Three Houston Men’s Basketball Stars Earn Postseason Awards

March 8, 2016

HOUSTON – University of Houston Men’s Basketball stars Devonta Pollard, Damyean Dotson and Galen Robinson, Jr., were named to various All-American Athletic Conference teams on Tuesday morning.

Pollard was named to the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team, while Dotson was named All-American Athletic Conference Honorable Mention. Competing in his first collegiate season, Robinson earned a place on the All-Rookie Team.

Under the leadership of Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, Pollard, Dotson and Robinson have engineered one of the nation’s biggest turnarounds from a year ago. Finishing 13-19 in 2014-15, the Cougars have enjoyed a 10-game improvement this season to tie for ninth nationally.

Pollard has been a steady leader for the Cougars throughout the 2015-16 season. He ranks second on the team with 13.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and scored a career-high 34 points in the Cougars’ 98-90 win over Memphis inside Hofheinz Pavilion on Feb. 10.

He is a two-time American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honoree and a two-time member of The American Weekly Honor Roll this season.

Dotson ranks third on the team with 13.8 points per game but leads the Cougars with 6.9 rebounds per game. The Houston native and Yates High product is one of only three players to rank among the American Athletic Conference’s top-12 leaders in both scoring and rebounding and is the only Cougar to start all 30 games this season.

He leads the Cougars with six double-doubles this season and is tied for the team lead with seven 20-point games, including a career-high 23 points at Tulsa (Feb. 7) and at East Carolina (Jan. 30).

Joining the program over the summer, Dotson wasted little time in impressing his teammates and was elected team captain in voting by his peers.

Robinson is in his first season with the Cougars after an award-winning prep career at Westbury Christian. The Houston native leads the Cougars with 3.4 assists per game and recently became only the sixth freshman in school history to record 100+ assists in a single season.

Robinson, who received the Guy V. Lewis Award as the city of Houston’s top high school player as a senior in 2014-15, ranks fourth in the league with a 2.19-to-1 assist-turnover ratio and dished out a career-high 10 assists in a win against Nicholls on Dec. 28, 2015.

Competing in all 30 games to date with 20 starts, Robinson has only endured five games during his rookie campaign in which he had more turnovers than assists and has played 19 games with only one turnover or fewer.

Cincinnati guard Troy Caupain, Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin, SMU guard Nic Moore, Temple guard Quenton DeCosey and Tulsa guard James Woodard were named to the First Team.

Pollard was joined on the Second Team by UConn guard/forward Daniel Hamilton, Cincinnati forward Gary Clark, Memphis forward Dedric Lawson and Tulsa guard Shaquille Harrison.

Dotson joined UConn forward Shonn Miller as All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Robinson was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Lawson, East Carolina guard/forward Kentrell Barkley, USF guard Jahmal McMurray and SMU guard Shake Milton.

As one of the nation’s hottest teams, the Cougars open play at the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship at 6 p.m. (CST), Friday, inside the Amway Center.

Winners of nine of their last 11 games, the Cougars earned a First-Round bye for the Championship. The Cougars will face the winner of No. 7 seed UCF-No. 10 seed Tulane in the Quarterfinals at 6 p.m. (CST), Friday. With a 22-8 overall record and 12-6 league mark, the Cougars will compete as the No. 2 seed at the tournament.

Fans can hear Friday’s Men's Basketball game live on KPRC 950 AM with Matt Thomas calling the action and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show begins at 5:45 p.m. (CST), Friday.

Fans can hear the radio broadcast online by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links to Houston All-Access or by clicking here. A Houston All-Access subscription is required to listen to the game online.

Fans can watch the game live on ESPNU with Allen Bestwick calling the play-by-play action and Tim Welsh providing analysis. Fans can watch the game online by visiting WatchESPN and following the appropriate links or by clicking here.

Fans can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or visit the Athletics Ticket Office from 10 a.m., to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. To purchase tickets in person, fans can visit the Athletics Ticket Office located on the northeast corner of TDECU Stadium, just outside of Gate 1 off Cullen Boulevard. Parking is available in the TDECU Stadium parking garage with the first 30 minutes free of charge.

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All-Session passes for the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship are now on sale. The league’s annual postseason event will be held March 10-13 inside the Amway Center in Orlando.

All-Session passes begin at $175 for every game of the tournament. Fans can purchase All-Session passes to the 2016 American Athletic Conference Championship by clicking here.

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