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Houston Cougars Men's Basketball Players Receives AAC Postseason Honors

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POSTED: March 10, 2021 -- 11:19 a.m. CT

Several Houston Cougars Men's Basketball players received American Athletic Conference honors with the release of the league's postseason awards on Wednesday morning.

Junior guard Quentin Grimes was named the league's Player of the Year and was one of three unanimous selections for the All-American Athletic Conference First Team.

Senior guard DeJon Jarreau was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year, while senior forward Justin Gorham was recognized as its Most Improved Player, Additionally, Gorham and Jarreau joined sophomore guard Marcus Sasser on the Second Team.

The four All-Conference selections were the most for the Cougars since five Cougars – Derrick Daniels, David Diaz, Sam Mack, Bo Outlaw and Craig Upchurch – were named to the 1992 All-Southwest Conference Second Team.

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Grimes leads the Cougars and ranks second in The American with 17.9 points per game and averages 6.2 rebounds per contest to rank eighth in the league.

Grimes became the seventh Cougar in school history to be named a Conference Player of the Year and the first since Bo Outlaw in the Southwest Conference in 1993.

He joined Outlaw, Hakeem Olajuwon (1984 SWC), Clyde Drexler and Michael Young (1983 SWC), Rob Williams (1981, SWC) and Otis Birdsong (1977 SWC).


Jarreau has been a steady leader for the Cougars in the starting lineup throughout the season.

Ranked among the nation's Top-5 percentage leaders in individual defensive efficiency, Jarreau stands among the league's Top-15 leaders with 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

He became the second Cougar to be named a Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the first since Bo Outlaw earned back-to-back honors from the Southwest Conference in 1992-93.


Gorham has established himself as one of the nation's elite rebounders. Gorham leads the Cougars and The American with 9.4 rebounds per contest after averaging just 2.5 boards per contest a year ago.

He leads The American and ranks third nationally with 4.3 offensive rebounds per game and, with 5.2 defensive boards per contest, is the only player to rank among the league's Top-Four leaders in both categories.

Gorham became the first player in school history to receive a Most Improved Player award from a conference office.


Sasser ranks second among the Cougars and ranks 10th with 13.5 points per game. Houston is the only American team with two of the league's Top-10 scoring leaders.

Sasser ranks third in the league with 2.6 3-pointers per game and reeled off 15 consecutive games with at least one trey earlier this season.

2020-21 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Honors

Co-Player of the Year -- Quentin Grimes, Jr., G, Houston and Tyson Etienne, So., G, Wichita State

Coach of the Year -- Isaac Brown, Wichita State*

Defensive Player of the Year -- DeJon Jarreau, Sr., G, Houston

Freshman of the Year -- Moussa Cisse, C, Memphis

Most Improved Player -- Justin Gorham, Sr., F, Houston

Sixth Men of the Year -- Boogie Ellis, So., G, Memphis and Darien Jackson, Sr., G, Tulsa

Sportsmanship Award -- J.P. Moorman II, Sr., F, Temple

All-Conference First Team

Jayden Gardner, Jr., F, East Carolina

Quentin Grimes, Jr., G, Houston*

Landers Nolley II, So., G, Memphis

Kendric Davis, Jr., G, SMU*

Tyson Etienne, So., G, Wichita State*

All-Conference Second Team

Keith Williams, Sr., G, Cincinnati

DeJon Jarreau, Sr., G, Houston

Justin Gorham, Sr., F, Houston

Marcus Sasser, So., G, Houston

Brandon Rachal, Sr., F, Tulsa

All-Conference Third Team

Brandon Mahan, Sr., G, UCF

Darius Perry, Sr., G, UCF

Feron Hunt, Jr., F, SMU

Khalif Battle, So., G, Temple

Jaylen Forbes, So., G, Tulane

Alterique Gilbert, R-Sr., G, Wichita State

All-Freshman Team

Isaiah Adams, G, UCF

Tari Eason, F, Cincinnati

Moussa Cisse, C, Memphis

Caleb Murphy, G, USF

Damian Dunn, G, Temple

Ricky Council IV, G, Wichita State

* denotes unanimous selections

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