Three Tigers honored by C-USA on Tuesday

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Memphis, TN-University of Memphis’ D.J. Stephens and Chris Crawford were named Conference USA’s Defensive Player and Sixth Man of the Year, respectively, the league office announced Tuesday. Stephens was also picked for the C-USA All-Defensive Team, while Shaq Goodwin was a C-USA All-Freshman Team selection.
Stephens and Crawford are the third Tigers to earn their respective honors in the program’s history. Joey Dorsey (2007, 2008) and Antonio Anderson (2009) were previous Defensive Player of the Year winners, while Jeremy Hunt (2007) and Wesley Witherspoon (2009) were previous Sixth Man of the Year recipients.
Stephens is the Tigers’ first C-USA All-Defensive Team selection since 2009. Goodwin gives Memphis a C-USA All-Freshman Team pick for the 11th time in the last 14 seasons.
Stephens leads the Tigers and Conference USA in blocked shots at 2.3 swats per game. His 70 total blocks are just one shy of entering the top-10 for a single season in school history. The 6-foot-5 forward also leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.676). He ranks among the C-USA leaders in rebounding (12th).
The Killeen, Texas, native has two double-doubles and five double-figure rebounding games. Stephens, who was named the 2011-12 Intersport Dunks of the Year champion, went over 100 dunks for his career in 2012-13 and now has 116 slams.
Crawford, who moved to his sixth man role in mid-December, is the squad’s fourth-leading scorer (9.3 ppg) and is averaging 3.8 rebounds. He is second on the team with 104 assists and third in steals with 45. The 6-foot-4 guard is ranked among the C-USA leaders in assists (11th), three-point field goal percentage (14th), steals (10th) and assist-turnover ratio (2nd).
Crawford has 15 double-figure scoring games and posted two double-doubles. He is shooting 41.8 percent from the floor and 38.1 percent from the arc.
The Memphis, Tenn., native’s numbers improved in Conference USA action with averages of 11.1 points and 3.9 boards. His shooting percentages also climbed in C-USA games only, hitting 45.7 percent from the field and 44.3 percent from the three-point line.
Goodwin, who was twice named the C-USA Freshman of the Week this season, is averaging 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. He is second on the squad with 36 blocks and fourth in steals with 36. The Atlanta, Ga., native finished the season ranked among C-USA’s top-10 freshmen in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots.
The following are the 2012-13 Conference USA specialty award recipients:

C-USA All-Freshman Team
Shaq Goodwin, Memphis, F, 6-8, 246, Fr., Atlanta, Ga.
Danuel House, Houston, F, 6-7, 195, Fr., Sugar Land, Texas
Max Guercy, Rice, G, 5-9, 170, Fr., Arleta, Calif.
James Woodard, Tulsa, G, 6-4, 175, Fr., Edmond, Okla.
D’Andre Wright, Tulsa, F, 6-8, 220, Fr., Lawton, Okla.

C-USA All-Defensive Team
Jonathan Mills, Southern Miss, F, 6-5, 240, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
D.J. Stephens, Memphis, F/G, 6-5, 188, Sr., Killeen, Texas
Isaiah Sykes, UCF, G/F, 6-5, 215, Jr., Detroit, Mich.
TaShawn Thomas, Houston, F, 6-8, 215, So., Killeen, Texas
Julian Washburn, UTEP, F, 6-7, 205, So., Duncanville, Texas

C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
D.J. Stephens, Memphis, F/G, 6-5, 188, Sr., Killeen, Texas

C-USA Newcomer of the Year
Dwayne Davis, Southern Miss, F, 6-5, 205, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.

C-USA Sixth Man of the Year
Chris Crawford, Memphis, G, 6-4, 218, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.