists), who was selected to the league’s all-rookie team on Tuesday, 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
Defensive Player of the Year
Tacko Fall, UCF
Co-Sixth Man of the Year
Ben Emelogu, SMU
Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati
Most Improved Player
Cameron Reynolds, Tulane
Troy Caupain, Cincinnati