Oregon junior Dillon Brooks was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-7 forward leads the Ducks with 16.3 points per game while taking them into the Final Four against top-seeded North Carolina on Saturday night in Glendale, Ariz. Brooks, who averages 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists, was the Pac-12 player of the year.
Brooks is shooting 49.6 percent from the field, including 41.0 on three-pointers, while ranking fourth on the team with 36 steals. He also has 15 blocked shots.
UCLA’s Lonzo Ball made the first team along with Frank Mason III of Kansas, Josh Hart of Villanova, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Justin Jackson of North Carolina.
Mason averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from three-point range in being the only unanimous selection to the first team.
Mason, whose Kansas team lost to Oregon in the Midwest Regional final, is the first All-American from Kansas since Thomas Robinson in 2012.
Brooks was joined on the second team by Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga, Luke Kennard of Duke, Malik Monk of Kentucky and Johnathan Motley of Baylor.
The third team included freshmen Josh Jackson of Kansas, Markelle Fultz of Washington and Lauri Markkanen of Arizona, junior Bonzie Colson of Notre Dame and sophomore Ethan Happ of Wisconsin.
It is the latest honor for Brooks, who was named to the 10-player Wooden All-American team on Monday. He was a second-team selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Friday.
He has earned consensus All-American honors along with Ball, giving the Pac-12 two players to earn that honor for the first time since 2006.
Voting was based on the regular season and conference tournaments.
Plum — AP women’s basketball All-American
NEW YORK — Kelsey Plum left quite the mark at Washington.
Now the senior guard, who became the NCAA’s all-time career leading scorer this season, is the first from the school to earn Associated Press All-America honors.
“It is really special. I started out the season and remembered last year I was on the third team and I felt like I could have been better,” Plum said. “So going into the offseason, working out I felt I could step up my play to another level.”
She did just that, averaging 31.7 points for the Huskies while shooting 53 percent from the field.
“That’s the type of player she is,” Washington coach Mike Neighbors said. “She came in with a desire to be a great player and after a period of time to be recognized as one of the greats is awesome.”
Plum received all 33 votes from a national media panel Monday that chooses the Top 25 each week. She is joined on the All-America team by South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson, Maryland’s Brionna Jones and UConn’s Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson. Voting was done before the NCAA Tournament.
It’s the second straight year that Wilson earned first-team honors. She averaged 17.6 points and 7.6 rebounds for the Gamecocks.
“It’s really such a blessing to be recognized, just a blessing,” Wilson said. “Every time we’re on the court, I feel like I’m doing the same things I’ve been doing, trying to be efficient and going out there to help my team get a win.”
Samuelson and Collier’s play this season has impressed their coach as the two sophomores really developed this year and were key reasons the Huskies are still unbeaten. Samuelson averaged 21 points a game, just a tad more than Collier’s 20.2.
“It’s not like, freshman year they did this, sophomore year they did this, junior year they were second team and now as seniors they finally broke through,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.
This marked the fourth consecutive year that UConn had at least one All-American. Huskies junior Gabby Williams earned second team honors.
Joining Williams on the second team were Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell, Notre Dame’s Brianna Turner, Washington’s Chantel Osahor and Syracuse’s Alexis Peterson.
The third team includes Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese, Notre Dame’s Lindsay Allen, Maryland’s Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Duke’s Lexie Brown and Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians.