Tigers place four on All-C-USA teams, move up in rankings

Irving, TX-Six different schools are represented on the 2013 All-Conference USA men’s basketball first team. Twelve of the 16 student-athletes chosen to the three all-conference teams are first-time honorees, including all six members of the first team. Voting on the awards was done by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.

Memphis junior Joe Jackson makes his first appearance on an all-conference team, but has twice been named the C-USA Championship MVP. The point guard has been a key to the Tigers 27-4 record and perfect 16-0 mark in conference play. He leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg), assists (153) and steals (54) and is the only guard among the league’s top 10 in field goal percentage. In his regular season finale March 9 against UAB, Jackson was one rebound shy of a triple-double as he contributed 17 points, nine boards, 10 assists and six steals.

Three Memphis players help make up the third unit. The Tigers are represented by senior forward D.J. Stephens, junior guard Geron Johnson and sophomore guard Adonis Thomas.

These 2013 Conference USA Men’s Basketball Championship will be held March 13-16 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. News Channel 3′s coverage of the Tigers at the C-USA Tournament starts on Wednesday. The Tigers also moved up in both polls on Monday. Memphis jumped five spots in the Associated Press rankings to number 20. The Tigers moved up three spots in the Coaches poll to 17th.

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, Texas

2012-13 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