Austin Nichols AAC Rookie Of The Year
(Memphis) Freshman Austin Nichols has been named men’s basketball rookie of the year for the American Athletic Conference.
Michael Dixon, Jr. was named American Sixth Man of Year.
University of Memphis’ Shaq Goodwin and Joe Jackson earned All-American Athletic Conference second team honors, the league office released Tuesday.
Memphis was one of four teams to have two players receive all-conference distinction.
Freshman Austin Nichols was the lone unanimous selection to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.
It is the third-straight season that the Tigers placed two or more players on the all-conference squads. Nichols’ honor gave Memphis an all-rookie/freshman team selection for the 11th time in the last 14 seasons.
Jackson was an all-conference pick for a second-consecutive season, as he was named to the All-Conference USA first team in 2012-13.
This season, Jackson led Memphis in scoring (14.4 ppg), assists (143) and steals (50). He shot 44.3 percent from the field and 77.7 percent from the free throw line.
The 6-foot-1 guard ranks among the league’s statistical leaders in scoring (12th), assists (5th), free throw percentage (11th), steals (8th) and assist-turnover ratio (3rd).
The Memphis, Tenn., native moved up the Tigers career charts this season. Jackson enters the postseason on the school’s all-time scoring (8th; 1,655 points), assists (4th; 557) and steals (7th; 187) lists.
Goodwin earned his first all-conference recognition. Last season, he was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.
During the 2013-14 season, the Atlanta, Ga., native was twice named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week (Dec. 2, Jan. 13).
The 6-foot-9 forward is the squad’s third-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and top rebounder (6.6 rpg). Goodwin leads the Tigers in blocked shots (56) and is second on the squad in field goal percentage (58.8). He ranks among league’s statistical leaders in scoring (21st), rebounding (10th), field goal percentage (4th) and blocked shots (4th).
Nichols received his first collegiate yearly honor with his American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team recognition. During the season, Nichols earned the league’s Rookie of the Week award four times, including the last three in a row.
The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. He leads the squad in field goal percentage (60.0) and is second in blocked shots (41). The Collierville, Tenn., native ranks among the league’s statistical leaders in field goal percentage (2nd) and blocked shots (9th).
First Team All-Conference
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati*
Shabazz Napier, UConn*
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
Russ Smith, Louisville*
Nic Moore, SMU
Second Team All-Conference
Isaiah Sykes, UCF
Justin Jackson, Cincinnati
TaShawn Thomas, Houston
Shaq Goodwin, Memphis
Joe Jackson, Memphis
Markus Kennedy, SMU
Amida Brimah, UConn
Terry Rozier, Louisville
Austin Nichols, Memphis*
John Egbunu, USF
Chris Perry, USF