Austin Claunch And Jake Davis Earn Basketball All-Region Honors
Emory University senior Austin Claunch (Cypress, TX) and sophomore Jake Davis (Cincinnati, OH), two key cogs on the 2011-12 Eagles' basketball team, have been recognized for their stellar play this season, earning all-region honors as selected by a pair of different organizations.
The 5-foot-9 Claunch guard landed a spot on D3hoops.com All-South Region Second Team along with a berth on the National Basketball Coaches Association All-South Region Second Team. It marks the second straight year that he has captured all-region recognition by both groups and he is just one of three Emory players in school history who have been recognized by the NABC for all-region acclaim, joining Tim Garrett (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990) and Spiros Ferderigos (2008). A three-time All-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team selection during his career, Claunch ranked among the top 10 University Athletic Association players in seven different categories and was first in assists with a 7.2 per-game effort (4th nationally through Mar. 11), assist/turnover ratio (2.9, 11th nationally) and minutes (35.0 mpg). He totaled 180 assists during the campaign, the second-highest mark in school history, and doled out 10 or more assists in four contests including a school-record 13 against Chicago (Feb. 3). The school's all-time leader with 580 assists, he closed out his career in fifth place on the school's all-time ladder with 1,292 points and chalked up double-figure scoring in 24 outings in 2011-12 en route to ranking fourth on the league's leader board in scoring (17.8 ppg).
Davis, a 6-foot-5 forward, was tabbed to D3hoops.com All-South Region Third Team following an outstanding campaign that saw him score in double figures in all 25 games en route to posting a team-high scoring average of 19.0 points-per game, good for third place on the UAA scoring ladder. Davis also finished the year as the squad's top rebounder with his 7.0 per-game showing tying for the No. 3 spot on the conference chart. The team's top point producer in 11 games, Davis posted a league-high seven double-doubles. All totaled, he ended the season ranked among the 10 UAA performers in eight categories. His total of 475 points tied him as the school's second-most prolific sophomore scorer.
Emory ended the year with an overall slate of 19-6, the program's third consecutive winning season -- just the second time in school history that it had accomplished such a streak.