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Houston Cougars Men's Hoops Places Three on NABC All-District 24 Teams

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POSTED: March 16, 2021 -- 11:39 a.m. CT

Houston Men's Basketball stars Quentin Grimes, Marcus Sasser and Justin Gorham were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 24 Team on Tuesday.

Grimes and Sasser earned First-Team recognition, while Gorham received Second-Team honors.

All three players have been leaders for the Cougars, who have posted a 24-3 overall record with a 14-3 mark in American Athletic Conference play and recently captured The American Championship title.

Houston has risen as high as No. 5 in both national polls, the Cougars' highest ranking since the 1983-84 season, and has spent 11 weeks among the Top 10.

Voting was done by NABC-member head coaches in NCAA Division I.

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The NET rankings replaced RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) as the NCAA's primary sorting tool for evaluating teams.

The NET is in its third season for men's basketball and was modified in the offseason when it was simplified to a two-component system. The two components are the Team Value Index, which rewards teams for beating quality opponents, especially away from home, and a team's efficiency rating, which is adjusted for the strength of an opponent and the location of a game.

The NET was approved in July 2019 after consultation with the Division I Men's Basketball committee, National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics and Google Cloud Professional Services.

The system relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency and qualities of wins and losses.

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District 24

First Team

Quentin Grimes - Houston

Tyson Etienne - Wichita St.

Jayden Gardner - East Carolina

Kendric Davis - SMU

Marcus Sasser - Houston

Second Team

Justin Gorham - Houston

Brandon Rachal - Tulsa

Landers Nolley II - Memphis

Keith Williams - Cincinnati

Jaylen Forbes - Tulane

Coach of the Year: Isaac Brown, Wichita State

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