Tulane guard Louis Dabney was named to the American Athletic Conference second team by the league’s coaches Tuesday.
Dabney, a junior from New Orleans, leads the Green Wave with 13.7 points per game and in field goals (130), free throws (91) and free-throw percentage (.784). After an extended shooting slump in conference play, he broke out with a career-high 32 points against Tulsa on Feb. 25 and followed with 18- and 15-point outings against Cincinnati and Houston.
His scoring average in conference games (14.4.) is the seventh-highest total in the league.
“It’s great for our program and for Lou,” Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. “He brings such a competitiveness every day. It’s fun to see someone’s hard work like that pay off.”
Dabney earned a spot on the AAC honor roll in three weeks: Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and March 2. He scored in double figures in 21 out of 30 games.
Dabney was the only player on either the first or second team whose team finished with a losing record in conference play. League champion SMU had one first-team and two second-team selections. Runner-up Tulsa had one player on each of the teams.
Tulane (15-15, 6-12 AAC) is the No. 7 seed in the league tournament, opening against No. 10 seed Houston at 5 p.m. Thursday in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dabney said he was thankful for his individual honor but preferred focusing on the tournament. Tulane won for only the second time in its past 12 games Saturday, beating South Florida 67-63 even though Dabney went 2-for-11 from the field.
He was more than happy to relinquish the spotlight and get a victory.
“I just felt real good about the whole situation that everybody got their shot to fall as a team,” he said. “We will build off of that game.”