USF men’s basketball guards Laquincy Rideau and David Collins were named to the third team all-conference by the AAC on Monday, the league announced. Redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna was also named to the all-freshman team as a unanimous pick.
Rideau averaged 12.9 PPG and 5.5 assists per game (first in The American) in his first season with the Bulls (he sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules). He recorded a USF single-season, and AAC record, 80 steals and his 2.9 steals per game led the conference was seventh nationally.
He scored in double figures 18 times, including a season-high 28 points at FIU. Rideau also recorded a triple-double in a January 12 game at Temple. His 18 points, 10 rebounds, and ten steals game was just the sixth occurrence in the NCAA in the last 20 years.
David Collins followed up his all-freshman campaign last year by again leading the team in scoring with 15.3 PPG. He scored at least ten points in 26 of 30 games and scored at least 20 points in ten games, including scoring over 20 points in four straight games.
Despite a low shooting percentage from the field, Collins had an uncanny knack for getting to the free throw line during the season, knocking down 170-of-234 attempts. His 170 made free throws is good for third all-time in school history for a single season.
Collins and Rideau are the first Bulls to be named to an all-conference team since the inception of The American in 2013-2014.
Yetna, who had to sit out last year due to the NCAA being the NCAA, burst onto the scene early by recording the first of his 11 double-doubles in just his fourth game against Georgetown (11 points, 17 rebounds).
His 11 double-doubles rank first in The American and he recorded more than six different AAC teams. He pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 14 games and averaged 9.6 RPG which was also good for first in the conference.
Yetna scored in double figures in 18 of the 27 games he played. He scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting in just 25 minutes earlier this year versus ECU.
The Bulls start their run to the AAC championship on Friday as the #8-seed when they face #9-seed UConn on Thursday at 1 p.m. inside the Fedex Forum in Memphis, Tenn.