According to the American Athletic Conference, Cincinnati Bearcats outfielder Ian Happ has been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the conference in batting average (.366), slugging percentage (.681), on-base percentage (.490), total bases (130) and walks (47). Happ was chosen as Conference Player of the Year by the league's eight coaches.
Ian Happ named @American_BSB Player of the Year! He leads the conference in AVG, OBP, SLG, total bases and walks. pic.twitter.com/nQ879YkaDY— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) May 18, 2015
Happ also was named to the All-Conference First Team as an unanimous selection, capping off an incredible season for the junior. In addition to leading the AAC in most batting categories, Happ ranked third during the regular season with 14 home runs, fifth in runs scored (45) and seventh in hits (70).
Here's a look at our All-Conference First Team http://t.co/h2PjFAd4Oy pic.twitter.com/uKtMh0DSLd— American Baseball (@American_BSB) May 18, 2015
Happ joins Josh Harrison and Chris Holt as the only Bearcats to win Conference Player of the Year honors since 1985, according to GoBearcats.com. Harrison won when the Bearcats were a member of the Big East in 2008 and Holt won in 1995 when Cincinnati was in the Great Midwest Conference.
Happ has some decisions to make as he is widely considered a possible first-round pick if he declares for the MLB draft. In the meantime, Cincinnati enters the AAC Tournament tomorrow, May 19, when they face off with the number one seed in the tournament, Houston.