Tigers guard Joe Jackson has been named All-Conference USA first team and three other Tigers were selected to the third team.
The league made the announcement on Monday, March 11, and Geron Johnson, D.J. Stephens and Adonis Thomas were all third-team choices. Coach Josh Pastner was happy Jackson made first-team, saying there was “no doubt” about that decision, but he was miffed more players did not earn first-or-second-team honors and that Chris Crawford was not recognized.
In fact, Pastner interrupted Jackson’s interview session with media at the Finch Center Monday to say that if Crawford is not the league’s Sixth Man of the Year there should “be a Congressional hearing.” He also said Shaq Goodwin should be Freshman of the Year, Johnson Newcomer of the Year, and Stephens Defensive Player of the Year. He stopped short of saying he should be Coach of the Year but Thomas did that work for him.
“Most definitely,” Thomas said of Pastner as the league’s Coach of the Year. “Coach has done a great job this season.”
The league’s major awards will be announced Wednesday in Tulsa, site of the C-USA Conference Tournament. Memphis begins play Thursday night.