Forbes named Preseason All-AAC as Tulane tabbed ninth
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University men’s basketball sophomore guard Jaylen Forbes was recognized by the American Athletic Conference on Wednesday, as he was selected to the league’s preseason all-conference team.
As a team, Tulane was picked to finish the preseason tied for ninth.
Forbes received the preseason honor after he finished the 2020-21 season averaging a team-leading 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds to go with 1.3 steals per game while making 56 shots beyond the 3-point arc at a 36-percent clip. The Florence, Mississippi, native ranked finished the regular season first in The American in minutes per game (36.1), fourth in 3-pointers made, fifth in scoring and seventh in steals per contest. Additionally, he shot 100-of-121 (.826) at the free throw line.
After transferring to Tulane following one season at the University of Alabama, Forbes was the Green Wave’s leading scorer 14 times while reaching double-figures in 18 of the team’s 21 contests. He has tallied at least 20 points on seven occasions and eclipsed 30 points twice.
In his top performance of the season, Forbes scored a career-high 37 points and made seven consecutive straight treys at Cincinnati on Feb. 26. Those 37 were the most by a Tulane player in a regulation game since 1997, and his seven threes tied for the second most in a game in program history.
Forbes was Tulane’s first all-conference selection since Melvin Frazier Jr., earned a spot on the second team in 2018.
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2021-22 American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll and Honors
1 Houston (8) 98
2 Memphis (3) 92
3 SMU 77
4 Wichita State 76
5 UCF 66
6 Cincinnati 52
7 Tulsa 43
8 Temple 37
T-9 South Florida 25
T-9 Tulane 25
11 East Carolina 14
First-place votes in parenthesis.
Preseason Player of the Year
Tyson Etienne, Wichita State
Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jalen Duren, Memphis
Preseason All-Conference First Team
Marcus Sasser, Jr., G, Houston
Jalen Duren, Fr., C, Memphis
Landers Nolley II, R-Jr., G, Memphis
Kendric Davis, Sr., G, SMU*
Tyson Etienne, So., G, Wichita State*
Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Brandon Mahan, Gr., G, UCF
Emoni Bates, Fr., F, Memphis
Deandre Williams, Sr., F, Memphis
Jeremiah Davenport, Jr., G, Cincinnati
Jaylen Forbes, So., G, Tulane
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