When you think of Troy Caupain some different things probably enter your mind. The big shot against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament to send the game into OT standouts out, or maybe it was the headband that he wore for less than a game that somehow had its own twitter account, or maybe you remember his presence on the floor. He was the clear leader on the team every time he took the floor.
Originally from Cosby HS in Midlothian, VA the 6’4″ Caupain came to UC as a 3-star recruit and left a 5-star General. Over his four year career Troy started 102 games, he also won 102 games as a Bearcat including going 30-6 his senior year.
In the red and black Caupain played with the emotion you love to see but was able to keep cool and let the game come to him. For his career he averaged just 1.6 turnovers a game. Add in the 1.1 steals a game and 3.8 assists per game and almost 4 rebounds a game you have a point guard that can do a little bit of everything, doing all he can to win games.
In recent memory Caupain played in some of biggest wins for the Cronin era Bearcats including an upset of #12 Louisville at the KFC Yum Center his freshmen year, a streak breaking win at #19 Iowa State and must win game over #24 Xavier in the Crosstown Shootout all in his senior year. No, we can’t forget this …
That ball seemed to hang on the rim for an eternity before finally falling and giving Bearcats fans a huge relief and the team 5 more minutes to get the win, sending the game to overtime tied at 59. The Bearcats went on to win that game and set up a huge match-up with #1 Kentucky.
Playing with guys like Sean Kilpatrick, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans III, and Jarron Cumberland he was never counted on to be the primary scorer. Still, he averaged just under 10 points a game for his career while making the All-Conference First Team in the AAC for the 2015-16 season. That season, his junior year, he averaged a team high 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.3 minutes.
Want more? Check the record books. Caupain finished as the only player in school history with more than 1,300 points and 500 assists, finishing with a school record 515 career assists. He had a career 2.33-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He averaged 29 minutes a game. That metric was a ridiculous 3.4-to-1 his senior year, it was good for fifth in the country. It was no coincidence that the Bearcats shot up to #11 in the AP poll by the first week of February that season.
Caupain played with a ferociousness that gave him a highlight reel of clutch shots when the Bearcats needed one the most. The fine line he walked as an emotional but cool-calm-collected leader on the floor made him a fan favorite and a constant on some really good Bearcats teams.
Caupain would go undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft but would spend time with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards while going back and forth to the G League. When he did get called up, nothing changed, he still played his game. Caupain is now playing overseas.