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Houston's DeJon Jarreau named AAC 6th Man of the Year and Galen Robinson Jr. wins AAC Sportsmanship Award
POSTED: March 12, 2019 -- 12:53 p.m. CDT
Houston Cougars guards DeJon Jarreau and Galen Robinson Jr. were be honored with American Athletic Conference postseason awards on Tuesday afternoon.
Jarreau was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year, while Robinson received the conference's Sportsmanship Award.
In his first season with the Cougars, the sophomore guard ranks third on the team with 9.2 points per game and is averaging 3.3 assists per game.
After missing seven of the first eight games, Jarreau returned to Houston's lineup against LSU on Dec. 12 and has competed in every game since.
The New Orleans native has recorded 10 double-digit scoring games this season, including a season-high 18 points in a road win at UConn on February 14. He posted the team's first double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Temple inside the Fertitta Center on January 31.
Jarreau ranks 12th in The American with 3.3 assists per game and is 10th with a 1.5 assist-turnover ratio.
Jarreau became the second Cougar to receive the Sixth Man of the Year honor in as many years after guard Armoni Brooks won the award last season.
Robinson is the Cougar's lone four-year letterman on the 2018-19 roster and has enjoyed a distinguished career. The Houston native and Westbury Christian product has competed in all 130 games of his collegiate career to date with 113 starts and is the second-winningest player in school history with 99 victories.
He ranks fourth in Houston career history with 554 assists and will finish his collegiate career as The American's all-time leader in that category.
Off the court, Robinson has served as an ambassador for the University of Houston and the game of basketball. During his career, he has met and signed autographs for Buddy Basketball team members, assisted in the organization and distribution of supplies to local relief groups following Hurricane Harvey, talked with students about the importance of reading during the NCAA Read to the Final Four Literacy Program at Blackshear Elementary School and served Thanksgiving lunches to Star of Hope mission residents, among others.
The league's Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year will be announced Wednesday.
Defensive Player of the Year: Laquincy Rideau, USF
Sixth Man of the Year: DeJon Jarreau, Houston
Most Improved Players: Josh Carlton, UConn and Nate Pierre-Louis, Temple
Sportsmanship Award: Galen Robinson, Jr., Houston
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