Emory Men's Basketball Place Three On All-UAA Team
Three members of the 2011-12 Emory University men's basketball squad have been selected to the All-University Athletic Association Team. The all-league picks were chosen by the conference coaches.
Senior Austin Claunch (Cypress, TX) headlines the group with his third consecutive first-team selection. Sophomore Jake Davis (Cincinnati, OH) joins Claunch on the first team making the Eagles the only school to have a pair of first-team honorees. Rounding out the Emory representatives on this year's all-league squad is junior Alex Greven (Winston-Salem, NC), who captured a second-team berth.
The 5-foot-9 Claunch directed the high-powered Emory offense that scored a league-leading 84.1 points per game (17th nationally) from his point-guard position, averaging a UAA-best 7.2 assists per contest that also ranked No. 4 nationally among Division III players through the end of the regular season. One of the top all-around performers in the nation, Claunch finished among the top 10 UAA players in seven different statistical categories and was first in three. In addition to his assists average, he topped the loop in assist/turnover ratio (2.9, 12th nationally) and minutes (35.0 mpg). He was second on the club and fourth in the UAA in scoring (17.8 ppg) and either led or shared for the team's scoring lead on seven occasions. Named the UAA Player of the Week as well as landing a spot on D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Jan. 9, Claunch dished out 180 assists during the year, second most in school history, and closed out his career with the top three seasonal marks in that category. Career-wise, he became Emory's all-time leader in assists on Nov. 26 against LaGrange College, and totaled 580 during his tenure with the program. Claunch joins Tim Garrett (1988, '89, '90) and Chase Fawsett (2003, '04, '05) as the only Emory players to garner first-team honors three times.
After being tabbed as a second-team pick a year ago, the 6-foot-5 Davis turned in an outstanding year with his 19.0 per-game scoring average tops on the team and third on the UAA chart. He scored in double figures in all 25 games and totaled 11 outings of 20 or more points including a career-high 33-point performance against LaGrange (Nov. 26) that ranked as the high-water mark by an Emory player during the year and that also tied for the eighth-highest game mark in school history. Davis came through with a pair of game-winning buckets during the UAA portion of the season, converting a put-back at the buzzer in an 83-81 triumph over Rochester (Jan. 7) and a three-pointer with three ticks on that clock that snapped a 62-62 deadlock and gave the Eagles a 65-62 decision over Brandeis (Feb. 12). The team's top point producer in 11 games, Davis posted a league-high seven double-doubles. Davis ended the regular season ranked among the 10 UAA performers in eight categories including rebounding (4th, 7.0 rpg), field goal percentage (6th, .537), free throw percentage (5th, .873) and offensive rebounds (t-1st, 2.6).
Despite missing five games early in the year with an injury, Greven captured his second straight second-team nod, ending the season by playing in 20 contests, 18 as a starter. He ranked third on the team and 13th in the league in overall scoring (12.4 ppg) and tied for first in free throw shooting with an 89.1 percent (49-of-55) effort from the stripe. He tossed in 14.4 points per contest during league play, 11th on the UAA chart, and recorded 10 of his 11 double-figure scoring efforts in conference affairs, four of which were 20-point outings. He was tabbed as the UAA Player of the Week after averaging 26.5 points and shooting 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the floor in games at Carnegie Mellon and Case Western (Feb. 17 & 19).
Emory ended the year with an overall record of 19-6, marking the third-highest win total in school history. The Eagles' final victory total represented the third straight winning season, just the second time that had taken place in school history. In league play, Emory posted an 8-6 ledger, good for a third-place tie.