Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) has named Nik Stauskas a first-team All-American. This follows his being named second-team All-American by the Sporting News and being shut out of the USBWA All-America teams. He now has a very good chance of gaining second-team consensus All-American status, with just the AP left to name their choices (out of the four All-American honors used by the NCAA to determine consensus first- and second-team All-Americans).
Here's a rundown of Stauskas's postseason honors from the Michigan press release on this:
Nik Stauskas' 2013-14 Postseason Honors
• NABC All-America, first team
• Sporting News All-America, second team
• USA Today All-America, third team
• Big Ten Player of the Year
» Big Ten Coaches
» Big Ten Media
• All-Big Ten, first team
» Big Ten Coaches (only unanimous selection)
» Big Ten Media (only unanimous selection)
• USBWA District V Player of the Year
• USBWA All-District V Team
• NABC All-District, first team
Corrected consensus All-American info: The consensus picks are determined by assigning 3 points for first team, 2 for second, and 1 for third (if there is one). The top five plus ties are named consensus first team; the next five plus ties are second team. Here's what the standings look like, with the AP picks still to come:
9 - Nick Johnson, Arizona
9 - Doug McDermott, Creighton
9 - Jabari Parker, Duke
8 - Shabazz Napier, UConn
8 - Russ Smith, Louisville
7 - Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
6 - Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
5 - Nik Stauskas, Michigan
4 - Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
4 - C.J. Fair, Syracuse
3 - T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
2 - Melvin Ejim, Iowa State
2 - Marcus Paige, North Carolina
2 - Fred VanVleet, Wichita State
2 - Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
It appears that the only way that Stauskas would not be a consensus second-team All-American would be for Early, Fair, and Warren all to pass him, which seems highly unlikely as Warren would have to be named first team by the AP.
Here's the list of Michigan's consensus second-team All-Americans:
- Cazzie Russell - 1964
- Bill Buntin - 1965
- Henry Wilmore - 1972
- Campy Russell - 1974
- Phil Hubbard - 1977
- Glen Rice - 1989
- Rumeal Robinson - 1990
- Jalen Rose - 1994
The Sporting News teams are one of the four used by the NCAA in determining consensus basketball All-Americans (AP, NABC, and USBWA are the other three). Nik Stauskas was today named to SN's second team for 2013-14. No other Big Ten player was among the 15 selected to the first, second, and third teams.
Every player on this list, save for the freshmen, made incremental improvements from season to season in order to wind up as an All-American. More than anyone else, Stauskas redefined his game. As a freshman he primarily was a catch-and-shoot weapon for the Wolverines in their charge to the 2013 NCAA championship game. He became a ballhandler in his second season, attacking defenders with his newly unleashed ability to dribble the ball and penetrate the lane. His assists total nearly doubled (52 to 99) and his free throw attempts did, too (87 to 164). His 25-point, 5-assist performance against Michigan State on Feb. 23 helped send the Wolverines in the direction of a Big Ten regular-season title.
SI releases it's
All-SEC errr... All-American teams. 3 B1G players on first team (Ball, Wagner, Short) and three on second team (T. Gholston, Burkhead, and Wisc OL Frederick). Lewan not featured on first or second teams.
Alabama places 3 OL on first or second team.
I posted this in comments on one of Brian's articles but thought I would start a thread on it.
It's great that Graham and Mesko made 2nd team AA on AP, but did anyone else think the SEC and Big 12 were over represented? Without getting into individual selections, the two conferences combined for 18 of the 25 spots on the first team. The ACC (2), Pac-10 (1), Big 10 (1) and Big East combined for four spots. TCU, Idaho and Notre Dame claimed the other three spots. Somewhere in the recent past (is this the first year?) the AP switched its selection process from basically all the sportswriters at papers and broadcast stations that are part of the AP, which is hundreds of voters (I even got to vote when I wrote for the Daily back in the day) to one with a committee of about 15-20 selectors. This move seems like a bad one to me, based on these results.
Here is a link to the AP team