Three Bearcats earn All-AAC Honor
Jacob Evans got good news two times today first being named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll and later in the day being named First Team All-AAC. Evans has been a very versatile piece of the lineup whether it be creating for himself or others, playing point guard, rebounding, guarding best wing player and making LeBron style chase down blocks. Congrats to Evans.
Gary Clark was the only unanimous pick of the First Team. Clark is what you call a stat sheet filler and he is “The Problem”. He has been steady all year a.k.a. the walking dub dub is a guy well respected throughout the conference and you don’t have to look further than him getting votes by everyone to be on the First Team. Congrats to Clark.
Kyle Washington was named Honorable Mention. Washington had a rocky start to the season, I think that is what kept him from second team this season, but when he hit is stride he was bringing the pain inside and out. When he is playing within his flow he is what I call a walking bucket and a match-up problem to most big men. Congrats to Washington.
I’m kind of shocked Jarron Cumberland didn’t get named to Honorable Mention team, but I guess the Bearcats can’t get all the slots.
A trio of University of Cincinnati men’s basketball players have earned American Athletic Conference accolades the league announced Monday.
Voted upon by the league’s coaches, senior forward Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton High School) and junior swingman Jacob Evans III (Baton Rouge, La./St. Michael the Archangel) were named All-AAC First Team selections while senior forward Kyle Washington (Champlin, Minn./NC State) earned honorable mention all-conference recognition.
Clark was the only player in the league to earn unanimous first-team honors from the coaches, UC’s first unanimous All-AAC First Team honoree since Sean Kilpatrick in 2013-14.
It marks the first since 1999-2000 that two Bearcats are honored as first-team all-conference selections: Kenyon Martin and Pete Mickeal were named first team All-Conference USA for both the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 campaigns.
Clark (12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.3 blocks) is a finalist for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award and previously honored as a member of the Citizens Naismith Trophy Late Season Team, the Oscar Robertson Trophy Player of the Year Watch List, the Lute Olson Player of the Year Watch List and a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.
Clark ranks among the AAC leaders in nine categories (through March 4): rebounds (first at 8.2), double-doubles (first with nine), offensive rebounds (second at 3.0), defensive rebounds (fourth at 5.3), blocks (sixth at 1.3), steals (seventh at 1.5), field goal percentage (eighth at .513), free throw percentage (13th at .760) and points (18th at 12.7).
Clark has led the Bearcats in either points or rebounds in 24 games this season. He was named AAC Player of the Week three times and to the league’s weekly honor roll twice this season. Evans (13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks) is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year and previously honored as a member of the John Wooden Award Watch List.
Evans ranks among the AAC leaders in eight categories (through March 4): three-point field goal percentage (sixth at .404), assist-to-turnover ratio (seventh at 1.8), steals (eighth at 1.3), assists (10th at 3.3), blocks (10th at 1.0), free throw percentage (12th at .775), scoring (13th at 13.5) and minutes played (21st at 30.7).
Evans was named twice as The American’s Player of the Week and twice to the league’s weekly honor roll this season.
Evans scored in double figures in 25 games during the regular season.
Washington (11.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks) was named to the American’s weekly honor roll once this season and ranks among the league leaders in blocks (fourth at 1.4), field goal percentage (ninth at .511), rebounds (T13th at 5.4), defensive rebounds (T13th at 3.8) and points (25th at 11.2) through March 4.
// FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Gary Clark, Cincinnati*
Jacob Evans III, Cincinnati
Rob Gray, Houston
Shaquille Morris, Wichita State
Landry Shamet, Wichita State
// SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Jalen Adams, UConn
Junior Etou, Tulsa
Melvin Frazier, Tulane
Jeremiah Martin, Memphis
Shake Milton, SMU
// HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE
A.J. Davis, UCF
Quinton Rose, Temple
Kyle Washington, Cincinnati
// ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Ethan Chargois, SMU