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’s award, while Gorham received the second team’s award.
All three players led the way in the Cougars, who set a 24-3 overall record 14-3 in the American Athletic Conference game and recently won the American Championship.
Houston climbed to 5th place in both national polls, the highest rank for the Cougars since the 1983/84 season, and spent 11 weeks in the top 10.
The vote was conducted by head coaches from NABC members 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. With 6.0 rebounds per competition, he is eighth in the league.
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.
Grimes was named American Player of the Year after regular time and was only the fourth Cougar in school history to win the Conference Player of the and Tournament Most Outstanding Player Honors that same season. He joined the center Hakeem Olajuwon (1984 Southwest Conference), guard Michael Young (1983 SWC), and guard Rob Williams (1981 SWC).
Grimes has released 11 20-point games this season, including a Season, Career and Fertitta Center record of 33 points in a win against WKU on February 25.
Grimes has scored at least seven rebounds in 13 games and completed the first double-double of his career with 10 boards against Alcorn State with 27 points.
ABOUT MARCUS SASSER
Sasser ranks second among the Cougars and ranks ninth with 13.7 points per game. Houston is the only American team with two of the league’s top 10 leaders.
Sasser ranks third in the league with 2.6 3-pointers per game and has abandoned 15 games in a row with at least one Trey earlier this season.
The Texas native made career highs with 28 points and eight 3-pointers in Houston’s win against Tulane on January 9th at the Fertitta Center and distributed seven career-high assists in both games against USF this season. Pumas sweep the bulls.
After the regular season he was named to the All-American Athletic Second Team.
ABOUT JUSTIN GORHAM
Gorham has established himself as one of the nation’s elite rebounders. A native of Columbia, Md., Leads the Cougars and The American with 9.0 rebounds per competition.
He leads the Cougars with seven doubles 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 released 12 games with double-digit rebounds, including nine straight games from January 3 to February 10. This made him the first Cougar to put together a series that had a series of 15 games from 1982 to 1983 since Houston legend Hakeem Olajuwon (last three games) to 1983-84 (first 12 games).
He leads The American and ranks fifth nationwide with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game. With 5.0 defensive boards per competition, he is the only player to be among the top 4 leaders in the league in both categories.
Gorham received a “Second Team” award from the American Athletic Conference office and was voted the league’s Most Improved Player.
Grimes and Sasser were supported on the first team by Tyson Etienne (State of Wichita), 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).
Isaac Brown of Wichita state 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 play 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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