TaShawn Thomas Named to All-American Conference Second Team

Junior forward TaShawn Thomas

March 11, 2014

HOUSTON - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas became the Cougars' first American Athletic Conference postseason award recipient when he was named to the league's Second Team on Tuesday morning.

This season, Thomas leads the Cougars with 15.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. The Killeen, Texas, native has started all 93 games during his collegiate career and recently became only the fourth player in school history to record 1,300+ points, 800+ rebounds and 200+ blocks during his career, joining Houston greats Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Davis and Greg Anderson.

He became just the 44th player in school history to score more than 1,000 points in his career earlier this season and currently stands in 19th place with 1,361 points. Thomas already has established himself as one of the school's top-10 career rebounds with 816 boards and ranks among the league and national leaders with nine double-doubles in 2013-14.

He also currently ranks among the nation's top-30 leaders in field-goal percentage (.590, 13th) and blocked shots per game (2.68, 29th).

Thomas was joined on the Second Team by UCF guard Isaiah Sykes, Cincinnati forward Justin Jackson, Memphis teammates Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson and SMU forward Markus Kennedy.

The First Team consisted of Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, UConn guard Shabazz Napier, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell and SMU guard Nic Moore.

In addition to the First and Second team, The American officials also released the first All-Rookie Team, consisting of UConn center Amida Brimah, Louisville guard Terry Rozier, Memphis forward Austin Nichols, USF center John Egbunu and USD forward Chris Perry.

Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati *
Shabazz Napier, G, UConn *
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
Russ Smith, G, Louisville *



Isaiah Sykes, G, UCF
Justin Jackson, F, Cincinnati
TaShawn Thomas, F, Houston
Shaq Goodwin, F, Memphis
Joe Jackson, G, Memphis
Markus Kennedy, F, SMU

Amida Brimah, C, UConn
Terry Rozier, G, Louisville
Austin Nichols, F, Memphis *
John Egbunu, C, USF
Chris Perry, F, USF

* - unanimous selection

Thomas and his Houston teammates face No. 3 seed and No. 25/23 SMU at noon, Thursday, during The American Quarterfinals inside Memphis' FedExForum. It will be the seventh nationally ranked opponents the Cougars have faced this season.

With a win against the Mustangs, Houston advances to Friday's Semifinals to face the winner of No. 2 seed No. 5/5 Louisville, No. 7 seed Rutgers or No. 10 seed USF.

Good seats for the American Athletic Conference Championship are still available with front row seats available in sections 209 and 226 and additional seating available in sections 207 and 223. Fans can view a seating chart of FedExForum by clicking here.

Fans can purchase tickets by visiting UHCougars.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking here, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fans also can call 713-462-6647 or visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Thursday's game can be seen live on ESPNU or WatchESPN or by clicking here with Mike Patrick calling the play-by-play action and Len Elmore providing analysis. Due to the television broadcast, video stream will NOT be available through Cougar All-Access.

Fans can hear Thursday's game live on 950 AM KPRC or by clicking here with Matt Thomas calling play-by-play and Hall of Famer Elvin Hayesproviding analysis. The pregame show will start at 11:45 a.m., Thursday.

Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the GameTracker link at UHCougars.com or by clicking here.

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