March 13, 2013
The Cougar duo recently was named to the United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VII Team. Houston joined Arkansas and Baylor as the only teams with multiple student-athletes named to the postseason team, which is comprised from players from all leagues in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.
These are just the latest honors for Thomas and Young. Earlier this week, Thomas was named to the All-Conference USA First Team and earned a place on the league's All-Defensive Team. Young was selected as a member of the league's Third 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 inside the BOK Center during the C-USA Championship First Round.
Fans can hear Wednesday's game live on SportsTalk 790 with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Houston legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday.
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DISTRICT VII (TX, AR, LA)
Player of the Year: Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Coach of the Year: Michael White, Louisiana Tech
TaShawn Thomas, Houston
Joseph Young, Houston
Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Fred Hunter, Nicholls State
Pierre Jackson, Baylor
Johnny O'Bryant III, LSU
Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin
Elston Turner, Texas A&M
B.J. Young, Arkansas