Bleacher Report Names Their All-AAC Teams and Awards

Bleacher Report released their All-Conference picks for the American Athletic Conference as well as their individual awards. Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell made the first team, and Terry Rozier was named Freshman of the Year in the conference.  Click here to see the full page on their site. 

First team

F Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, sophomore – The potential first-round draft pick is averaging 14 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds in his first season as a starter. He had 25 points and 12 boards March 1 against Memphis.

G Joe Jackson, Memphis, senior – Jackson capped off his final regular season with the Tigers by averaging a career-high 14.4 points along with 4.6 assists. He’ll enter the ACC Tournament boasting 1,655 career points.

G Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, senior – The Bearcats won a share of a conference title for the first time since 2004 thanks to Kilpatrick, who averages 20.9 points. Kilpatrick eclipsed the 20-point barrier 18 times during the regular season.

G Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, senior – Napier, who won an NCAA title ring as a freshman, clearly saved his best for last. He’ll enter this week’s AAC Tournament averaging career-highs in points (17.8) and rebounds (6.0) along with 5.2 assists.

G Russ Smith, Louisville, senior – With Smith in the backcourt, the Cardinals have a shot to appear in their third straight Final Four. Smith averages 17.5 points and 4.8 assists. Much to the delight of Rick Pitino, he’s shooting career-best 46.8 percent from the field.

Second team

F Shaq Goodwin, Memphis, sophomore

F Justin Jackson, Cincinnati, senior

F Markus Kennedy, SMU, sophomore

F TaShawn Thomas, Houston, junior

G Nic Moore, SMU, sophomore

Third team

F Danuel House, Houston, sophomore

F Isaiah Sykes, Central Florida, senior

G Ryan Boatright, Connecticut, junior

G Myles Mack, Rutgers, junior

G Dalton Pepper, Temple, senior

Individual Awards

Player of the Year: Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati

Coach of the Year: Larry Brown, SMU

Freshman of the Year: Terry Rozier, Louisville

Transfer of the Year: Nic Moore, SMU

Defensive Player of the Year: Justin Jackson, Cincinnati

Sixth Man of the Year: Michael Dixon, Memphis

Most Improved: Jherrod Stiggers, Houston

Most Underrated: Geron Johnson, Memphis

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