Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield were named unanimous All-America selections by the Associated Press.
Both had impressive individual seasons, and both teams experienced great success in the regular season, though now Heild’s Oklahoma Sooners are now in the Final Four while Valentine’s Michigan State Spartans are at home after being eliminated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Valentine averaged 19.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Spartans, while Hield posted 25 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the Sooners.
Seniors Brice Johnson of North Carolina and Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia were named to the first team, along with Kentucky sophomore Taylor Ulis. Utah’s Jakob Poeltl, LSU’s Ben Simmons, Kansas’s Perry Ellis, Providence’s Kris Dunn and Iowa State’s Georges Niang comprised the AP’s second team selections.
The third team was made up of Duke’s Grayson Allen, Indiana’s Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff, Oakland’s Kay Felder and Kentucky’s Jamal Murray.
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