Bey, Garza, Powell, Pritchard, Toppin win hoops awards

Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall, Peyton Pritchard of Oregon and Obi Toppin of Dayton have earned positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame. The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN's "SportsCenter" broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which were scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bey received the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and shot 45% from 3-point range. Garza was named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year. He averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. Powell earned the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year. He averaged 21 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists. The Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year went to Pritchard, who averaged 20.5 points, 5.5 assists and shot 82% from the free-throw line. Toppin received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. He averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and shot 63% from the field. Each award's namesake headed his own selection committee to evaluate candidates throughout the season. Fans also were able to vote.
April 7, 2020

Dayton's Toppin, Oregon's Ionescu win Naismith Trophy

Dayton forward Obi Toppin has been awarded the Naismith Trophy as college basketball's most outstanding player. Toppin was named the Naismith Trophy winner on Friday, adding to an award collection that includes national player of the year by The Associated Press. Toppin had a breakout sophomore season for the third-ranked Flyers, averaging 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63%. The 6-foot-9 sophomore is Dayton's first consensus All-American and he led the Flyers to a school-record 29 wins. The Flyers finished No. 3 in the final AP Top 25 after the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, matching the highest ranking in school history (1956). Dayton's Anthony Grant also swept Naismith and AP honors as the national coach of the year after the Flyers won their third Atlantic 10 championship in five years. Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu won the women's award.
April 3, 2020

Dayton's Obi Toppin leads AP All-American team

First team
Obi Toppin, Dayton
Luka Garza, Iowa
Markus Howard, Marquette
Myles Powell, Seton Hall
Payton Pritchard, Oregon

Second team
Devon Dotson, Kansas
Udoka Azubuike, Kansas
Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
Cassius Winston, Michigan State
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

Third team
Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
Jordan Nwora, Louisville
Jared Butler, Baylor
Tre Jones, Duke
Jalen Smith, Maryland

March 20, 2020

Sabrina Ionescu has joined an elite group, becoming a three-time All-American

The Oregon senior shattered the NCAA career triple-double mark and became the first player in college history to have 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists. She earned a spot on The Associated Press women's basketball All-America team Thursday as a unanimous choice from the national media panel that votes on the Top 25 each week. She was joined on the first team by Oregon teammate Ruthy Hebard, Baylor's Lauren Cox, Kentucky's Rhyne Howard and UConn's Megan Walker. Ionescu is the eighth player in women's basketball history to earn AP All-America honors three times. The last was South Carolina's A'ja Wilson. "Sabrina is a transcendent basketball player," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "There's really nothing that she couldn't do on the court. She was the ultimate leader." Baylor's Brittney Griner, Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, Duke's Alana Beard, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Breanna Stewart and Maya Moore are the only other players to earn first-team honors at least three times. Paris and Moore were All-Americans all four years. Ionescu averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. Hebard was on the receiving end of many of those passes and averaged 17.3 points and 9.6 rebounds to help the Ducks win the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament. "I'm happy for Ruthy. Sometimes she gets overlooked. She's so darn good and important to what we do," Graves said. "Not that she played in the shadows so to speak, but she wasn't on top of everyone's mind." Oregon teammate Satou Sabally made the second team, giving the second-ranked Ducks three of the top 10 players in the country. "I would say that's pretty good. I wouldn't expect three. There are a lot of really good players," coach Kelly Graves said. "That's really neat. I think that's really cool." Cox earned first-team honors for the first-time. The senior post averaged 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds while blocking nearly 2.7 shots a game. She only played in 22 of the Lady Bears 30 games because of a stress reaction in her foot early in the season. "She is so deserving," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "Just her presence on the floor made us better whether she scored a point or not. Her presence brought an air of confidence to our basketball team." Howard did nearly everything for Kentucky this season. The sophomore guard averaged 23.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and hit 84 3-pointers. She is the Wildcats' first women's player to be a first-team All-American. "Rhyne is the definition of an All-American and one of those rare players that impacts the game in absolutely every statistical category . She's so much more than a prolific scorer," Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. "She has zero weaknesses which makes her the most dynamic player in college basketball." Walker gave UConn a first-teamer for the seventh consecutive season. Walker, who declared she was entering the WNBA draft and not returning for her senior season, averaged 19.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 47.7% from the field. "Meg put in a lot of work before and during the season to elevate her game. She transformed herself into being one of our go-tos on the court," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Megan had an incredible season and this honor is a testament to her hard work." Joining Sabally on the second team were Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M, Aari McDonald of Arizona and Dana Evans of Louisville. The third team was Ty Harris of South Carolina, Michaela Onyenwere of UCLA, Kathleen Doyle of Iowa, Elissa Cunane of North Carolina State and Kaila Charles of Maryland. Ionescu, Cox, Carter, Charles and Miami's Beatrice Mompremier made up the preseason All-America team.
March 19, 2020

Iowa's Garza, Badgers' Gard take AP All-Big Ten top honors

Iowa's Luka Garza is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and Wisconsin's Greg Gard is its coach of the year. Garza was the unanimous pick for player of the year and for a spot on the AP's All-Big Ten team, also announced Tuesday, in voting of 15 journalists covering the conference. Illinois's Kofi Cockburn was named newcomer of the year. Joining Garza on the all-conference first team are Michigan State's Cassius Winston, Illinois' Ayo Dosunmu, Penn State's Lamar Stevens and Maryland's Jalen Smith. Winston, the 2019 player of the year, is a repeat selection to the first team. Stevens was a second-team pick last year. Garza, a 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from Washington, D.C., has scored 20 or more points in his last 16 games, the longest streak by an Iowa player since 1971. He has scored 25 points or more 13 times this season and has seven games with at least 25 points and 10 rebounds. His 15 double-doubles are the most by an Iowa player since 2002. His 23.9 points per game rank fifth nationally, and his 26.2-point average in conference games is the highest since Purdue's Glenn Robinson averaged 31.1 in 1994. The second team is made up of Maryland's Anthony Cowan, Michigan's Zavier Simpson, Minnesota's Daniel Oturu, Michigan State's Xavier Tillman and Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson. Cockburn, a 7-foot, 290-pound freshman from Kingston, Jamaica, averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He blocked a shot by Garza under the basket at the buzzer to secure a 78-76 win Sunday that gave Illinois the coveted No. 4 seed, and double-bye, for the Big Ten Tournament. Under Gard, Wisconsin won 16 of 21 games after a 5-5 start to finish 21-10 overall and 14-6 in the Big Ten. The Badgers shared the regular-season title with Michigan State and Maryland after winning eight straight games, the program's longest win streak to end the regular season since 1940-41. The 2020 AP All-Big Ten team, with players listed with school, class, height, weight and hometown ("u" denotes unanimous selection):
FIRST TEAM

Guard - Cassius Winston, Michigan State, Sr., 6-1, 185, Detroit.

Guard - Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois, So., 6-5, 185, Chicago.

u-Center - Luka Garza, Iowa, Jr., 6-11, 260, Washington, D.C.

Forward - Lamar Stevens, Penn State, Sr., 6-8, 225, Philadelphia.

Forward - Jalen Smith, Maryland, So., 6-10, 225, Baltimore.

SECOND TEAM

Guard - Anthony Cowan, Maryland, Sr., 6-0, 180, Bowie, Maryland.

Guard - Zavier Simpson, Michigan, Sr., 6-0, 190, Lima, Ohio.

Center - Daniel Oturu, Minnesota, So., 6-10, 240, Woodbury, Minnesota.

Forward - Xavier Tillman, Michigan State, Jr., 6-8, 245, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Forward - Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State, Jr., 6-9, 270, Westerville, Ohio.

Coach of the year - Greg Gard, Wisconsin

u-Player of the year - Luka Garza, Iowa, Jr., 6-11, 260, Washington, D.C.

Newcomer of the year - Kofi Cockburn, Illinois, Fr., 7-0, 290, Kingston, Jamaica.

March 10, 2020

Mississippi State's Perry, Arkansas' Jones share SEC honors

Reggie Perry of Mississippi State and Mason Jones of Arkansas have been named The Associated Press Southeastern Conference players of the year. Texas A&M's Buzz Williams was named SEC coach of the year in his first season in the league. Williams guided the Aggies to a 10-8 conference record and finished in a tie for sixth in the league. Texas A&M was predicted to finish 12th in the SEC when the season began. Perry, the only SEC player to average double figure points and rebounds this season, and Jones, the conference's top scorer at 22 points a game, each received four votes from the panel of 14 AP voters. Both players were the only unanimous selections for the AP All-SEC first team. Joining them on the first team are Kira Lewis Jr. of Alabama and the Kentucky duo of Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards. Anthony Edwards, the Georgia freshman and possibly the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, was the runaway pick for newcomer of the year. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 19.5 points a game. Edwards was also named to the AP All-SEC second team along with Breein Tyree of Mississippi, Skylar Mays of LSU, Samir Doughty of Auburn and Keyontae Johnson of Florida. The 2019-20 AP All-SEC team, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown ("u-" denotes unanimous selections):
FIRST TEAM

Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama, 6-3, 165, So., Meridianville, Alabama

u-Mason Jones, Arkansas, 6-5, 200, Jr., DeSoto, Texas

u-Reggie Perry, Mississippi State, 6-10, 250, So., Thomasville, Georgia

Nick Richards, Kentucky, 6-11, 247, Jr., Jamaica

Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky, 6-3, 188, So., Harve de Grace, Maryland

SECOND TEAM

Samir Doughty, Auburn, 6-4, 195, Sr., Philadelphia

Anthony Edwards, Georgia, 6-5, 225, Fr., Atlanta

Keyontae Johnson, Florida, 6-5, 231, So., Norfolk, Virginia

Skylar Mays, LSU, 6-4, 205, Sr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Breein Tyree, Mississippi, 6-2, 195, Sr., Somerset, New Jersey

Coach of the year - Buzz Williams, Texas A&M

Player of the year - Mason Jones, Arkansas, and Reggie Perry, Mississippi State

Newcomer of the year - Anthony Edwards, Georgia

March 10, 2020

Duke's Carey, FSU's Hamilton headline AP top honors in ACC

Duke freshman big man Vernon Carey Jr. is both The Associated Press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State's Leonard Hamilton is the coach of the year. Carey and teammate Tre Jones were the only unanimous picks to the AP All-ACC team announced Tuesday, a day after the league Jones its player of the year. The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Carey earned eight votes for AP player of the year while Jones earned six in voting by 15 journalists who cover the ACC throughout the league's 10 states. Carey was the unanimous choice for newcomer of the year after averaging team highs of 17.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting nearly 58% for the 10th-ranked Blue Devils. It marks the third straight year a Duke player swept the AP awards as top ACC player and newcomer, following Marvin Bagley III in 2018 and AP national player of the year Zion Williamson last year. Hamilton, who led the fourth-ranked Seminoles to the program's , earned 13 votes for AP ACC coach of the year while two-time reigning coach of the year Tony Bennett of Virginia earned the other two. On the AP All-ACC teams, the Seminoles joined Duke as the only schools to have multiple picks, with Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell being second-team selections. Syracuse's Elijah Hughes, Notre Dame's John Mooney and Louisville's Jordan Nwora joined Duke's Carey and Jones on the first team. North Carolina's Garrison Brooks, Georgia Tech's Michael Devoe and Virginia's Mamadi Diakite joined FSU's Forrest and Vassell on the second team. The 2019-20 AP All-ACC team, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown ("u-" denotes unanimous selections):
FIRST TEAM

u-Vernon Carey Jr., Duke, 6-10, 270, Fr., Southwest Ranches, Florida

Elijah Hughes, Syracuse, 6-6, 215, R-Jr., Beacon, New York

u-Tre Jones, Duke, 6-3, 185, So., Apple Valley, Minnesota

John Mooney, Notre Dame, 6-9, 245, Sr., Orlando, Florida

Jordan Nwora, Louisville, 6-7, 225, Jr., Buffalo, New York

SECOND TEAM

Garrison Brooks, North Carolina, 6-9, 235, Jr., LaFayette, Alabama

Michael Devoe, Georgia Tech, 6-5, 193, So., Orlando, Florida

Mamadi Diakite, Virginia, 6-9, 224, R-Sr., Conakry, Guinea

Trent Forrest, Florida State, 6-4, 210, Sr., Chipley, Florida

Devin Vassell, Florida State, 6-7, 194, So., Suwanee, Georgia

Coach of the year – Leonard Hamilton, Florida State

Player of the year – Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

Newcomer of the year – Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

March 10, 2020

Kansas' Azubuike AP Big 12 player of year, Drew top coach

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year, with the 7-foot senior averaging a double-double for the regular season conference champion and top-ranked Jayhawks. Azubuike and Dotson were the only unanimous picks for the AP All-Big 12 first team released Tuesday, and split all the votes for player of the year. Azubuike got 10 votes for top player from a panel of journalists who regularly cover the Big 12 in the league's five states, and Dotson got the other seven. Baylor sophomore guard Jared Butler, TCU senior guard Desmond Bane and forward Kristian Doolittle, Oklahoma's only senior, were the other first-team selections. Baylor's Scott Drew was picked as coach of the year. Before dropping three of their last five games, the No. 5 Bears had set a Big 12 record by winning 23 games in a row. The Big 12 runner-ups were the nation's No. 1 team for five weeks in a row before a home loss to Kansas on Feb. 22 ended their winning streak. at 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, and is the national leader making 74.8% of his field goal attempts (181 of 242). Dotson is the league's top scorer at 18.1 points a game. Bane, the with 2.9 a game while making 44.1% of his attempts, is second in the Big 12 with 16.6 points a game. Butler is the third-leading scorer at 16.0 points a game, including 2.6 made 3-pointers a game. Doolittle, a 6-7 forward, averages 15.8 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Texas Tech freshman guard Jahmi'us Ramsey (15.0 ppg) was the AP newcomer of the year, and among the second-team selections with Kansas junior guard Marcus Garrett, West Virginia freshman forward Oscar Tshiebwe and Baylor teammates Freddie Gillespie and MaCio Teague. The 2020 AP All-Big 12 team, with players listed with school, classification, height, weight, class and hometown ("u-" denotes unanimous selections):
FIRST TEAM

u-Udoka Azubuike, Kansas, Sr., 7-0, 270, Delta, Nigeria.

u-Devon Dotson, Kansas, So., 6-2, 185, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Desmond Bane, TCU, Sr., 6-6, 215, Richmond, Indiana.

Jared Butler, Baylor, So., 6-3, 190, Reserve, Louisiana.

Kristian Doolittle, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-7, 232, Edmond, Oklahoma.

SECOND TEAM

Marcus Garrett, Kansas, Jr., 6-5, 195, Dallas.

MaCio Teague, Baylor, Jr. 6-3, 195, Cincinnati.

Freddie Gillespie, Baylor, Sr., 6-9, 245, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jahmi'us Ramsey, Texas Tech, Fr., 6-4, 195, Arlington, Texas.

Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia, Fr., 6-9, 258, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Coach of the year - Scott Drew, Baylor.

Player of the year - Udoka Azubuike, Kansas.

Newcomer of the year - Jahmi'us Ramsey, Texas Tech.

March 10, 2020

Oregon's Pritchard, UCLA's Cronin win AP Pac-12 honors

Payton Pritchard accomplished something just three other Pac-12 players have done. Mick Cronin led UCLA to a massive turnaround in his first season at Westwood. Zeke Nnaji at times outshined his more-heralded freshmen teammates at Arizona. The trio earned the top honors in The Associated Press all-Pac-12 team released Tuesday. Pritchard was the unanimous choice as conference player of the year from a panel of voters who cover the Pac-12. Cronin earned coach of the year honors and Nnaji was the newcomer of the year. Pritchard was joined on the first team by Nnaji, Arizona State guard Remy Martin, Southern California forward Onyeka Okongwu and Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle. A 6-foot-2 guard, Pritchard joined Arizona's Damon Stoudamire (1994-95) and Jason Terry (1998-99) and Oregon State's Gary Payton (1989-90) as the only players to lead the Pac-12 in scoring and assists. He averaged averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 assists while leading the 13th-ranked Ducks to their third regular-season Pac-12 title in five years. Pritchard has been part of four NCAA Tournament teams with Oregon, including a trip to the Final Four in 2017, and is one of three Ducks players to have 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists during his career. "You have to give Payton Pritchard a lot of credit," Arizona coach Sean Miller said after Pritchard scored 38 points in Tucson on Feb. 22. "He's a nightmare to play against on one hand and a real pleasure to watch because he's such a terrific player." UCLA got its tenure under Cronin off to a shaky start, losing at home to Hofstra and Cal State Fullerton, then opening Pac-12 play 1-3. The Bruins found a rhythm under the former Cincinnati coach at just the right time, winning seven of their final eight games to just miss winning the Pac-12 regular-season title. UCLA will be the No. 2 seed in this week's Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas and has a chance to return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out last season. "Our players have become a team," Cronin said. "Our guys are playing to win. They care about each other and they've learned to never give up. They refuse to surrender and I think that's the key to our run." Nnaji arrived at Arizona with less fanfare than fellow freshmen Nico Mannion and Josh Green. The 6-11 forward's NBA draft stock quick rose as he dominated early in the season and didn't slow even as teams began double teaming. Nnaji averages 16.3 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 57% from the floor. "He's just a relentless motor," Washington State coach Kyle Smith said after Nnaji scored 21 points against the Cougars on March 5. "To be a freshman and compete that hard on every possession is pretty impressive."
FIRST TEAM

u-Payton, Pritchard, Oregon, G, 6-2, 190, Sr, West Linn, Ore.

Remy Martin, Arizona St, G, 6-0, 170, Jr, Chatsworth, Calif.

Onyeka, Okongwu, USC, F, 6-9, 245, Fr, Chino, Calif.

Zeke Nnaji, Arizona, F, 6-11, 240, Fr, Hopkins, Minn.

Tres Tinkle, Oregon St, F, 6-7, 225, Sr, Missoula, Mont.

SECOND TEAM

Isaiah Stewart, F, 6-9, 250, Fr, Rochester, N.Y.

CJ Ellerby, Washington St, F, 6-6, 200, So, Seattle, Wash.

Tyler Bey, Colorado, F, 6-7, 216, Jr, Las Vegas

McKinley Wright IV, Colorado, G, 6-0, 196, Jr, North Robbinsdale, Minn.

Timmy Allen, Utah, F, 6-6, 204, So, Mesa, Ariz.

u-unanimious selection.

March 10, 2020

Oregon's Pritchard as player of the year

Oregon's Payton Pritchard has been named Pac-12 player of the year by the conference's coaches. UCLA coach Mick Cronin was voted coach of the year and Arizona freshman forward Zeke Nnaji freshman of the year in honors announced Monday. Colorado's Tyler Bey was named defensive player of the year, UCLA's Chris Smith most improved player and Arizona State's Alonzo Verge Jr. the sixth man of the year. Pritchard became the fourth player in Pac-12 history to lead the conference in scoring and assists. He averaged 20.5 points and 5.5 assists while leading the 13th-ranked Ducks to their third regular-season Pac-12 title in five years. Cronin led the Bruins to within a game of winning the regular-season title after a sluggish start to the season.
March 9, 2020

Duke's Jones, Florida State's Hamilton snag top ACC honors

The Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday named Duke guard Tre Jones as the league's player of the year and its defensive player of the year and Leonard Hamilton of regular season champion Florida State as coach of the year. Jones, a sophomore, is averaging 16.2 points and 6.4 assists for the No. 10 Blue Devils, seeded fourth in the conference tournament that begins on Tuesday. Jones is joined on the All-ACC first team by teammate Vernon Carey Jr., who also was named the top rookie, Jordan Nwora of No. 15 Louisville, John Mooney of Notre Dame and Elijah Hughes of Syracuse. The team is selected by a 75-person selection panel consisting of the league's 15 head coaches and 60 members of the media. Hamilton guided the fourth-ranked Seminoles (26-5) to their first ACC regular-season title in men's basketball. Trent Forrest and Devin Vassell of the Seminoles were named to the second team along with Mamadi Diakite of No. 17 Virginia, Garrison Brooks of North Carolina and Markell Johnson of North Carolina State.
March 9, 2020



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