left are file photos showing college basketball
players Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky; Jerian Grant,
Notre Dame; Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Jahlil Okafor,
Duke and D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State. Cauley-Stein,
Grant, Kaminsky, Okafor and Russell were selected to
the AP All-America team, Monday, March 30, 2015.
Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can
be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in
common — both are in the Final Four and both were the
top selections on The Associated Press' 2014-15
the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice
Monday. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all
but one first-team vote.
Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein
and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell rounded out the
worked his to the top by improving through four seasons in
college. Okafor arrived with all the laurels out of high
school and immediate talk about leaving for the NBA.
to be overly patriotic, but we're an American story, that
you can do that in this kind of a system," Wisconsin
coach Bo Ryan said. "Sometimes where it looks like
the privileged, the ones that are identified as being
great players and can't-miss-type guys, where there can
always come that guy from behind in the race and then
cross the tape first.
is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as
people noticing his abilities, but that's just a great
accomplishment on his part. ... He took advantage of a
chance and has made the most of it."
projected as a top pick in the NBA draft, led the Badgers
to their second straight Final Four berth, averaging 18.2
points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from
the field, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range.
He is one
of those big men as comfortable on the perimeter as in the
lane, and his outgoing personality has made him a media
cool to be named first team All-American. It's something
you dream of as a kid,'" Kaminsky said. "To
finally be able to do so, it's a good thing and it shows
how hard I've worked in my career. To be up there with
Alando Tucker is a pretty cool thing."
is Wisconsin's second All-America joining Tucker in 2007.
He is the second unanimous pick in as many years following
Doug McDermott of Creighton.
Duke's 16th first-team All-America and is the Blue Devils'
second freshman in as many years, with Jabari Parker being
chosen last season.
who received 64 first-team votes, averaged 17.7 points and
9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.9 percent, second in the
game has grown continuously and he's got a lot more growth
ahead of him," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
"The main thing for Jah is that he's gotten better as
the season's gone along."
Dame, Grant's career was in jeopardy last season when he
was suspended for the second semester for what he called
an academic mistake. The son of former NBA player Harvey
Grant star returned for his senior season and averaged
16.8 points and 6.6 assists while playing 36.6 minutes per
can't think of a better comeback story in college
basketball the last couple years than Jerian," Notre
Dame coach Mike Brey said. "When I told him you need
to come back because we have unfinished business, I didn't
know it would be this good and I am thrilled that it is
this good because I was nervous it wouldn't be this good.
He came back for all the right reasons."
who received 53 first-team votes and is Notre Dame's first
All-America since Troy Murphy repeated in 2001, said
receiving an honor like this makes his decision to return
that much sweeter.
great, especially with where I was last year," he
said. "The work I've put in, the guys having so much
confidence in me to welcome me back like that."
and his teammates are chasing history with an undefeated
season just two wins away. The 7-footer is the first
first-team All-America to average less than 10 points per
game. He averaged 9.3 points while grabbing 6.4 rebounds
and shooting 58.8 percent. He anchors Kentucky's stifling
in I felt like I was really overlooked and didn't know if
I really belonged but just worked and worked and worked
and eventually became a player that everybody looks at
like 'Dude, you're a freak athlete, you're a beast,'"
said Cauley-Stein, who received 45 first-team votes.
"You can do so many things that I never imagined even
happening and now it's coming together."
He is the
18th All-American from Kentucky and first since Anthony
Davis in 2012.
is another freshman who isn't expected to be back for a
second season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and
5.1 assists and received 51 first-team votes. Russell is
15th All-American from Ohio State and the first since
Jared Sullinger repeated in 2012.
level that he sustained was the most impressive
thing," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. "The
other thing that I loved was that the mistakes early, he
learned from. He got better as the season went on. He
became a more complete player. We knew he was going to be
really good but just seeing his dedication to becoming a
great player was very, very impressive."
senior Delon Wright led the second team and was joined by
Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Northern Iowa senior
Seth Tuttle, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis and Virginia
junior Malcolm Brogdon.
team was Gonzaga teammates Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos,
Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, Syracuse senior Rakeem
Christmas and Iowa State junior Georges Niang.
voting, by the same 65-member media panel that selects the
weekly Top 25, was done before the NCAA Tournament.