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Houston freshman forward Jarace Walker Named AAC Freshman of the Week; Senior Marcus Sasser earns place on AAC's Honor Roll

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Senior guard Marcus Sasser earns place on AAC's Honor Roll

POSTED: January 9, 2023 -- 3:18 p.m. CT

For the third time this season, University of Houston freshman forward Jarace Walker was honored as the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Senior guard Marcus Sasser joined Walker in collecting weekly awards Monday, being named to the league's Honor Roll for the second time this season.

Against SMU, Walker scored 11 of Houston's first 13 points inside the Fertitta Center as Houston built a 24-4 lead through the game's first 7.5 minutes.

Walker tied his career high with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds, including four offensive boards, for his second double-double of the season.

Playing under the weather at Cincinnati, Walker totaled 21 points on 8 for 14 field goal shooting and grabbed five rebounds with three steals in only the Cougars' third road win in 20 tries against the Bearcats in school history.


Jarace Walker * Forward * Houston

Walker averaged 22.0 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Cougars won a pair of league games. The forward exploded for 23 points and 10 rebounds against SMU on Thursday night, including 18 points in the first half. He followed that with 21 points in Houston's road victory over Cincinnati on Sunday.


Jaylen Forbes * Junior * Guard * Tulane

Forbes averaged 21.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Green Wave went 2-0 in conference action. The junior had 20 points, including five 3-pointers against Tulsa on Wednesday night before dropping 22 points in a road victory at Temple on Saturday.


C.J. Kelly * Senior * Guard * UCF

Kelly helped lead the Knights to a 2-0 week, including a career-high 30 points at East Carolina.

Viktor Lakhin * Redshirt-Sophomore * Forward * Cincinnati

Lakhin averaged 15.0 points and 7.5 rebounds as the Bearcats went 1-1 last week, earning a win on the road at Wichita State.

Marcus Sasser * Senior * Guard * Houston

Sasser averaged 15.0 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds in a pair of games for the Cougars.

DeAndre Williams * Senior * Forward * Memphis

Williams recorded 19 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in the Tigers' lone game last week, a home win over East Carolina.

Bryant Selebangue * Sophomore * Forward * Tulsa

Selebangue posted a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds on 11-of-13 shooting in the Golden Hurricane's lone game last week at Tulane.

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