IRVING, Texas – Marshall guard Jon Elmore, a junior (for now) from Charleston, W.Va., and senior forward Ryan Taylor of Indianapolis, Ind., were honored Monday by the Conference USA men’s basketball coaches and media in the league’s postseason awards. Elmore was named First-Team All-Conference USA, while Taylor was named to the Conference USA Third-Team.
“This season, Jon and Ryan have been incredibly important to us,” Herd Head Coach Dan D’Antoni said. “Jon is the league’s top scorer and leads the league in assists for a reason, while Ryan has been our leader the entire season and has impacted the program and team in so many ways. I’m proud of them and they deserve this honor.”
Elmore and Taylor are the first Herd duo to be named on C-USA teams since DeAndre Kane and Damier Pitts in 2012. Elmore joins James Kelly (2015-16) as the program’s only players to be on the first team. This is Taylor’s third all-conference honor, following being honored on the third team in 2015 and was named to the All-Freshman team in C-USA in 2014 while Elmore was first team and All-Academic team in 2017.
Elmore finished the regular season leading the league in points (20.3) and assists (6.1). His seven games with 10 assists or more also top the league. He finished fourth in free throw percentage (80.9 percent), 13th in steals (1.2 per game), seventh in made 3-pointers (71) and fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.9). He earned C-USA Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 12 and was named to the league’s All-Academic Team last week along with senior teammate Austin Loop.
His 629 points this season are good for No. 11 in program history in a single season. Elmore has gone over the 1,000-point barrier in just 56 games in his first two seasons at Marshall (1,010) and hopes to get a year back from VMI, where he transferred from after withdrawing from Virginia Military Institute so he could care for his grandfather until he passed away three years ago.
His 190 assists are tied for No. 7 in school history with Sam Henry (1981-82) and Mike D’Antoni (1970-71), the younger brother of Dan and current head coach of the Houston Rockets in the NBA. His 335 assists in his short career have Elmore at No. 12 in MU history — again, in just 56 games. His career average is 5.98, good enough for fourth in C-USA history.
He is already No. 14 in 3-pointers made (132) and No. 12 in three attempts (379) for a career three average of 34.8%, just out of the top 23 where Corny Jackson sits with 107-301, 35.5%. He is No. 31 in free point shots attempted (342) and made he is No. 26 (276), with a shooting percentage of 80.7%, good for No. 8 all-time on free throws. He is also already No. 16 in steals with just 57, or one per game in his career.
Taylor finished the regular season with 12 double-doubles (No. 3 in the league) and his 39 career double-doubles lead the league and Marshall all-time. His 14.5 points are No. 14 in the league and his 8.7 rebounds are good for fifth. His 44 blocked shots are a team-high and are No. 4 in C-USA.
Earlier this season, Taylor earned C-USA Player of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 9 and became the school and conference’s first ever Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.
Taylor is No. 4 in games played (124) and will tie Skip Henderson for third after the start of Wednesday C-USA Tourney game vs. FAU. He is No. 7 in points (1,737), and tied for No. 12 in C-USA all-time; No. 11 in career field goals made (603) and attempted (1,232); No. 4 in rebounds (961) and tied for No. 7 with Memphis’ Robert Dozier in C-USA rebounds in a career; and his field goal percentage is 48.9%, No. 19 in MU history.
Taylor has 87 3-pointers made, No. 27 in MU history, and his 295 attempts are No. 22 in a career. He is 444-of-639 on free throws (No. 5-and-No. 2, respectively) while his 69.4% is right behind Tyler Wilkerson (70.1%) at No. 35 in a MU career. Taylor has 288 assists (No. 15, passing John Taft on Sat.), 116 blocks (No. 7), and 107 steals (tied for No. 20 with AW Hamilton, the coach at Hargrave Military Academy, where Taylor prepped).
The Thundering Herd (17-14, 10-8) will be the six seed in this week’s Conference USA Tournament (Birmingham, Ala.) and will face off with 11th-seed Florida Atlantic (10-19, 6-12) Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT in Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The game can be viewed on Campus Insiders (campusinsiders.com).
Air time is 7:30 p.m. on Marshall flagship stations ESPN Huntington 94.1 FM and AM 930 and 93.7 The Dawg, followed by Steve Cotton with the network pre-game and call of the game on the Thundering Herd/IMG Network, which can also be followed on the TuneIn app.
2016-17 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Erik McCree, Louisiana Tech, Sr., F, 6-8. 225, Orlando, Florida
Jon Elmore, Marshall, Jr., G, 6-3, 189, Charleston, West Virginia (2nd award, also All-Academic this year)
JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee, Sr., F, 6-8, 220, Birmingham, Alabama
Marcus Evans, Rice, So., G, 6-2, 195, Chesapeake, Virginia
Egor Koulechov, Rice, R-Jr., G/F, 6-5, 210, Volgograd, Russia
2016-17 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Jon Davis, Charlotte, So., G, 6-3, 195, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Reggie Upshaw Jr., Middle Tennessee, Sr., F, 6-8, 228, Chattanooga, Tennessee
William Lee, UAB, Jr., F, 6-9, 210, Plantersville, Alabama
Dominic Artis, UTEP, Sr., G, 6-3, 190, San Francisco, California
Justin Johnson, WKU, Jr., F, 6-6, 240, Hazard, Kentucky
2016-17 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Jacobi Boykins, Louisiana Tech, Jr., G, 6-6, 175, St. Petersburg, Florida
Ryan Taylor, Marshall, Sr., F, 6-5, 249, Indianapolis, Indiana (3rd award in 3 seasons, third team 2015 and All-Freshman 2014)
Giddy Potts, Middle Tennessee, Jr., G, 6-2, 217, Athens, Alabama
Ahmad Caver, Old Dominion, So., G, 6-2, 170, Atlanta, Georgia
Omega Harris, UTEP, Jr., G, 6-3, 165, Bethany, Oklahoma