Hakeem Olajuwon averaged 15 points per game and 10 boards during his NCAA tournament career. | Courtesy of UH Athletics
UH great, Hakeem Olajuwon, was named as a top 15 player on the NCAA’s All-Time 75th Players team. During Olajuwon’s tenure at UH, the team reached back-to-back national title games.
Though the Cougars lost to NC State on a last-second tip-in in 1983, he was still named the tournament’s most-outstanding player. Olajuwon is the last player on a team that did not win a title to pick up that award. In 1984, UH lost to Georgetown in the title game.
Olajuwon averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game in his NCAA tournament career.
The crowd ignited when redshirt sophomore guard Joe Young found freshman forward Danuel House for an alley-oop on the first possession of the game in the Cougars’ first trip back to the postseason for UH since the 2010 NCAA Tournament. UH tiped off against UT in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. The Cougar’s front court was having their way under the basket — scoring their first 12 points of the game in the paint. The Cougars took their biggest lead of the first half when Young layed it up off a Cougar miss — capping off a 14-4 run to take a 22-11 lead. Junior forward J.J Richardson and redshirt freshman forward LeRon Barnes played big off the bench — scoring a combined 12 points in the first half. The story of UT was living and dying by the 3-pointer — going 3-16 in the first half but were able to cut into the lead at 34-31 with under a minute left in the first half. Young buried a 3-pointer at the buzzard to put UH back up by 6 to end the half.
— Andrew Valderas, Staff writer
UH has two players on the All-Conference USA team for the first time since 2008-09.
Sophomore forward TaShawn Thomas was named to the All-Conference USA first team after averaging 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. Thomas and Tulane junior forward Josh Davis are the only two C-USA players ranked in the top five in scoring and rebounding.
Head coach James Dickey said Thomas earned the honor.
“I’m certainly happy for TaShawn because of the way he’s been able to score and rebound and the double doubles that he’s had. It’s a nice compliment from the coaches around the league for him to be named to the first team,” Dickey said.
Redshirt sophomore guard Joseph Young earned a spot on the Third Team. He finished the season on a tear, scoring at least 20 points in each contest, to capture the C-USA individual scoring title at 18.54 points per game. Young scored 32 points, including the game-clinching three-point play with two seconds remaining, Sunday against Tulane. His play helped the Cougars enter the C-USA Championship tournament on a three-game winning streak.
“I feel like Joe has stepped up,” Thomas said.
After redshirt sophomore guard Joseph Young’s 32 points and nine assists lifts the Cougars to a 96-94 victory against Tulane on Saturday with a three-point play in the final minute, UH will head into the Conference USA tournament as the sixth seed.
They will face Rice. Here is the bracket:
After having two of the most illustrious careers in UH history, former Cougars Brittney Scott and Courtney Taylor may need to brush up on their Spanish-speaking skills.
Both players signed with teams in the Spanish league. Taylor signed with AG.DVA. Baloncestes Aviles, and Scott signed with Ourense.
“I’ve been playing basketball all of my life, so to get to this level and achieve another goal, it feels really good,” Scott said in a release.
The two are fresh off of leading the Cougars to a 26-6 overall record (16-0 Conference USA), and a regular-season conference championship. Taylor finished her career as the all-time UH leader in rebounds and double-doubles. Scott made the most 3-pointers in program history with 226.