SMU's Nic Moore, lead guard on the No. 1 Mustangs, beat out UConn's Ryan Boatright for Player of the Year. Temple's Fran Dunphy was named Coach of the Year while UCOnn's walk-on turned scholarship athlete Pat Lenehan was named Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Hamilton was chosen as The American's top newcomer after he averaged 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in the regular season for the Huskies, emerging as one of the conference's most versatile players. The Preseason American Rookie of the Year lived up to his billing by starting all 30 games and leading the team in rebounding while ranking second in scoring. He enters the postseason ranked second in The American in rebounding and ninth in assists, finishing the regular season as the only player in the conference's top 10 in both categories.
UConn's Lenehan received a scholarship this year after coming to the team as a walk-on. the Cheshire native was chosen as the Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year after he was named a UConn Babbidge Scholar, a University Scholar, the recipient of the Dortch Scholarship in Biology and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Lenehan, who holds a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a molecular and cell biology major, has been accepted to a number of prestigious medical schools, including those at Harvard, Columbia, Duke and Johns Hopkins.
Moore averaged 14.4 points per game and was second in assists at 5.3 per game for the Mustangs. Moore, who was a Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy top-50 watch list selection, has averaged 12.6 points and 4.6 assists per game in his career. Beyond his individual statistics, Moore has led SMU, which is ranked No. 20 in the week's Associated Press poll, to the outright regular-season conference championship in 2015 and the most conference wins in a two-year span (27) in school history.