Vaughn Earns BIG EAST Player of the Week Honors

Jan. 14, 2008

CINCINNATI -- Sophomore guard Deonta Vaughn (Indianapolis, Ind./Arlington) was named the BIG EAST Conference's Player of the Week, the league office announced today. Vaughn, who was named to the BIG EAST's Honor Roll list last week, is the first Cincinnati player to earn the Player of the Week honors this season.

Vaughn joins former UC forward Eric Hicks as the only two Bearcats to earn the weekly award. Hicks earned honor the week of Jan. 9 during the 2005-06 season, Cincinnati's first in the BIG EAST Conference.

Vaughn led the Bearcats offensively last week as they swept a pair of league games at home vs. Syracuse, 74-66, and No. 19/17 Villanova, 69-66. He accounted for 37.7 percent of UC's points, posting 29 against Syracuse and 25 vs. Villanova. Vaughn ranks second in the BIG EAST in conference-only scoring, putting up 22.8 points per game.

Thanks to Vaughns' efforts, Cincinnati (8-8, 3-1 BIG EAST) is tied for second place in the conference heading into tomorrow night's BIG EAST tilt at Notre Dame (12-3, 2-1 BIG EAST). UC has won four of its last five games.