DALLAS (AP) — UAB junior guard Jordan Walker was named the Conference USA player of the year on Monday, and Nick McDevitt was honored as the top coach after Middle Tennessee's impressive turnaround to be the league's East Division champion.
Walker is third in Conference USA with 19.3 points and 5.1 assists a game, and his 42 points against Middle Tennessee on February 5 are the league high this season. When counting only C-USA games, Walker topped the league with 21.6 points and 5.3 assists in those 18 games.
Middle Tennessee takes a 22-9 record into this week's C-USA tournament. That is already 17 wins more than last season for the Blue Raiders, who won only 24 games combined in McDevitt's first three seasons.
Walker was joined on the All-Conference USA first team by Charlotte guard Jahmir Young, Louisiana Tech forward Kenneth Lofton, North Texas guard Tylor Perry and Western Kentucky sophomore Dayvion McKnight.
The C-USA awards were voted on by league coaches, sports information directors and a media representative from each of the 14 schools.
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