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Cincinnati's Ian Happ Named AAC Player of the Year

Cincinnati Bearcats outfielder Ian Happ concluded an incredible junior season with Conference Player of the Year honors and an All-AAC First Team distinction.

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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.

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).

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.