HOUSTON – University of Houston basketball stars Quentin Grimes, Marcus Sasser and Justin Gorham were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All District 24 team on Tuesday.
Grimes and Sasser received the first team award, while Gorham received the second team award.
All three players led the way in the Cougars, who set an overall record 24-3 with a 14-3 mark in the American Athletic Conference game and recently won the American Championship title.
Houston climbed to # 5 in both national polls, the Cougars’ highest ranking since the 1983/84 season, and spent 11 weeks in the top 10.
The voting was conducted by NABC member head coaches in NCAA Division I.
ABOUT QUENTIN GRIMES
In 2020-21, Grimes will lead the Cougars, finishing third in the American Athletic Conference with 18.0 points per game and eighth in the league with 6.0 rebounds per competition.
Grimes averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals in three games to lead the Cougars to the American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, the first conference tournament title for Houston since 2010.
Named American Player of the Year after the regular season, Grimes became only the fourth Cougar in school history to be named Conference Player of the and Tournament Most Outstanding Player that same season, Guardian Michael Young (1983 SWC) and Guardian Rob Williams (1981 SWC).
Grimes has scored 11 games with 20 points this season, including a season, career and Fertitta Center record of 33 points in a win against WKU on February 25.
Grimes has got at least seven rebounds in 13 games and finished with 10 boards against Alcorn State to score the first double-double of his career with his 27 points.
ABOUT MARCUS SASSER
Sasser ranks second among the Cougars and is ninth with 13.7 points per game. Houston is the only American team with two of the league’s top 10 scoring leaders.
With 2.6 3-pointers per game, Sasser is third in the league and at the beginning of this season he played 15 games in a row with at least one threesome.
Born in Red Oak, Texas, he posted career highs of 28 points and eight 3-point in Houston’s win over Tulane on January 9 at the Fertitta Center and a career high of seven assists in both games against USF this season to sweep the Pumas the cops.
After the regular season he was called up to the All-American Athletic Second Team.
ABOUT JUSTIN GORHAM
Gorham has established himself as one of the country’s elite rebounders. The native Columbia, Md., Leads the Cougars and The American with 9.0 rebounds per contest.
He leads the Cougars with seven double doubles this season, including 10 points and 12 rebounds in Houston’s exciting 67-64 win over Memphis in the regular season finale at the Fertitta Center on March 7th.
Gorham has posted 12 games with double-digit rebounds, including nine games in a row from January 3 to February 10, making it the first Cougar to put together a streak that streaked from 1982 to 1983 since Houston legend Hakeem Olajuwon Had 15 games (last three games) through 1983-84 (first 12 games).
He leads The American and ranks fifth nationally with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game and is the only player with 5.0 defensive boards per contest to rank among the league’s top four leaders in both categories.
Gorham was recognized for the second team by the American Athletic Conference bureau and was named the most improved player in the league.
Grimes and Sasser were supported on the first team by Tyson Etienne (Wichita State), Jayden Gardner (ECU) and Kendric Davis (SMU). Gorham was supported on the second team by Brandon Rachal (Tulsa), Landers Nolley II (Memphis), Keith Williams (Cincinnati) and Jaylen Forbes (Tulane).
Wichita State’s Isaac Brown was named the district’s Coach of the Year.
Grimes, Sasser, Gorham and the Cougars will play in the first round of the NCAA tournament when they take on number 15 Cleveland State at 6:15 p.m. (CDT) Friday at the Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
This is the third consecutive NCAA tournament appearance for the Cougars.
Fans can watch the first round game on Friday on truTV and hear the game on 950 AM KPRC, Westwood One Radio and the TuneIn app.
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