All-Amer­ica team an­nounced: Frank Ma­son III of Kansas is unan­i­mously se­lected to The As­so­ci­ated Press’ top five play­ers

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Frank Ma­son III of Kansas was unan­i­mously se­lected to the 2016-17 AP Al­lAmer­ica team Tuesday.

Ma­son av­er­aged 20.8 points and 5.1 as­sists this sea­son and re­ceived all first-team votes from the 65-mem­ber na­tional me­dia panel that se­lects the weekly AP Top 25.

Join­ing Ma­son on the first team on Tuesday were fel­low se­nior Josh Hart of Vil­lanova, sopho­more Caleb Swani­gan of Pur­due, fresh­man Lonzo Ball of UCLA and ju­nior Justin Jackson of North Carolina.

Hart, who av­er­aged 18.9 points and 6.5 re­bounds, re­ceived 62 first-team votes.

Swani­gan led the na­tion with 26 dou­ble-dou­bles and was the only Divi­sion I player to av­er­age 18 points and 12 re­bounds this sea­son. He was on 61 first­team bal­lots.

Ball re­ceived 54 first­team votes. He av­er­aged 14.6 points and 7.9 as­sists and has al­ready an­nounced plans to en­ter the NBA draft.

Jackson helped the Tar Heels reach the Fi­nal Four, av­er­ag­ing 18.1 points. He was on 24 first-team bal­lots.

Votes were based on the reg­u­lar sea­son and con­fer­ence tour­na­ments.

Smith de­clares for draft

B raleigh, n.c.» North Carolina State fresh­man Den­nis Smith Jr. is head­ing to the NBA.

The point guard de­clared for the draft dur­ing a Tuesday morn­ing an­nounce­ment on ESPN. The move was no sur­prise since Smith was con­sid­ered a likely one-and-done prospect this sea­son and is pro­jected to be a po­ten­tial top-five pick.

• Xavier point guard Ed­mond Sum­ner an­nounced that he is en­ter­ing the NBA draft even though he’s still re­cov­er­ing from a sig­nif­i­cant knee in­jury.

• Duke for­ward Harry Giles is en­ter­ing the NBA draft fol­low­ing a fresh­man sea­son that was slowed due to knee surgery.

Foot­notes.

Quin­nip­iac on Tuesday hired Vil­lanova as­so­ciate head coach Baker Dun­leavy to be its new head coach. … Long­time Akron coach Keith Dam­brot is head­ing to Duquesne. … Duke said backup for­ward Sean Obi is trans­fer­ring af­ter the se­mes­ter ends. … Bay­lor ju­nior guard Al Freeman plans to trans­fer af­ter grad­u­at­ing at the end of the spring se­mes­ter. … UConn fresh­man Vance Jackson said he plans to trans­fer, the sec­ond player in a week to leave Kevin Ol­lie’s pro­gram.

Women

The list of fi­nal­ists for the John R. Wooden Award as player of the year was nar­rowed to five play­ers, in­clud­ing two sopho­mores from un­de­feated and topranked Con­necti­cut.

Katie Lou Sa­muel­son, who leads UConn in scor­ing at 20.7 points per game, and Napheesa Col­lier, av­er­ag­ing 20.3 points and nine re­bounds, have led the Huskies to a 35-0 record this sea­son. UConn, seek­ing its fifth straight na­tional cham­pi­onship, routed Ore­gon in the Elite Eight on Mon­day night and has a 111-game win streak.

South Carolina’s A’ja Wil­son, Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell round out the fi­nal­ists.

Foot­note.

Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard was named Winthrop’s coach.

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