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Houston big man Josh Carlton named AAC Player of the Week

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POSTED: January 10, 2022 -- 1:50 p.m. CT

Monday afternoon, the American Athletic Conference announced Houston Cougars big man Josh Carlton was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

This is the first weekly award for Carlton during his collegiate career. He shared the award with Temple's Damian Dunn.

This season, Carlton is averaging 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game to rank third among the Cougars in both categories. He leads Houston and The American with 3.5 offensive rebounds per game.

In a road win at South Florida on Wednesday and a home win over Wichita State inside the Fertitta Center on Saturday, Carlton averaged 26.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Winterville, N.C. native also connected on 67.9 percent of his shots from the field (19-of-28) and made 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from the free throw line.

THE AMERICAN CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Josh Carlton * Graduate Senior * Center * Houston

Carlton was instrumental in a pair of Cougar wins, averaging a double-double with 26.0 points and 11.5 rebounds. Against South Florida on Wednesday, January 5, the forward had a career-high 30 points along with 11 rebounds, while against Wichita State on Saturday, Jan. 8, he posted 22 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.

Damian Dunn * Redshirt-Freshman * Guard * Temple

Dunn propelled the Owls to two wins last week, hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in each game while averaging 24.5 points. On Wednesday on the road at UCF, he scored 16 points, hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds left to give the Owls the lead and added a pair of game-clinching free throws. Against East Carolina on Sunday, Dunn scored a career-high 33 points, including the buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win the game.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Jahlil White * Guard * Temple

White averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of Temple wins. The freshman guard scored a season-high 17 points on the road at UCF and posted nine points, six rebounds and three assists in a home win against East Carolina.

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Weekly Honor Roll

David DeJulius * Senior * Guard * Cincinnati

DeJulius led the Bearcats in a 1-1 week by averaging 18.5 points and 6.0 assists, including a game-high 22 points in a win over SMU on Thursday, January 6.

Tristen Newton * Sophomore * Guard * East Carolina

Newton averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Pirates. In an overtime win over Tulane, the guard recorded a career-high 32 points, including 28 points after halftime and 14 in the extra session.

Josh Minott * Forward * Memphis

Minott averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a 2-0 week for the Tigers, including 14 points and 10 rebounds against Cincinnati.

Kevin Cross * Sophomore * Forward * Tulane

Cross averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Green Wave. He had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at East Carolina.

Sam Griffin * Sophomore * Guard * Tulsa

Griffin scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting and had five 3-pointers against Memphis on Tuesday, January 4.

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