Dec. 16, 2013
HOUSTON - University of Houston junior forward TaShawn Thomas and redshirt freshman forward Danrad Knowles received weekly awards Monday from the American Athletic Conference for their recent play.
Thomas was honored as the league's Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging league highs of 23.0 points and 4.0 blocks per game to go with 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
The Killeen, Texas, native shot 78.3 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the free throw line to help lead the Cougars to a 1-1 record in a pair of games against Alcorn State and Louisiana-Lafayette. He finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and four assists in a dominating win against Alcorn State and totaled 27 points with six rebounds and a career-high-tying seven blocks in loss at Louisiana-Lafayette.
Thomas is the only player to rank among the league's top-three leaders in both scoring (17.5 ppg, 3rd) and rebounding (9.3 rpg, 2nd).
This is the sixth Player/Freshman of the Week award for Thomas during his collegiate career.
Knowles ranked second on the team with 17.5 points per game and connected on 72.2 percent of his shots while grabbing 3.0 rebounds per game. The Nassau, Bahamas, native scored a career-high 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and the free throw line against Alcorn State and followed that with a 16-point performance at Louisiana-Lafayette.
This was the first weekly award of Knowles' career. He was joined on the Honor Roll by UCF forward Kasey Wilson, Louisville guard Russ Smith, Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin and Rutgers guard Myles Mack.
Louisville forward/center Mangok Mathiang was recognized as The American Rookie of the Week.
Thomas, Knowles and their Houston teammates return to the city of Houston to play crosstown-rival Rice at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, in the first game of the Dickie's Shootout inside the Toyota Center. Oklahoma meets Texas A&M in the nightcap of that event.
It will be the Cougars' final non-conference game of the season. The Cougars don't return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion until 8 p.m., Dec. 31, in their first American Athletic Conference game against No. 10/10 UConn.
General Admission season tickets start for as low as $195, while Reserved season tickets start at only $280. Families can purchase the Memorial Hermann Family Fun Plan of two adult and two youth General Admission tickets for only $399.
Fans who purchase season tickets will receive a free Guy V. Lewis bobblehead later this season. Lewis was a legendary coach for the Cougars from 1956-86, compiling nearly 600 wins with five NCAA Final Four appearances, and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Mini-plans also are on sale now. In the Conference Mini-Plan, fans can buy tickets to all nine American Athletic Conference home games, including defending national champion Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis and UConn, with General Admission seating starting at $120 and Reserved Seating selling for $165.
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