UC Men's Basketball Closes Year with Awards Banquet

April 7, 2009


CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team concluded the 2008-09 season with its annual Awards Banquet on campus in the Great Hall at the Tangeman University Center. Junior guard Deonta Vaughn earned three of the team awards, including the Oscar Robertson Award.


Vaughn, the Bearcats' leading scorer, took home the Oscar Robertson Award as well as the team's free-throw percentage and assists honors. Vaughn was recognized for being named to the All-BIG EAST Conference Third Team and becoming the first UC basketball player to earn all-BIG EAST honors in consecutive seasons. One of the highlights of the evening, Vaughn was presented the Oscar Robertson Award for his dedication and commitment as well as on-court accomplishments. This season, Vaughn made program history becoming the first player to lead the team in assists three consecutive seasons.


Freshman forward/center Yancy Gates picked up the team’s Rebounding Award after averaging 6.1 boards per game. His efforts helped the Bearcats to finish fifth in BIG EAST Conference games with a +3.7 rebounding margin.

Sophomore guard/forward Rashad Bishop, who played the central cog in the Bearcats defense, was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Bishop, who averaged over 27 minutes a night, led Cincinnati with 1.2 steals per game and finished tied for third on the team in rebounding and was fourth in defensive rebounding.




An award unveiled last season during the banquet, the Bearcats Award is given to the player who exhibits the right attitude on and off the court with his work ethic, competitiveness, and leadership. This season’s Bearcats Award was given to senior Branden Miller. A Cincinnati native, Miller spent four years at UC becoming one of the leaders of the team. The first four-year player in the Mick Cronin era, Miller saw action in 60 games over his career. Miller has balanced his time on the court and in the classroom and he will graduate from the University this June with a degree in finance from the college of business.


The team finished the 2008-09 year with a record of 18-14, its first winning season under third-year head coach Mick Cronin.