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Bearcats top scorer Cumberland named unanimous 1st team All-AAC

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jarron cumberland going up for shot (courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball junior guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington High School) has been named a unanimous First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection by the league’s coaches.

 

Cumberland was one of three players in the league to earn unanimous first-team honors along with Cory Davis Jr. of Houston and Jeremiah Martin of Memphis. The other first-team All-AAC honorees were Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. and UCF’s B.J. Taylor.

 

It marks the second consecutive season and third time in the league’s six years that a Bearcats student-athlete was tabbed a unanimous first-team all-league selection. UC All-Americans Gary Clark (2018) and Sean Kilpatrick (2014) also earned the distinction.

 

Cumberland averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists during the regular season, helping lead the Bearcats to a 25-6 overall record and second-place finish at 14-4 in the league. He scored 20 or more points 15 times during the season and served as Cincinnati’s top scorer in 20 games, including 14 in league play.

 

Cumberland ranked among AAC leaders in seven categories this season: points (third at 18.4), three-point field goal percentage (fifth at .404), three-pointers made (tied for sixth at 2.3), free throw percentage (eighth at .780), assists (11th at 3.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (13th at 1.3) and minutes played (15th at 32.1).

 

Cumberland was recognized by the league nine times for weekly honors in 2018-19, earning player of the week accolades four times (Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28) and a spot on the weekly honor roll five times (Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and March 4).

 

As a freshman, Cumberland was named to The American’s All-Rookie Team and was the AAC’s Co-Sixth Man of the Year in 2016-17.

 

// FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Shizz Alston, Jr., Temple

Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati *

Corey Davis, Jr., Houston *

Jeremiah Martin, Memphis *

B.J. Taylor, UCF

 

// SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Armoni Brooks, Houston

Aubrey Dawkins, UCF

Markis McDuffie, Wichita State

Jahmal McMurray, SMU

Quinton Rose, Temple

 

// THIRD TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE

Jalen Adams, UConn

David Collins, USF

Tacko Fall, UCF

DaQuan Jeffries, Tulsa

Laquincy Rideau, USF

 

// ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Dexter Dennis, Wichita State

Jayden Gardner, ECU *

Tyler Harris, Memphis

Nate Hinton, Houston *

Alexis Yetna, USF *

 

*unanimous selection

 

// FOLLOW THE TEAM
Stay connected with Cincinnati men’s basketball on Facebook (GoBearcatsMBB), Twitter (@GoBearcatsMBB) and Instagram (GoBearcatsMBB).

-GoBEARCATS.com-

 

 

UC’s Cumberland named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

Jarron Cumberland is tough to stop (courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball junior guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington High School) has been named the 2018-19 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year by the league’s coaches.

 

Earlier this week, Cumberland was tabbed a unanimous first-team All-AAC selection.

 

It marks the second consecutive year a Bearcat has received the league’s top honor (Gary Clark in 2017-18) and the first time Cincinnati has won conference player of the year honors in back-to-back seasons since Steve Logan in 2001 and 2002 (Conference USA).

 

An elite scorer and gifted passer, Cumberland helped lead the Bearcats to a 25-6 regular-season mark and a 14-4, second-place finish in The American. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals while shooting 40.4 percent (72 of 178) from three-point range. Cumberland scored 20 or more points 15 times during the season and served as Cincinnati’s top scorer in 20 games, including 14 in league play. It marks the most 20-point performances at UC since Sean Kilpatrick recorded 19 such outings during the 2013-14 campaign.

 

Cumberland ranked among AAC leaders in seven categories this season: points (third at 18.4), three-point field goal percentage (fifth at .404), three-pointers made (tied for sixth at 2.3), free throw percentage (eighth at .780), assists (11th at 3.5), assist-to-turnover ratio (13th at 1.3) and minutes played (15th at 32.1).

 

A popular choice for weekly accolades throughout the season, Cumberland was recognized by the league nine times in 2018-19, earning player of the week honors four times (Nov. 26, Dec. 24, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28) and a spot on the weekly honor roll five times (Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and March 4).

 

Cumberland scored a career-high 34 points against USF (Jan. 15), the most points by a Bearcat since Troy Caupain tallied 37 in four overtimes against UConn at the 2016 AAC Tournament. He’s compiled 569 points in 2018-19, one of only three Bearcats to score 500 or more points in a season during the Mick Cronin coaching era (since 2006-07) along with Kilpatrick (2012, 2013, 2014) and Deonta Vaughn (2008). He enters the postseason with 1,275 career points, ranking 28th on UC’s career scoring list.

 

Clutch performances almost became commonplace for Cumberland in 2018-19, especially on the road. He had a hand in 10 of Cincinnati’s 12 points in overtime in its 70-65 win at Tulsa (Jan. 10). He scored five points and assisted on UC’s other two baskets in the extra period. He finished the game with 14 points. That victory sparked an eight-game win streak for the Bearcats.

 

Cumberland also scored 16 of his game-high 25 points in the second half at Temple (Jan. 27) to help rally the Bearcats from a 14-point second-half deficit for a 72-68 victory. It marked UC’s largest comeback win this season and gave Temple its only conference home loss of the year.

 

Last month, Cumberland scored nine of UC’s last 11 points in the final 2:16 at Memphis (Feb. 7), including two traditional three-point plays, to seal the 11-point second-half comeback. He finished with 17 points as the Bearcats handed Memphis its only home loss in league action.

 

Cumberland was one of three AAC players to earn unanimous selection to the league’s first team on Monday, along with Cory Davis Jr. of Houston and Jeremiah Martin of Memphis. The other first-team All-AAC honorees were Temple’s Shizz Alston Jr. and UCF’s B.J. Taylor.

 

It marks the second consecutive season and third time in the league’s six years that a Bearcat was tabbed a unanimous first-team all-league selection. UC All-Americans Gary Clark (2018) and Sean Kilpatrick (2014) also earned the distinction.

 

As a freshman, Cumberland was named to The American’s All-Rookie Team and was the AAC’s Co-Sixth Man of the Year in 2016-17.

 

// FOLLOW THE TEAM

Stay connected with Cincinnati men’s basketball on Facebook (GoBearcatsMBB), Twitter (@GoBearcatsMBB) and Instagram (GoBearcatsMBB).

 

-GoBEARCATS.com-

 

Bearcats star Jarron Cumberland named AP Honorable Mention All-America

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS INFORMATION

 

Jarron Cumberland

CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati guard Jarron Cumberland (Wilmington, Ohio/Wilmington High School) has been named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press.

 

The distinction caps off a noteworthy junior season for Cumberland who previously was named the 2019 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, American Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player, a unanimous first team all-conference selection, a USBWA All-District 5 selection, a Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award semifinalist and watch list honoree for both the Citizen Naismith Trophy award and the Lute Olsen Player of the Year award.

 

Cumberland averaged 18.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals during the 2018-19 season that saw the Bearcats post a 28-7 overall record, finish second in the AAC at 14-4, win the AAC Tournament for the second straight year and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive season.

 

// CONFERENCE RANKINGS

Cumberland finished the season ranked among AAC leaders in points (third at 18.8), three-point field goal percentage (seventh at .388), three-pointers made (eighth 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’S 2018-19 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·         Named AAC Player of the Year.

·         Earned AAC Tournament MOP honors, averaging 23.3 points, 6.0 rebound and 4.3 assists in three games, including an AAC Tournament championship game record 33 points on 11-of-24 shooting against then-No. 11 Houston.

·         Scored 657 points, the 10th most points in a season in school history and the most since Sean Kilpatrick tallied 701 points as a senior in 2013-14.

·         Finished the season ranked 20th on UC’s all-time scoring list with 1,363 career points.

·         Hit 80 three-pointers in 2018-19, ranking sixth most for a season in UC history.

·         Scored a career-high 34 points against USF on Jan. 15.

·         Scored 20 or more points 17 times.

·         Led the Bearcats in scoring in 22 games.

·         Has helped lead Cincinnati to an 88-18 record in games played during his career as a Bearcat.

 

// 2019 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

First Team
Zion Williamson, Duke
Grant Williams, Tennessee
RJ Barrett, Duke
Ja Morant, Murray State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State

Second Team
Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
Markus Howard, Marquette
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Carsen Edwards, Purdue

Third Team
De’Andre Hunter, Virginia
Dedric Lawson, Kansas
Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
PJ Washington, Kentucky
Kyle Guy, Virginia

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)
Keith Braxton, St. Francis (Pa.)
Ignas Brazdeikis, Michigan
Tookie Brown, Georgia Southern
Chris Clemons, Campbell
RJ Cole, Howard
Jeremy Combs, Texas Southern
Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati
Mike Daum, South Dakota State
Jordan Davis, Northern Colorado
Cameron Delaney, Sam Houston State
Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge
Daniel Gafford, Arkansas
Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson
Rapolas Ivanauskas, Colgate
Ty Jerome, Virginia
Cameron Johnson, North Carolina
Anthony Lamb, Vermont
Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Caleb Martin, Nevada
CJ Massinburg, Buffalo
Garrison Mathews, Lipscomb
Luke Maye, North Carolina
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Sam Merrill, Utah State
Jaylen Nowell, Washington
Miye Oni, Yale
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s
Myles Powell, Seton Hall
Admiral Schofield, Tennessee
Marial Shayok, Iowa State
B.J. Stith, Old Dominion
Matisse Thybulle, Washington
Jake Toolson, Utah Valley
Marques Townes, Loyola of Chicago
Tremont Waters, LSU
Coby White, North Carolina
Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra
Cameron Young, Quinnipiac

-GoBearcats.com-

 

 

 

A surprise to some, Cincinnati names John Brannen new men’s basketball coach

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Andre Foushee; COURTESY UC SPORTS INFORMATION

 

 

John Brannen (courtesy Northern Kentucky U)

CINCINNATI – John Brannen has been named the 27th head coach in University of Cincinnati men’s basketball history, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Sunday, April 14. A formal introduction will take place Monday at 10 a.m. ET in the media room at Fifth Third Arena.

 

Brannen took Northern Kentucky University to unprecedented success as the school’s athletics department underwent reclassification. Since earning active Division I status eligibility prior to the start of the 2016-17 season, the Norse men’s basketball program has compiled a 72-30 overall record under Brannen, making three consecutive postseason appearances (NCAA Tournament [2017, 2019], NIT [2018]), winning back-to-back Horizon League regular-season championships (2018, 2019) and claiming a pair of conference tournament titles (2017, 2019). No other school in the nation has enjoyed NKU’s amount of success in its first three years with active status at the Division I level.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome John, his wife Lisa and their daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn, to the Bearcats family,” Bohn said. “He has a proven record as a head coach, longtime ties to the local community and coaches an exciting style of basketball. We were impressed with his passion, drive, determination and basketball acumen during the interview process where he truly emerged as the best coach to lead the Cincinnati basketball program with a bright future.”

 

Brannen, whose coaching career spans 20 seasons, owns an 82-52 career record as head coach. He registered an 81-51 ledger in four seasons at NKU and a 1-1 mark as Alabama’s interim head coach at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

 

The 2017 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Brannen led the Norse to a 24-11 record in 2016-17, the Horizon League Tournament title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the school’s first season of active status eligibility. NKU’s win total was an improvement of 15 victories from the previous season, marking the third-best turnaround in the nation behind only UCLA and Minnesota.

 

Brannen guided NKU to a 22-10 mark, the Horizon League regular-season championship and an NIT appearance in 2017-18. Last season, NKU posted a Division I-era record 26 wins with eight losses, claiming the league regular-season championship and tournament title and its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three years.

 

“It’s truly an honor to take over such a storied program at the University of Cincinnati,” Brannen said. “The Cincinnati-northern Kentucky community is special to my family and we are happy to remain at home. I want to thank President Pinto, Mike Bohn and the search committee for this opportunity. We are thrilled to join a world-class University and continue to build on the historic success of Bearcats basketball and the incredible lineage of former coaches.”

 

Brannen’s players have earned 10 Horizon League postseason accolades, highlighted by Drew McDonald receiving league player of the year honors this past season. NKU finished 2018-19 ranked 11th in the nation in both total assists (592) and assists per game (16.9). The Norse also ranked nationally in field goal shooting percentage (27th at .478), scoring margin (28th at +9.6), assist-to-turnover ratio (32nd at 1.34), three-point shooting defense (34th at .314), rebound margin (43rd at +4.5) and scoring offense (44th at 78.5 points).

 

Brannen came to NKU after spending six seasons (2010-2015) at Alabama coaching under Anthony Grant, four as an assistant coach and two as the associate head coach. The Crimson Tide made four postseason appearances during his stay. Alabama finished as the runners up at the 2011 NIT, posting a 25-12 overall mark and winning the Southeastern Conference West Division title. The Crimson Tide made an NCAA Tournament appearance the following season and later advanced to the NIT quarterfinals in 2013 and the second round of the NIT in 2015. Brannen served as interim head coach for Alabama’s two games in the 2015 NIT. While in Tuscaloosa, Brannen helped sign Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class that ranked fifth in the nation according to Rivals.com.

 

Prior to Alabama, Brannen served as an assistant coach at VCU for three seasons (2007-09) under Anthony Grant, helping leads the Rams to three 20-win campaigns, two NCAA Tournament appearances (2007, 2009) and a showing in the NIT (2008). The 2007 squad posted a 28-7 mark, upsetting Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Brannen helped recruit Larry Sanders, who later was drafted by Milwaukee as the 15th pick in the 2010 NBA draft and also helped recruit four of VCU’s five starters on its 2011 Final Four team.

 

Before VCU, Brannen served as an assistant coach St, Bonaventure (2004-06) for three seasons, Eastern Kentucky (2001-2003) for three seasons and Charleston for the 2000 campaign.

 

A native of nearby Alexandria, Ky., Brannen attending Newport Central Catholic. He began his collegiate playing career at Morehead State before transferring to Marshall for his final two seasons, playing for head coaches Billy Donovan (1996) and Greg White (1997). He was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1997, averaging 20.9 points. He scored 1,008 points in two seasons with the Thundering Herd. A Rhodes Scholar finalist, Brannen received scholarships from both the NCAA and Southern Conference. He earned a degree in business management from Marshall in 1997 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Belgium’s First Division before beginning his coaching career.

 

Brannen and his wife Lisa live in northern Kentucky and are the proud parents of twin daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn.

// THE BRANNEN FILE

Hometown: Alexandria, Ky.
Alma Mater: Marshall, 1997
Family: wife, Lisa; twin daughters, Jaylee and Katelyn

// COACHING EXPERIENCE

1999-2000: Assistant Coach, Charleston
2001-2003: Assistant Coach, Eastern Kentucky
2004-2006: Assistant Coach, St. Bonaventure
2007-2009: Assistant Coach, VCU
2010-2013: Assistant Coach, Alabama
2014-2015: Associate Head Coach, Alabama
2016-2019: Head Coach, Northern Kentucky
2019-Present: Head Coach, Cincinnati

// AWARDS

2017 Horizon League Coach of the Year
Member of prestigious Villa 7 Consortium since 2006

 

// PLAYING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Began collegiate career at Morehead State (1994, 1995) before transferring to Marshall (1996, 1997)
Named the 1997 Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior
Scored 1,008 points in two seasons at Marshall, playing for Billy Donovan (1996) and Greg White (1997)

 

-GoBearcats.com-

 

Upcoming 2019 Big 5 Hall of Fame inductions to include past and present Temple personnel, Bradshaw, Dunphy, Hairston

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Bill Bradshaw (courtesy LaSalle)

Fran Dunphy

Kamesha Hairston (courtesy Temple)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILADELPHIA – Temple will be well represented in the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame Class of 2019 as men’s basketball head coach Fran Dunphy, former women’s basketball standout Kamesha Hairston and former athletics director Bill Bradshaw are among the seven member class.  The remaining members to be inducted at the Big 5′s annual awards banquet held at the Palestra on April 15 (6 pm) are Jim Foster (Saint Joseph’s WBB coach), Mike Nardi (Villanova MBB), Steve Smith (La Salle MBB) and Mark Zoller (Penn MBB).

Tickets for the Philadelphia Big 5 Awards Dinner are $15 online (click here) and $20 at the door.

The all-time winningest coach in Big 5 history, Dunphy recorded 580 victories over his 30-year career, spending 17 seasons at Penn before heading to north Philly to guide Temple for the last 13 seasons.  A standout player at La Salle (1967-70), he is one of only six coaches with more than 200 wins at two schools while taking each to eight or more NCAA Tournaments. The only person to serve as head coach at two Big 5 schools, he has been named Big 5 Coach of the Year seven times (four at Temple, three at Penn).  Dunphy has guided his teams to 13 regular season conference titles and three conference tournament championships while his 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament ties Temple Hall of Fame coach John Chaney for the most by a Big 5 coach.

One of the top players in Temple women’s basketball history, Hairston earned Atlantic 10 Conference and Philadelphia Big 5 Player of the Year honors during her senior season (2006-07). The 2007 First Round WNBA draft pick led the A10 and ranked 17th nationally in scoring with 18.9 points per game in earning honorable mention All-America honors.  The three-time all-Big 5 selection (2x First Team, 1 Second Team) led the Owls to three Philadelphia Big 5 Championships while scoring 1,573 career points, which, at the time, ranked fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list.  She also ranked third all-time for the Owls in steals (234) and sixth in rebounds (757).

The only person to serve as Athletic Director at two Big 5 schools, Bradshaw is completing his second stint at La Salle after spending 11 years as the top athletics administrator at Temple (2002-13). He also served as the AD at DePaul for 16 years (1986-02), overseeing 13 men’s and women’s basketball NCAA appearances. A 1969 graduate of La Salle, Bradshaw’s first tenure at his alma mater saw the men’s basketball team advance to three NCAA Tournaments and the women two.  At Temple, he engineered the school’s move to the American Athletic Conference while also luring Dunphy away from Penn to replace Chaney. The Owls advanced to 14 men’s and women’s NCAA Tournaments on his watch. His second stint at La Salle was highlighted by the hosting of the NCAA Regionals in 2016, the hiring of Ashley Howard and Mountain MacGillivray as men’s and women’s basketball coaches, and signing the athletic department’s first all-encompassing apparel deal with Under Armour.

Inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, Foster compiled a 248-126 overall record at Saint Joseph’s, for the second most wins in school history. He led the Hawks to seven postseason appearances (1 AIAW, 6 NCAA) and six Big 5 titles during his 13-year tenure.  Twice named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (’84-85, ’89-90), he coached one All-American, one two-time A-10 Player of the Year, 19 All-Atlantic 10 honorees, 22 All-Big 5 honorees and four Big 5 Players of the Year in his time at SJU.  He also coached at Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Chattanooga, guiding those programs to NCAA Tournament berths. Foster retired following the 2017-18 season at Chattanooga and ended his career with 903 wins, which ranks seventh on the all-time women’s basketball coaching list.

A four-year starter and playmaker, Nardi helped lead Villanova to 92 wins during his career, including trips to the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight. Now an assistant coach with the Wildcats, Nardi started all 35 games of his freshman season in 2003-04, earning BIG EAST all-Rookie Team honors.  An honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection as a senior, he helped lead Villanova to perfect 4-0 city-series records his final two seasons.  He scored 1,306 career points and his 423 assists rank 14th in school history.

One of the most prolific scorers in La Salle history, Smith was a three-time First Team all-Big 5 honoree (2004-06) and two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year (2005, 2006). He finished his career with 1,940 points to rank seventh all-time in school history.  He also ranks fifth in school history with 872 career rebounds, leading La Salle in the category all four seasons. A two-time NABC all-District honoree, Smith led the Explorers in scoring for three consecutive seasons, including a career-best 20.3 scoring average as a junior in 2004-05. He averaged 18.1 points per game over his four-year career and his 707 field goals made is sixth in school history.

A four-year starter (2003-07), Zoller helped lead Penn to the Ivy League title in each of his final three seasons. The 10th all-time leading scorer in Quaker history with 1,429 points, he was a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection while earning first-team All-Big 5 honors as a senior and second team as a junior. Three times Zoller led the Quakers in rebounding, and as a senior he led Penn and the Ivy League in scoring with 565 points—eighth on the Quakers’ single-season list—including 96 points in Big 5 play (24.0 ppg). That included the winning points in a two-point win over Temple and 28 in a one-point victory over La Salle. He still ranks sixth on Penn’s all-time list in career steals (141), seventh in career field goals made (555), and ninth in career rebounds (750).

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