March 11, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - For the first time since the 1996-97 season, the Tulane men's basketball team placed two members on the Conference USA postseason honors list. Junior forward Josh Davis was named first-team All-Conference, while sophomore guard Ricky Tarrant received second-team accolades; it was announced by the league office on Monday.
The Conference released a first-team, second-team and third-team as selected by the 12 head coaches and selected media members in each conference city.
Davis is one of six first-team honorees and marks the second straight year a Green Wave player was selected to the first-team.
"I'm so proud of Josh," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "No one works harder and he has since ever since he stepped on this campus. To see it has all paid off for him is a great feeling."
The Raleigh, N.C., native registered a conference-best 16 double-doubles during the regular season and was the only player in C-USA to average a double-double with 17.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game to rank third and first, respectively. Davis registered five 20-point games against conference foes, including posting 23 points at Rice and at East Carolina. He also pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds in each of those games.
Davis joined Southern Miss' Dwayne Davis, Memphis' Joe Jackson, East Carolina's Maurice Kemp, Isaiah Sykes of UCF and Houston's TaShawn Thomas on the first team.
Tarrant, the 2011-12 Conference USA Freshman of the year, received second-team honors this season.
"To be one of the top players in this league takes a lot of hard work and Ricky is very deserving of the honor," Conroy said. "He proved last year that he is a special player and this season he was no different."
The Pleasant Grove, Ala., native was fifth in scoring in conference games only and posted 16.1 points per game overall. Tarrant scored in double figures in 13 of the 16 league games and hit for at least 20 points in seven of those, including a 30-point performance at Rice. He also finished in the top 10 in four other statistical categories in the conference (8th in assists, 7th in free throw percentage, 5th in 3-pointers made and 9th in assist/turnover ratio).
Tarrant joined UCF's Keith Clanton, Marshall's DeAndre Kane, East Carolina's Miguel Paul and UAB's Rod Rucker on the second team. Davis and Tarrant were the first Green Wave pair to be named All-Conference since Jerald Honeycutt and Rayshard Allen earned first- and third-team All-C-USA honors respectively following the 1996-97 season.
Tulane (18-13, 6-10 C-USA) enters the Conference USA Championships as the No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 seed Marshall (13-18, 6-10 C-USA) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. CT in the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.