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UC's Evans named AAC Player of the Week

Cincinnati's Jacob Evans (1) shoots against Mississippi State's Quinndary Weatherspoon (11) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Highland Heights, Ohio. Cincinnati won 65-50. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - University of Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans III (Baton Rouge, La./St. Michael the Archangel HS) has been named The American Athletic Conference Player of the Week while senior Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton HS) has earned selection to the league’s weekly honor roll.

Evans averaged a team-high 20.0 points with 6.5 rebounds while shooting 50.0 percent (12 of 24) from the field and 61.5 percent (8 of 13) from beyond the arc in wins over Mississippi State and UCLA last week.

The guard/forward scored a game-high 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting with four three-pointers and three blocks in Cincinnati’s 65-50 home win over Mississippi State on Dec. 12. He posted 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting with four threes during the Bearcats’ 77-63 win at UCLA on Dec. 16.

Against the teeth of Cincinnati’s nonconference schedule, Evans averaged a team-best 19.0 points with 5.3 rebounds while shooting 48.1 percent (25 of 52) from the floor with a team-high 11 three-pointers over the last four games.

A watch list member for the Wooden Award and Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, Evans ranks among The American’s leaders in seven categories (through Dec. 16): blocks (T-eighth at 1.5); three-pointers made (T-eighth at 2.2); three-point field goal percentage (10th at .436); assists (13th at 3.3); assist-to-turnover ratio (14th at 1.4); scoring (14th at 14.4) and minutes played (26th at 29.4).

Evans has scored in double figures in 41 of the last 48 games for the Bearcats and needs 77 points to become the 52nd member of Cincinnati’s 1,000-point club. He is averaging a team-high 14.4 points and 3.3 assists this season.

It marks the first player of the week award for Evans. Earlier in his career he earned weekly honor roll selection (11/14/16) and two rookie of the week honors (12/28/15 and 2/29/16).

Clark averaged 9.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 4.0 blocks and 2.5 steals in a pair of wins last week for Cincinnati.

The forward registered his league-best third double-double of the season (league-high 21st of career) with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds to go with four assists, three blocks and three steals at UCLA on Dec. 16. He just missed a double-double earlier in the week, producing nine points, a game-high 13 rebounds to go with a career-best five blocks in the win over Mississippi State on Dec. 12.

Clark became the leading rebounder of the Mick Cronin coaching era (passing Yancy Gates with 916 from 2008-12) Saturday when he pulled down a game-high 11 boards at UCLA. With 920 career rebounds, Clark ranks third in the nation among active players and needs 10 more to past Connie Dierking (929 from 1956-58) for eighth place in school history.

Named to watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year and the Lute Olson Player of the Year awards, Clark ranks among the league leaders in eight categories (through Dec. 16): offensive rebounds (first at 3.5 [21st in nation]); double-doubles (T-first with three); rebounds (second at 9.2); defensive rebounds (third at 5.6); blocks (seventh at 1.5); steals (T-eighth at 1.5); free throw percentage (11th at .841); scoring (T-24th at 12.5).

Clark is averaging 12.5 points and 9.2 rebounds this season.

Clark previously has been named the league’s player of the week three times and listed on the weekly honor roll seven times.

The Bearcats host a pair of games at BB&T Arena this week to conclude non-league play, welcoming Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Information courtesy UC Athletics

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