Four Tigers Named To 2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference USA Teams
Oct. 4, 2012
IRVING, Texas-- Four University of Memphis basketball players were named to the 2012-13 preseason All-Conference USA teams, the league office announced Thursday. Junior Tarik Black earned preseason All-C-USA first team honors, while fellow juniors Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson and sophomore Adonis Thomas all were named to the preseason All-C-USA second team.
It is the second-straight year that Black and Jackson received preseason All-C-USA recognition, as both were second team picks in 2011-12.
Black, a 2011-12 All-C-USA second team selection, was the Tigers' third-leading scorer (10.7 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (4.9 rpg) a year ago. The Memphis, Tenn., native added 53 blocked shots and shot 68.9 percent from the floor, shattering the Tigers' single-season field goal percentage mark. His 68.9 field goal percentage led Conference USA in 2011-12 and also was the second-best field goal percentage mark in C-USA history. Black, who also was named to the C-USA All-Defensive and All-Tournament teams in 2011-12, had 18 double-figure scoring games and four double-digit rebounding contests a year ago.
Crawford, a 2011-12 All-C-USA third team pick, averaged 9.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists last year. One of the league's top perimeter defenders, Crawford led the Tigers with 63 steals and was second on the team in blocked shots (27). He also led Memphis in assists (134) for a second-consecutive season. The Memphis, Tenn., native finished 2011-12 ranked among Conference USA leaders in assists (8th), steals (2nd) and assist-to-turnover ratio (4th).
Jackson, the first back-to-back C-USA Tournament MVP in league history, was second on the team in scoring (11.0 ppg) and assists (131) in 2011-12. He netted double figures 17 times and led or tied for the team lead in assists 13 times. The Memphis, Tenn., native shot a team-best 83.7 percent from the free throw line, which ranked third in C-USA. Jackson finished last season also ranked among C-USA leaders in assists (7th), steals (9th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (7th).
Thomas is a preseason All-C-USA second team pick despite playing only two league games a year ago. He missed most of the second half of the 2011-12 campaign - including 14 of 16 conference games - with an ankle injury. He averaged 8.8 points and 3.2 rebounds, while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. Thomas, a Memphis, Tenn., native, did return for the 2012 postseason, but played only limited minutes.
The following lists the 2012-13 Conference USA preseason honors:
C-USA PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM