March 11, 2013
Thomas was named to the All-Conference USA First Team, while Young earned a place on the Third Team. It was the first time that Houston had two players named to the All-Conference USA teams since 2008-09. A year ago, Thomas and Young each earned a place on the league's All-Freshmen Team.
Thomas emerged as one of the league's top players with 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He is one of only two players in the league to be ranked among the top five in both scoring and rebounding and also stands among the leaders in field goal percentage, defensive rebounds and blocked shots per game.
He ranks second in the league with 12 double-doubles this season and has posted 11 20-point games this season, including a career-high 31 in the Cougars' triple-overtime loss at Tulsa on Feb. 16.
Young has been a consistent offensive force for Houston as a redshirt sophomore. After posting a career-high 32 points and converting an old-fashioned 3-point play with just two seconds remaining in Houston's 96-94 win at Tulane on Saturday, he reclaimed the C-USA individual scoring lead and paces C-USA and the Cougars with 18.54 points per game.
Entering this week's C-USA Championship, he has scored at least 20 points in each of the last six games and ranks among the C-USA leaders in free throw percentage, 3-point field goals made per game and 3-point field goal percentage.
Thomas, Young and their Cougar teammates return to action at 6 p.m., Wednesday, when they meet No. 11 seed Rice in the Conference USA Championship First Round inside the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday.
Fans can watch Wednesday's game live on the Conference USA Digital Network. There will be no network television for the First Round.
2012-13 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Dwayne Davis Southern Miss F 6-5 205 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. Josh Davis Tulane F 6-8 215 Jr. Raleigh, N.C. Joe Jackson Memphis G 6-1 171 Jr. Memphis, Tenn. Maurice Kemp East Carolina F 6-8 190 Sr. Miami, Fla. Isaiah Sykes UCF G/F 6-5 215 Jr. Detroit, Mich. TaShawn Thomas Houston F 6-8 215 So. Killeen, Texas2012-13 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Keith Clanton UCF F 6-9 250 Sr. Orlando, Fla. DeAndre Kane Marshall G 6-4 195 Jr. Pittsburgh, Pa. Miguel Paul East Carolina G 6-1 170 Sr. Winter Haven, Fla. Rod Rucker UAB F 6-5 220 Jr. Elberton, Ga. Ricky Tarrant Tulane F 6-2 190 So. Pleasant Grove, Ala.2012-13 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Geron Johnson Memphis G 6-3 197 Jr. Dayton, Ohio D.J. Stephens Memphis F/G 6-5 188 Sr. Killeen, Texas Adonis Thomas Memphis F/G 6-7 242 So. Memphis, Tenn. Julian Washburn UTEP F 6-7 205 So. Duncanville, Texas Joseph Young Houston G 6-3 185 So. Houston, Texas