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McDermott Headlines AP All-America Team; American Conference Puts 3 Players on 1st team
Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for The Associated Press All-America team on Monday and is the first three-time choice in 29 years and the 11th player overall.
The American Athletic Conference became the first conference since the ACC in 2001-2 to put three players on the first team in UConn’s Shabazz Napier, Cincinnati’s Sean Kilpatrick and Louisville’s Russ Smith. Two of them — Kilpatrick and Smith — are from New York.
“It’s going to be a great conference going forward and we’re so proud to be a part of it,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie, whose team will represent the American in the Final Four.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker was the final player on the first team.
The second team included Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, while the third team included New York native Cleanthony Early of Wichita State, New Jersey native Kyle Anderson of UCLA and Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.
AP First-team All-Americans:
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Jabari Parker, Duke
Russ Smith, Louisville
Shabazz Napier, UConn
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
AP Second-team All-America:
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Melvin Ejim, Iowa St
TJ Warren, N.C. State
AP Third-team All-America:
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Julius Randle, Kentucky
CJ Fair, Syracuse
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
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