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March 5, 2012Tulane freshman guard Ricky Tarrant became the first Green Wave player since 1997 to be named first-team All-Conference USA, as the league office announced the 2011-12 All C-USA teams on Monday.
The three all-conference teams were voted on by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city.
Tarrant, who joins only Jerald Honeycutt (1996 and 1997) as the only two Green Wave players to earn first-team honors from C-USA, is joined on the 2011-12 first team by Will Barton of Memphis, Keith Clanton of UCF, Tulsa's Jordan Clarkson and UAB's Cameron Moore.
"This is really a great honor for Ricky and really everyone on our team," Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. "When Kendall (Timmons) and Tomas (Bruha) went down, there was an opportunity for guys to step up - not only off the bench, but also guys that were already starting such as Ricky - to expand their role and what they needed to do to help our team. Ricky, especially in Conference play, played at such a high level and did so much for us. In addition to everything he was doing, he really increased his scoring."
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 became the first freshman to earn first-team honors since Memphis' Tyreke Evans received the distinction in 2009. The Pleasant Grove, Ala., native also received seven C-USA Freshman of the Week honors this season, including a record five in a row. He 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.
2011-12 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Will Barton, Memphis, G, 6-6, 175, So., Baltimore, Md.
Keith Clanton, UCF, F, 6-8, 245, Jr., Orlando, Fla.
Jordan Clarkson, Tulsa, G, 6-4, 195, So., San Antonio, Texas
Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-10, 230, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, G, 6-0, 170, Fr., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
2011-12 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Tarik Black, Memphis, F, 6-8, 243, So., Memphis, Tenn.
DeAndre Kane, Marshall, G, 6-4, 200, So., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Arsalan Kazemi, Rice, F, 6-7, 220, Jr., Esfahan, Iran
Miguel Paul, East Carolina, G, 6-1, 180, Jr., Winter Haven, Fla.
Neil Watson, Southern Miss, G, 5-11, 170, So., Kansas City, Kan.
2011-12 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Chris Crawford, Memphis, G, 6-4, 212, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Jonathan Mills, Southern Miss, F, 6-6, 230, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
Darrius Morrow, East Carolina, F, 6-8, 245, Sr., Atlanta, Ga.
Robert Nyakundi, SMU, F, 6-8, 220, Sr., Arlington, Texas
Damier Pitts, Marshall, G, 5-10, 165, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.