All-America team announced: Frank Mason III of Kansas is unanimously selected to The Associated Press’ top five players
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.
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.
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.
Hall of Famer Lynette Woodard was named Winthrop’s coach.