Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Logan repeats as C-USA's top player


Huggins loses voting for top coach

By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati senior Steve Logan was named Conference USA Player of Year today by the media and coaches for the second straight year, making him the league's first repeat winner since former Bearcat Danny Fortson won the award in 1996 and '97.

        “There are no words to explain his game,” said teammate Taron Barker, who guards Logan every day in practice. “He deserves Player of the Year. He's worked so hard on his game, and you can see the outcome. Every night he's putting up NBA numbers.”

        Logan, considered a national player of the year candidate, is Conference USA's leading scorer (22.6 ppg) and is second on the league's career scoring chart (1,892), just 55 points behind South Florida senior Altron Jackson.

        The C-USA Coach of the Year Award went to Marquette's Tom Crean over UC's Bob Huggins. Crean led his team to a 24-5 record and second place in C-USA at 13-3. Last year, Marquette was 15-14, 9-7. UC (27-3) finished 14-2 in conference play, winning the regular-season championship.

        SIXTH MAN: Jason Maxiell won the league's Sixth Man of the Year Award.

        Maxiell, who was named to the All-Freshman team, has scored in double figures five of the last seven games and has been UC's most consistent inside player throughout the conference season.

        “He's been terrific,” Huggins said. “I think people around the league realized how good he's been for us. It's great to have a guy you can bring off the bench to make something happen.”

        DEFENSIVE PLAYER: UC senior Immanuel McElroy was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.

        “That's what I work hard for; that's a great honor,” McElroy said. “I thank them for voting for me. It's a big payoff.”

        Said Huggins: “He deserves it. He's guarded point guards; he's guarded small forwards; he's guarded power forwards a time or two. Mac does whatever we need him to do to win.”

       



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