March 8, 2010
HOUSTON - After a dazzling regular season, University of Houston senior guard Aubrey Coleman was honored Monday with his selection to the All-Conference USA First Team as announced by the league office.
It was the second straight year that the Houston native was named to the league's top postseason squad.
This season, Coleman leads the Cougars, Conference USA and the nation with 26.0 points per game. He has posted nine 30-point games, including a career-high-tying 38-point effort at Tulane on Saturday during the regular-season finale, and is tied for fourth in Houston history with 12 30-point games during his career.
He already ranks 15th on the school's career scoring chart with 1,400 points in only 62 games and needs only 36 more points to become the greatest two-year scorer in Houston history.
Although known for his offensive prowess, Coleman also is a leader on the defensive side of the court. He leads the league and ranks second in the country with 2.7 steals per game and tops the Cougars with 7.5 rebounds per game, good enough to rank eighth in the league.
If he can regain the national lead in steals by the end of the season, Coleman would become the first player in NCAA Division I history to lead the country in both scoring and steals in the same season.
Coleman became the first Cougar to be named to back-to-back conference First Teams since guard Robert McKiver accomplished the feat in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
He was joined on the All-Conference USA First Team by UTEP guard Randy Culpepper, UAB guard Elijah Millsap, Tulsa guard Ben Uzoh and Memphis guard Elliot Williams.
The Second Team was comprised of UTEP forward Derrick Caracter, Southern Miss forward Gary Flowers, Tulsa center Jerome Jordan and Marshall forwards Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Wilkerson.
The Third Team consisted of SMU forward Papa Dia and guard Derek Williams, UAB guard Aaron Johnson, Memphis' Wesley Witherspoon and East Carolina guard Brock Young.
UP NEXT Coleman and his Cougar teammates return to action at noon, Wednesday, when they meet No. 10 seed East Carolina during the first round of the 2010 GMC Sierra Conference USA Championship, hosted for the first time by Tulsa at the BOK Center.
That game can be heard live on SportsTalk 790 AM or on the Internet at UHCougars.com with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action. The pregame show is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday. With a win against the Pirates, the Cougars would face No. 2 seed Memphis at noon, Thursday, in the quarterfinals.