AP All-American Teams, and Honorable Mentions - Zero Michigan Players

Submitted by MGoVictory on March 27th, 2018 at 3:50 PM

3 freshmen headline AP All-America team for first time

61 total players, including 46 honorable mentions. Clayton Custer of Loyola of Chicago is an honorable mention player.

First Team

Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Deandre Ayton, Arizona
Trae Young, Oklahoma
Marvin Bagley III, Duke
Devonte’ Graham, Kansas

Second Team

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Jevon Carter, West Virginia

Third Team

Keenan Evans, Texas Tech
Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Mikal Bridges, Villanova,
Luke Maye, North Carolina
Kyle Guy, Virginia

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order)

Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
Peyton Aldridge, Davidson
Grayson Allen, Duke
Mo Bamba, Texas
Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington
Desonta Bradford, ETSU
Tony Carr, Penn State
Gary Clark, Cincinnati
Xavier Cooks, Winthrop
Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius
Clayton Custer, Loyola of Chicago
Mike Daum, South Dakota State
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Kahlil Dukes, Niagara
Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Toledo
Marcus Foster, Creighton
Brandon Goodwin, Florida Gulf Coast
Isaac Haas, Purdue
Aaron Holiday, UCLA
Jordan Howard, Central Arkansas
Jemerrio Jones, New Mexico State
Nick King, Middle Tennessee
Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Fletcher Magee, Wofford
Caleb Martin, Nevada
Kelan Martin, Butler
Yante Maten, Georgia
Martaveous McKnight, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Kendrick Nunn, Oakland
Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s
Jerome Robinson, Boston College
Junior Robinson, Mount St. Mary’s
Collin Sexton, Alabama
Landry Shamet, Wichita State
T.J. Shorts II, UC Davis
D’Marcus Simonds, Georgia State
Jonathan Stark, Murray State
Brandon Tabb, Bethune-Cookman
Zach Thomas, Bucknell
Seth Towns, Harvard
Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Grant Williams, Tennessee
Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga
Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra



March 27th, 2018 at 4:03 PM ^

People base these things on stats.


MAAR:  12.8 PPG, 3.3 APG, 3.9 RPG
Mo: 14.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG


Are those All-American type stats?  I love those guys, but this team spreads the wealth so much that no one puts up stand-out numbers.  Almost no one factors in things like defense into All-American discussions unless you have a crazy number of steals or blocks.



March 27th, 2018 at 4:06 PM ^

As mentioned above, Clayton Custer, just as an example, was an honorable mention. He plays for Loyola of Chicago, out of the Missouri Valley conference.

His stats?

13.2 PPG, 4.2 APG, 2.2 RPG

He also missed 5 games this year.



March 27th, 2018 at 4:52 PM ^

Custer was his conference's player of the year, and conference players of the year are automatically All-Americans. That isn't an apples-to-apples comparison. Mo had a solid season, but solid season isn't All-American worthy. Mo isn't as much in the top 10 in his own conference in any major statistical category, and he doesn't supplement that lack of statistical dominance with great defense. If obvious talent was a criterion, future top 10 pick and criminally underused Jaren Jackson would qualify.

As an aside, Grayson Allen also has no business on the list.


March 27th, 2018 at 5:11 PM ^

I think Bridges in many respects is the opposite of Mo in that his impact on the game is far smaller than his stats would indicate. You watch him play, and you never get the impression you're watching one of the 10 best players in college. Mo, while not having great stats, creates a ton of space on offense just because opposing big men have to respect him as a shooter.

Indy Pete - Go Blue

March 27th, 2018 at 5:02 PM ^

Matthews will likely test the waters, but will almost certainly come back.  Mo is not a 1st rounder on any draft boards.  He will have the chance to play in Europe or a 2nd round pick, his situation is very unclear.  I would not be shocked if he wants to come to Michigan for 1 more year - not counting on it, but would not be shocked.


March 27th, 2018 at 5:08 PM ^

Probably is the second half of the second round. I’m not sure there’s too much he can do to help his draft stock at this point, so whether he wants to come out this year or next is up to him. In either case I think he’ll wind up in Europe for a couple of seasons before signing an NBA deal.

The best argument for staying in school one more year to improve draft status is the 2019 draft class looks very shallow, so that could push his draft status a little higher than it otherwise might be. But right now his defense is unplayable at the NBA level, so I think teams would like to stash him somewhere to keep working on that if drafted.

Matthews I’d definitely expect back for next season, although if we win the title he might at least dip his toe in the water. If he improves his handle and from the line, he could definitely be a 1st-rounder. His NBA game reminds me of a poor man’s Jaylen Brown.


March 27th, 2018 at 8:34 PM ^

The best thing about this team is they don't have any true NBA talent - they just play really well as a team.  It could hardly be in more contrast to the last Final Four team with five future first round picks and one second rounder who would have been in the first round if he left after his Freshman season.

I doubt anyone on this team will ever play serious minutes in the NBA.  Mo is at best a role player on a mediocre team.  Matthews can't shoot.  Simpson's game won't translate.  Teske might develop into a role player. 

My only hope for any breakout success in the NBA is MAAR if he spend a year or two in the G League proving himself.  Hard to imagine why he gets no love from scounts or all star lists when he is obviously our best all around player and the secret to our success.  


March 27th, 2018 at 4:01 PM ^

This isn't terribly surprising, nor is it really unwarranted. The story all along is that the team has been greater than the sum of its parts.

SF Wolverine

March 27th, 2018 at 4:04 PM ^

I think it's fair; while we have a number of guys killing it over the last 10 games, no one stood out over the course of the year.

And good.  As those above have noted, The Team Cubed.


March 27th, 2018 at 5:41 PM ^

I have a hard time putting much stock in this.  Seems that the guys on the top teams are as much hype as actual performance.  Stats certainly didn't get some lesser known kids very far. 

Perfect example, Kelan Martin from Butler scored 21.2 PPG, had 6.3 RPG and 2.0 APG all while playing a very solid schedule in the Big East.  When feeling it, the kid truly is unguardeable, unlike the cute little player from A & M.  He got only honorable mention.  I'm sure there are many other examples out there.

Fear not my Blue loving friends....an appearance in the Final 4 against an 11 seed will reward   Mo and the boys just fine.

The Fan in Fargo

March 27th, 2018 at 6:10 PM ^

Edwards, Bridges and Jiop or whatever his name is( not scrolling back up on my iPhone at work) were owned by M. Can’t wait to see Brunson or Graham get owened as well I’m the title game. Going to be fricking great!!! Go Blue!!!!


March 27th, 2018 at 6:18 PM ^

In a very strange way, a team that plays like a team the way Michigan does probably struggles to make lists like this since individuals usually aren't putting up prolific numbers by themselves (well, in isolated performances, they definitely do), and sadly that seems to be the sort of thing these are based on - the numbers and averages. It still sucks to see no Michigan players here though. 

M and M Boys

March 27th, 2018 at 7:16 PM ^

said "It's Deja Vu all over again" and everybody know Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan didn't make their high skool All-American team neither.....



March 27th, 2018 at 7:26 PM ^

I knew this list was garbage when I saw Trae Young on the first team and Miles Bridges on the second team.  Nothing more than a popularity contest that rewards preceding reputation.