March 11, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. --- East Carolina senior Maurice Kemp has been named first-team All-Conference USA based on voting done by the C-USA head coaches and media members in each conference city. Fellow senior Miguel Paul received second team all-conference honors for the second-consecutive season.
Kemp is the first player in school history to be named first team All-Conference USA, while Paul is the first Pirate to be selected All-Conference USA in multiple seasons.
Kemp is league's second-leading scorer with an average of 18.4 points per game and ranks among the top 50 nationally. He averaged 18.8 points against C-USA opponents. Kemp also ranks among the C-USA top 10 in rebounding (7.7 rpg/7th), blocks (1.0/10th) and steals (1.7/7th). He was named C-USA Player of the Week Feb. 4 following a career-high 33-point performance at Rice. That tied a school record for most points against a C-USA opponent and was his second game with 30 points as he also tossed in 30 against Houston Jan. 16.
Kemp is just the seventh player in school history to score 500 points in a season. Through 29 games this year, he has tallied 535 points, fourth-highest single-season total at ECU.
Paul finished the regular ranked second in the conference in overall assists per game (6.9), while dishing out a league-best 8.2 helper per contest in conference games. Paul also ranked among the C-USA top 10 in free throw percentage (.885/4th), steals (1.59/8th) and assist/turnover ratio (1.89/3rd). He tied the school record for assists with 14 at UAB earlier this season and has distributed the second-most assists in a single-season at ECU, 185, this year.
ECU opens play at the 2013 Conference USA Basketball Championships against Tulsa, Thursday night at 9:30 EDT at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.