WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/AP) — Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan has been selected for the AP All-American team.
Swanigan joins Frank Mason III of Kansas, Villanova’s Josh Hart, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and Justin Jackson of UNC.
Swanigan led the nation with 26 double-doubles and was the only player in Division I to average 18 points (18.5) and 12 rebounds (12.6) while shooting 53.4 percent, 43.1 percent on 3-pointers.
“He’s a very knowledgeable guy, now he’s been through it in terms of experience, understanding scouting reports and those types of things,” Purdue coach Matt Painter told the Associated Press. “He really gets it. I think he really separated himself from a lot of people with the consistent play.”
Mason III, Kansas senior guard, was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday – receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.
Mason averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists while shooting 48.7 percent from 3-point range.
Hart, a senior who was key to Villanova’s 2016 national championship, averaged 18.9 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Wildcats. He received 62 first-team votes.
Ball, who received 54 first-team votes, averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.9 assists. He has already declared himself for the NBA draft.
Jackson, the junior Tar Heel, averaged 18.1 points and 4.6 rebounds this season and helped lead his team to a second straight Final Four. He received 24 first-team votes.