IRVING, Texas (University of Memphis) – University of Memphis’ Joe Jackson, Geron Johnson, D.J. Stephens and Adonis Thomas all earned All-Conference USA honors, the league office announced Monday. It is the first All-C-USA accolade for all four Tigers.
Jackson was selected to the All-C-USA first team, while Johnson, Stephens and Thomas all were third team picks. Memphis is the only team in the league to place four players on the All-C-USA teams.
It is the sixth time in the last eight seasons that Memphis placed at least three players on the All-C-USA squads. The Tigers also had at least three players earn All-C-USA distinction in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. The last time Memphis had four All-C-USA performers was in 2008.
Jackson, the 2011 and 2012 Conference USA Tournament MVP, leads the Tigers in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, assists and steals. He is ranked among the Conference USA leaders in scoring (16th), field goal percentage (8th), assists (4th), free throw percentage (14th), steals (4th), three-point field goal percentage (3rd) and assist-turnover ratio (5th). He is the only guard to rank among the top-10 in field goal percentage in C-USA.
The Memphis, Tenn., native recorded three double-doubles and also joined the Tigers 1,000-point, 350-assists club in 2012-13. The 6-foot-1 guard is No. 31 on the Memphis all-time scoring chart with 1,148 points and is No. 10 on the career assists list with 393 dimes.
Johnson is the team’s third-leading scorer and rebounder and is second with 51 steals. He is third on the squad with 97 assists, needing just three more to become the third Tiger with 100 dimes this season.
The Dayton, Ohio, native is ranked among the Conference USA leaders in assists (10th), steals (2nd) and assist-turnover ratio (10th).
Stephens leads the Tigers and Conference USA in blocked shots at 2.3 swats per game. His 70 total blocks are just one shy of entering the top-10 for a single season in school history. The 6-foot-5 forward also leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg) and field goal percentage (.676). He ranks among the C-USA leaders in rebounding (12th).
The Killeen, Texas, native has two double-doubles and five double-figure rebounding games. Stephens, who was named the 2011-12 Intersport Dunks of the Year champion, went over 100 dunks for his career in 2012-13 and now has 116 slams.
Thomas, who played his first full season in 2012-13, is the squad’s second-leading scorer and top free throw shooter (.772). As a freshman in 2011-12, he suffered a foot injury after the second C-USA game of the season and missed the remainder of the regular season.
The 6-foot-7 guard is averaging 4.4 rebounds and has 52 assists, 22 blocks and 19 steals. The Memphis, Tenn., native recorded his first collegiate double-double with career highs of 23 points and 10 boards in the win at Marshall Feb. 16. He has 17 double-figure scoring games, including 11 in C-USA play.
The following are the 2012-13 All-Conference USA squads:
ALL-C-USA FIRST TEAM
Dwayne Davis, Southern Miss, F, 6-5, 205, Sr., Philadelphia, Pa.
Josh Davis, Tulane, F, 6-8, 215, Jr., Raleigh, N.C.
Joe Jackson, Memphis, G, 6-1, 171, Jr., Memphis, Tenn.
Maurice Kemp, East Carolina, F, 6-8, 190, Sr., Miami, Fla.
Isaiah Sykes, UCF, G/F, 6-5, 215, Jr., Detroit, Mich.
TaShawn Thomas, Houston, F, 6-8, 215, So., Killeen, Texas
ALL-C-USA SECOND TEAM
Keith Clanton, UCF, F, 6-9, 250, Sr., Orlando, Fla.
DeAndre Kane, Marshall, G, 6-4, 195, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Miguel Paul, East Carolina, G, 6-1, 170, Sr., Winter Haven, Fla.
Rod Rucker, UAB, F, 6-5, 220, Jr., Elberton, Ga.
Ricky Tarrant, Tulane, F, 6-2, 190, So., Pleasant Grove, Ala.
ALL-C-USA THIRD TEAM
Geron Johnson, Memphis, G, 6-3, 197, Jr., Dayton, Ohio
D.J. Stephens, Memphis, F/G, 6-5, 188, Sr., Killeen, Texas
Adonis Thomas, Memphis, F/G, 6-7, 240, So., Memphis, Tenn.
Julian Washburn, UTEP, F, 6-7, 205, So., Duncanville, Texas
Joseph Young, Houston, G, 6-3, 185, So., Houston, Texas