Reacting to the AAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Awards

The American Athletic Conference men’s basketball coaches released their preseason awards for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

We briefly give our thoughts below:

Player of the Year: Marcus Sasser, Houston

The senior guard from Dallas, Texas was named the AAC preseason Player of the Year.

This has sparked some discussion over the fact that it was not Memphis guard Kendric Davis — also known as the reigning Conference Player of the Year.

That decision has elicited this response from Davis:

Sasser missed some of last season with an injury, leaving a void in the conference. And Davis — then at SMU — excelled to snag the end-of-season award.

Davis and Sasser make up two of three unanimous preseason first-team selections, with Tulane guard Jalen Cook being the third.

These three make up the short list of Player of the Year contenders as we head into the 2022-23 season.

Rookie of the Year: Jarace Walker, Houston

Walker is a 6-foot-8 forward who attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He was also unanimously given five stars by every college basketball recruiting service.

Alabama, Auburn, and Houston made up this heralded recruit’s top three.

The only other recruits in the top 100 of 247Sports’ Composite rankings to sign with AAC schools are Terrance Arceneaux (Houston, 40th) and Taylor Hendricks (UCF, 64th). Walker was ranked 11th.

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