Tigers take home C-USA honors

As expected, the University of Memphis took home several Conference USA honors just days after clinching the regular season championship against Tulsa.

As expected, the University of Memphis took home several Conference USA honors just days after clinching the regular season championship against Tulsa.

Sophomore guard Will Barton was named to the C-USA First Team, sophomore forward Tarik Black landed on the Second Team, and sophomore guard Chris Crawford was selected to the Third Team.

Barton is the heavy favorite to win C-USA's Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The 6-foot-6 wing is averaging over 18 points and eight rebounds per game.

Black was also named to the All-CUSA Defensive Team, becoming the first player at Memphis to receive the distinction since Robert Dozier in 2009. He ranks sixth in C-USA with 47 blocked shots. The 6-foot-8 forward is also on pace to shatter the field goal percentage record, which was set by Joey Dorsey (64.7 percent) in 2008. Black is shooting over 68 percent from the field.

Crawford is averaging 9.3 points, three rebounds, and 3.8 assists a game. The 6-foot-5 guard leads the team with 117 dishes.

C-USA will also announce its Coach of the Year on Wednesday. Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy is likely to receive the honor, edging out Memphis coach Josh Pastner.

ALL-C-USA FIRST TEAM
Will Barton, Memphis, G, 6-6, 175, So., Baltimore, Md.
Keith Clanton, UCF, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Jordan Clarkson, Tulsa, G, 6-4, 195, So., San Antonio, Texas
Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
ALL-C-USA SECOND TEAM
Tarik Black, Memphis, F, 6-8, 243, So., Memphis, Tenn.
DeAndre Kane, Marshall, G, 6-4, 200, So., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Arsalan Kazemi, Rice, F, 6-7, 220, Jr., Esfahan, Iran
Miguel Paul, East Carolina, G, 6-1, 180, Jr., Winter Haven, Fla.
Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.
ALL-C-USA THIRD TEAM
Chris Crawford, Memphis, G, 6-4, 212, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Jonathan Mills, Southern Miss, F, 6-6, 230, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Darrius Morrow, East Carolina, F, 6-8, 245, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Robert Nyakundi, SMU, F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Arlington, Texas
Damier Pitts, Marshall, G, 5-10, 165, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.


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