Cincinnati sophomore big man Gary Clark was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday, making it the second time in three years a Bearcat has won the award.
Clark is only player in the conference to rank in the top six in rebounds (8.9) , blocks (1.5) and steals (1.3). Clark is also top 30 in the nation in offensive rebounds a game (3.5).
He has a team-high seven double-doubles this season and has led the Bearcats in rebounding in 16 of 31 games. Clark averaged 13.1 points, 10 boards and 2 blocks a game in the month of February.
The other Bearcat to win the AAC Defensive Player of the Year award was Justin Jackson in 2013-14, UC’s inaugural season in the Conference.
Cincinnati opens the conference tournament Friday at 2 p.m. against UConn in Orlando, FL.