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Tarrant Named C-USA Freshman of the Year

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March 6, 2012

IRVING, Texas - Tulane freshman guard Ricky Tarrant continued to make history on Tuesday when he was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, becoming the first Green Wave player to receive and individual specialty award by the conference.

Tarrant was the unanimous choice for the honor and earned a spot on the five-member all-freshman team as well. He is the first Tulane to earn all-freshman accolades since Kevin Sims in 2007.

The honors announced on Tuesday were voted on by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.

Tulane did have four players earn Freshman of the Year honors when the Green Wave was a member of the Metro Conference. Pointer Williams was the last to receive the award, doing so in 1992.

Tarrant, who was named first-team All C-USA on Monday, is joined on the 2011-12 all-freshman team by Dylan Ennis of Rice, TaShawn Thomas from Houston, UTEP's Julian Washburn and Houston's Joseph Young.

"I'm really happy for him and proud of him. He is deserving of everything he gets because he works so hard," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "The exciting thing was that he improved throughout the year. You can't win an award like this by staying the same player because people are gearing up to stop you and developing their game plan around you. He improved each week and had a heck of a conference season."

During conference play, Tarrant averaged 18.2 points which ranked second overall in league games. He posted double figures in 15 of the 16 conference games, including posting a C-USA wide season-high 33 points in the home win over SMU and at UAB.

Tarrant received seven C-USA Freshman of the Week honors this season, including a record five in a row. The Pleasant Grove, Ala., native was also named C-USA Player of the Week on Dec. 5 following his 24-point performance in Tulane's victory over Georgia Tech.

 

 

Overall this season, Tarrant led Tulane in scoring (15.2 ppg), assists (99) and steals (52) and was second in 3-pointers made with 52. He finished the regular season ranked fifth in overall scoring in the conference, third in steals, seventh in free throw percentage, eighth in assists to turnover ratio, 10th in assists and 10th in 3-pointers made.

Tarrant and the Green Wave open the 2012 Conference USA Basketball Championship on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CT in the FedEx Forum. Tulane, the 12th seed, will face fifth-seeded UAB in the final game of the opening round.



2011-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Dylan Ennis, Rice, G, 6-2, 175, Fr., Brampton, Ontario
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
TaShawn Thomas, Houston, F, 6-8, 215, Fr., Killeen, Texas
Julian Washburn, UTEP, F, 6-7, 205, Fr., Duncanville, Texas
Joseph Young, Houston, G, 6-3, 185, Fr., Houston, Texas

2011-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.


2011-12 CONFERENCE USA ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
Tarik Black, Memphis, F, 6-8, 243, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Keith Clanton, UCF, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Jonathan Mills, Southern Miss, F, 6-6, 230, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Dennis Tinnon, Marshall, F, 6-8, 225, Jr., Green Bay, Wis.

2011-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

2011-12 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.

2011-12 SIXTH MAN OF THE YEAR
Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.