Postseason

Charlotte's Octavia Jett-Wilson drives to the basket. 

It's been a crazy year for basketball fans, but with the regular season coming to a close, the Conference USA announced the honors for the 2020-21 All-Conference teams and superlative awards.

Charlotte made their presence known on these lists as the women's basketball team had five different players across multiple honors while the men's had a player on the first-team all-conference for the first time in 15 years.

Women's Basketball

All-Conference USA First Team

Octavia Jett-Wilson and Jada McMillian highlight Charlotte's honors as they were both voted All-Conference USA First Team. This is the first all-conference team honor for both players and the first time Charlotte had two players on the list since 2005-06.

It was a career year for Jett-Wilson, who received national recognition for her performances against Old Dominion. In the two-game series, she led the team to back-to-back overtime victories behind her best day as a 49er with 42 points and 14 rebounds. She scored 34 points in the second game of the series that led to a seven-point overtime win.

The senior guard led the team in scoring at 21.1 points per game. During the conference games, she scored a career-high 42 points twice, with one of those performances happening in the season finale to set a Halton Arena record.

Before the season started, Mariah Linney was selected on the Preseason All-Conference USA Team. Despite that, Jett-Wilson took on a leadership role and became the best scorer on the team this season.

"In your senior year, being able to play at the level that she has, which is to be recognized as one of the best players in the league when she wasn't on anybody's radar to do that," said Head Coach Cara Consuegra.

McMillian finished second on the team in scoring at 16.4 per game while also leading the team in assisting with 85 in just 17 games.

McMillian shined in the series against UAB, where she scored a career-best 32 points and followed that up with her first career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

All-Conference USA Defensive Team

McMillian continued to impress in her second year as a starter. In addition to the first-team all-conference, McMillian was one of the five players named to the All-Conference USA Defensive Team. This honor for McMillian marks the fifth consecutive year a 49er has made the list. 

McMillian was often tasked with guarding the opposing team's best guards, led the team with 23 steals, and helped hold Iggy Allen to just 17 points on 6-for-17 shooting in the season finale.

All-Conference USA Freshman Team

The future is bright for Coach Consuegra and her team, as Jacee Busick and Molina Williams were named a part of the All-Conference USA Freshman Team.

Busick, who has been a recipient of the Freshman of the Week three times this season, started all 19 games and made the third-most three-pointers on the team. She puts up seven points and four rebounds per game and will help her team in the conference tournament this week.

Williams had a great freshman season coming off the bench for Charlotte. Although not being the high-scoring option, the freshman forward pulled down a team-high 121 rebounds and averaged just over eight boards per game in conference games.

Williams' highlights this season came against Old Dominion as well, pulling down a season-high 17 rebounds in game one and a ten-point, ten-rebound double-double in the second game.

Sixth Player of the Year

On Tuesday, Jazmin Harris was awarded the Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year. This honor goes to the best player coming off the bench, and Harris proved useful in this role. The third-year center averaged 10.3 points on 45% shooting and added 6.5 rebounds per game.

Harris' performances off the bench included three double-doubles, plus a 20-point, 10-rebound game against Middle Tennessee. Harris nearly had a triple-double outing against Western Kentucky when she scored 13 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and had a career-high seven blocks.

When available, Harris can dominate the low block and wreak havoc on the defensive end.

Men's Basketball

All-Conference USA First Team

 

The men's team didn't perform nearly as well this year, but that didn't stop Jahmir Young from having a great season as he was listed on the All-Conference USA First Team. This is the first time a men's basketball player had made a list since the 2005-06 season when Charlotte was in the Atlantic 10 Conference. 

Young, who was the recipient of the C-USA Freshman of the Year last season, continues his excellence on the court, averaging the fourth-most points in the coverage 18 per game. The sophomore guard is second on the team in rebounds and assists per game. 

Young's best performances came in December and January when he averaged over 20 points and six rebounds, including his first double-double in the win over FIU.

The men's team ended their season on Wednesday with a loss to UTSA, while the women's team lost to Old Dominion in two overtimes.  

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