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PHILADELPHIA – American Athletic Conference men’s basketball coaches selected University of Cincinnati senior guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington HS) as the league’s preseason player of the year while predicting a third-place finish for the Bearcats at conference media day Monday at the Airport Marriott.
Cumberland, who also was unanimously selected first team All-AAC for the second consecutive year on Monday, claimed AAC Player of the Year and American Championship Most Outstanding Player accolades last season and serves at the league’s top returning scorer for 2019-20. He started all 35 games a year ago, averaging 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.5 minutes. He averaged 23.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the AAC Tournament and set the tournament’s championship game record, scoring 33 points on 11-of-24 shooting with eight rebounds against No. 11 Houston.
Cumberland garnered Associated Press honorable mention All-America accolades and was a semifinalist for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award last season.
He marks Cincinnati’s first returning league player of the year since Steve Logan won Conference USA’s top player award in 2001 and 2002. He is the second returning player of the year in AAC history (SMU’s Nic Moore won the award in 2015 and 2016).
Cumberland ranked among AAC leaders in eight categories in 2018-19: points (third at 18.8), three-point field goal percentage (seventh at .388), three-point field goals made (seventh at 2.3), free throw percentage (10th at .773), assists (11th at 3.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (13th at 1.3), minutes played (14th at 32.5) and steals (15th at 1.1).
Cumberland scored 657 points during 2018-19, the 10th most points scored in a season in school history while becoming the 53rd member of Cincinnati’s 1,000-point club. He enters 2019-20 ranked 20th on the all-time scoring list with 1,363 career points.
// BEARCATS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN AAC
League coaches predicted a third-place finish for Cincinnati behind Houston and Memphis, who tied for first. The Bearcats received 94 points and one first-place vote.
Houston and Memphis garnered 113 points each, with the Cougars receiving seven first-place votes and the Tigers earning four first-place votes.
The predicted order of finish for the remaining AAC teams follows: Wichita State (88 points), USF (79), UConn (75), Temple (72), SMU (47), UCF (40), Tulsa (36), ECU (20) and Tulane (15).
// 2019-20 AAC PRESEASON POLL & AWARDS
Coaches Preseason Poll
Finish – Team (First-Place Votes) – Points
T-1 – Houston (7) – 113
T-1 – Memphis (4) – 113
3 – Cincinnati (1) – 94
4 – Wichita State – 88
5 – USF – 79
6 – UConn – 75
7 – Temple – 72
8 – SMU – 47
9 – UCF – 40
10 – Tulsa – 36
11 – ECU – 20
12 – Tulane – 15
Preseason Player of the Year
Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati
Preseason Rookie of the Year
James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis *
Preseason First Team
Jarron Cumberland, Sr., G, Cincinnati *
Quinton Rose, Sr., G, Temple
DeJon Jarreau, R-Jr., G, Houston
James Wiseman, Fr., C, Memphis
Laquincy Rideau, R-Sr., G, USF
Preseason Second Team ^
Alexis Yetna, Jr., F, USF
Jayden Gardner, So., F, ECU
Nate Pierre-Louis, Jr, G, Temple
Alterique Gilbert, R-Jr., G, UConn
David Collins, Jr., G, USF
Christian Vital, Jr., G, UConn
* unanimous selection
^ extra member due to tie in voting
// MINI PLANS ON SALE NOW
Mini plans for the 2019-20 University of Cincinnati men’s basketball season at Fifth Third Arena are on sale now.
Starting as low as $75, the five-game mini plan offers Bearcats fans the option to pick three games from contests against Tennessee (Wednesday, Dec. 18), UConn (Wednesday, Jan. 1), Houston (Saturday, Feb. 1), Memphis (Thursday, Feb. 13) and Wichita State (Sunday, Feb. 23) and two other games from the collection of games against Thomas More (exhibition on Thursday, Oct. 31), Drake (Monday, Nov. 11), Alabama A&M (Thursday, Nov. 14), UNLV (Saturday, Nov. 30), Vermont (Tuesday, Dec. 3), Colgate (Saturday, Dec. 14), Tulsa (Wednesday, Jan. 8), ECU (Sunday, Jan. 19), SMU (Tuesday, Jan. 28), UCF (Wednesday, Feb. 19) and Temple (Saturday, Mar. 7).
Demand for tickets available through the mini plans is high and may be the only way fans can secure their seats for those select games. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase when single-game tickets go on sale beginning Monday, Oct. 21.
// SINGLE-GAME TICKETS AND STUDENT SEASON TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 21
Single-game tickets and student season tickets for the 2019-20 men’s basketball season will go on sale Monday, Oct. 21. Single-game tickets will start at $20 per ticket.
Student season tickets are $100 and are based off rUCkus Rewards points. Additional student season ticket information will be available in early October.
To purchase mini plans or single-game tickets please visit GoBearcats.com/Tickets or call 1-877-CATS-TIX.
// 2019-20 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT
UC Athletics announced on Wednesday, Sept. 25, that there would be no public on-sale for 2019-2020 men’s basketball season tickets. Following the season ticket holder seat upgrade process and exclusive sale to waiting list deposit purchasers, season tickets are sold out for the Bearcats’ second year in the newly renovated Fifth Third Arena.
// JOIN THE WAITING LIST FOR 2020-21 SEASON TICKETS
Fans interested in securing season tickets for future seasons at Fifth Third Arena are encouraged to place a $50 deposit to join the season-ticket waitlist, which is organized on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can join by visiting GoBearcats.com/waitlist.
Important to note, the only way fans will guarantee their seats to the 2020 Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout against Xavier will be by purchasing 2020-21 season tickets.
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