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Lonzo Ball added one of the largest feathers in his cap on Monday, when he was named an Associated Press first team All-America. UCLA’s point guard is the only freshman on the team.
Kansas’ Frank Mason III won AP Player of the Year, an indication that the Jayhawks point guard may be Ball’s chief competition for the Wooden and Naismith Awards given to college basketball’s top player. Ball and Mason learned on Monday that they’re two of the five finalists for the Wooden Award with AP All-America first-teamers Josh Hart and Caleb Swanigan and second-teamer Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss. Ball and Mason are two of four finalists for the Naismith Award with Hart and Swanigan.
Ball added the Associated Press to many others who have named him a first team All-America, including USA Today, Sports Illustrated, The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, The Sporting News, Basketball Times and NBC Sports.
AP All-America Teams
G: Lonzo Ball, Freshman, UCLA (14.6 ppg, 7.6 apg, 6.0 rpg)
G: Frank Mason III, Senior, Kansas (20.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.1 rpg)
G: Josh Hart, Senior, Villanova (18.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg)
F: Justin Jackson, Junior, North Carolina (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg)
F: Caleb Swanigan, Sophomore, Purdue (18.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.1 apg) Continue reading “Lonzo Ball an AP All-America; Kansas’ Mason Player of the Year” »