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Adams Named Preseason Rookie of the Year, UConn Picked to Finish Second in The American

Jalen Adams was named The American's Preseason Rookie of the Year on Tuesday morning.
Oct. 27, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. - On Tuesday, UConn men's basketball freshman guard Jalen Adams (Roxbury, Mass.) was selected as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year, while Husky the squad was picked to finished second in the league, as announced by The American at the conference's annual Media Day in Orlando.

In addition to Adams' honor, sophomore G/F Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team, while junior Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and graduate student Sterling Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.) were placed on the All-Conference Second Team.

The Huskies, coming off a 20-15 season with an appearance in the NIT in 2014-15, were given a pair of first-place votes and compiled 87 points, falling just short of SMU's league-best 98. Memphis (59), Temple (54), and Houston (48) were picked fifth, sixth and seventh in the preseason poll, respectively. East Carolina (31), UCF (30), USF (20) and Tulane (11) were tabbed eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th to round out the tallies.

Adams becomes the second-straight Husky to be honored as the Preseason Rookie of the Year after Hamilton earned the distinction in 2014-15. The 6-3 guard attended Brewster Academy in Wolfesboro, N.H. last season and helped the squad to a 34-1 record and NEPSAC Class AAA Championship. Serving as a team captain, he averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for Brewster and earned MVP honors as the NEPSAC Class AAA Tournament.

Hamilton, the 2014-15 conference Rookie of the Year, is set to return to Storrs for his sophomore campaign after starting in all 35 games for the Huskies as a freshman. A four-time Rookie of the Week, Hamilton became just the second freshman in program history to reach the 300-point, 200-rebound, and 100-assist plateau in his first season. Additionally, he led The American in rebounding in league games (9.1) and finished with a team-best five double-doubles.

The reigning conference Defensive Player of the Year Brimah earned a starting assignment in all 35 games for the Huskies, ranking second among all qualified Division I players with 3.46 blocks per game. He also set a program single-season record with a .674 field goal percentage.

Gibbs, one of two graduate students on the 2015-16 roster, comes to Storrs after two outstanding seasons at Seton Hall University, earning a spot on the 2014-15 All-Big East Second Team. He played in 29 games, averaging 16.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game in his final season with the Pirates.

The Huskies will open the exhibition portion of their schedule on Sunday, Nov. 1 when they play host to DII University of Tampa. Tip-off at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is set for 2 p.m.


First Team All-Conference                                              Second Team All-Conference

Octavius Ellis, Sr.  , F, Cincinnati                      Troy Caupain, Jr., G, Cincinnati

Daniel Hamilton, So., G/F, UConn                   Amida Brimah, Jr., C, UConn

*Markus Kennedy, R-Sr., F, SMU                     Sterling Gibbs, GS, G, UConn

*Nic Moore, R-Sr., G, SMU                                 Shaq Goodwin, Sr., F, Memphis

James Woodard, Sr., G, Tulsa                          Shaquille Harrison, Sr., G, Tulsa

[*] denotes unanimous selection


American Player of the Year

Nic Moore, R-Sr., G, SMU


American Rookie of the Year

Jalen Adams, Fr., G, UConn

2015-16 Preseason Coaches' Poll

(First-place votes in parenthesis)                                               

  1. SMU (8) 98
  2. UConn (2) 87
  3. Cincinnati (1) 84
  4. Tulsa 76
  5. Memphis 59
  6. Temple 54
  7. Houston 48
  8. East Carolina 31
  9. UCF 30
  10. USF 20
  11. Tulane 11