The American Athletic Conference announced its men’s basketball all-conference and all-freshman teams in advance of the 2019 Air Force Reserve American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, March 14-17 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
Among those recognized are Wichita State senior Markis McDuffie who ranks toward the top of the conference in scoring and freshman Dexter Dennis who came on strong in home stretch of conference play, including a game-winning trey in the regular season finale March 9 at Tulane.
Dennis was selected to the AAC All Freshman team. McDuffie was picked for the All AAC second team. The pair were pivotal to the Shockers' success in the regular season's final month. Wichita State went 9-2 in its final 11 games and finished sixth in the AAC standings at 10-8. The Shockers rebounded after starting 1-6 in conference play.
Conference news release on All-AAC selections
The all-conference and all-freshman teams feature three unanimous selections. It is the second time The American has had three unanimous all-league and all-freshman performers as the conference hit both marks in 2015-16.
Houston, which won the outright American Athletic Conference regular- season title on Sunday, boasts one of those unanimous selections in senior guard Corey Davis, Jr. He ranked second in conference scoring with 17.6 points per game as helped the Cougars to their first outright title since 1984.
Cincinnati junior guard Jarron Cumberland, who was chosen to both the Naismith Player of the Year Midseason Team and the Lute Olson Award Midseason Watch list, earns his third career American accolade. He made the all-rookie team in 2017 and was the Sixth Man of the Year that same season.
The American’s leading scorer rounds out the trio of unanimous first- teamers. Memphis senior Jeremiah Martin averaged 19.7 points per game and upped in scoring in conference games to 23.2 points. Martin also set the single-game conference records with 43 points and 15 field goals on Feb. 20, vs. Tulane.
The first team is rounded out by two senior guards who helped their teams to first-round byes in this week’s tournament. Temple’s Shizz Alston, Jr., tied for the league lead with 19.7 points per game, ranked third with 4.8 assists per game and led the conference with a .907 free throw percentage. UCF’s B.J. Taylor led the Knights to multiple wins against top-25 teams for the first time in program history. He finished in the top-11 in the conference in points (15.7), assists (3.7), free throw percentage (.760), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and minutes played (34.4).
UCF led the way with three all-conference selections as redshirt-junior guard/forward Aubrey Dawkins was picked to the second team while senior center Tacko Fall made the third team. Dawkins was 11th in the league with 15.3 point per game and was third with a .423 3-point field goal percentage. Fall led the league in field goal percentage (.721) and blocks (1.8).
Houston, Temple and USF also had multiple honorees. The Cougars’ Armoni Brooks made the second team as the league’s leading 3-point shooter with 3.4 triples made per game. Temple’s Quinton Rose made an allconference team for the second-straight season after being an honorable mention selection in 2018. Rose was third in the league in minutes per game (35.3) and steals (1.9) and ranked eighth in scoring (16.8).
USF, which boasted one of the best turnarounds in the country, had its backcourt named to the third team. Sophomore David Collins was honored for the second-straight season after making the all-rookie team last year. He ranked ninth in scoring (16.2), free throw percentage (.775) and steals (1.3). Redshirt-junior point guard Laquincy Rideau led the conference with 5.4 assists per game and 2.9 steals.
The All-Conference second team was rounded out by SMU senior guard Jahmal McMurray and Wichita State senior forward Markis McDuffie. They ranked sixth and seventh in scoring, respectively.
The third team features now three-time all-league honoree, UConn’s senior guard Jalen Adams and Tulsa senior guard/forward DaQuan Jeffries.
The All-Freshman team was highlighted three by unanimous selections: ECU forward Jayden Gardner, Houston guard Nate Hinton and USF forward Alexis Yetna. The team was rounded out by Wichita State guard Dexter Dennis and Memphis guard Tyler Harris. The awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.
The conference's Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Man of the Year and Sportsmanship Award winners will be announced on Tuesday. The American Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, March 13.
For more information on the American Men’s Basketball Championship, please visit Championship Central at www.theamerican.org/mbb.
2019 American Athletic Conference
All-Conference, All-Freshman Teams
First Team All-Conference
Shizz Alston, Jr., Temple
Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati *
Corey Davis, Jr., Houston *
Jeremiah Martin, Memphis *
B.J. Taylor, UCF
Second Team All-Conference
Armoni Brooks, Houston
Aubrey Dawkins, UCF
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State
Jahmal McMurray, SMU
Quinton Rose, Temple
Third Team All-Conference
Jalen Adams, UConn
David Collins, USF
Tacko Fall, UCF
DaQuan Jeffries, Tulsa
Laquincy Rideau, USF
Dexter Dennis, Wichita State
Jayden Gardner, ECU *
Tyler Harris, Memphis
Nate Hinton, Houston *
Alexis Yetna, USF *