ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Led by dynamic
freshman teammates, five standout players have been named to the
Basketball Writers Association's 2018-19 All-America First Team.
The team features the four finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy
as the National Player of the Year, among them freshmen
and Zion Williamson of Duke, who are also
finalists for the Wayman
Tisdale Award as the National Freshman Player of the Year.
Joining the two freshmen on the first team are versatile
forward Grant Williams of Tennessee, playmaking
Morant of Murray State and defensive phenom forward
of Gonzaga. The first team includes the USBWA Players of the Year
from District III (Williamson), District IV (Williams) and District
IX (Hachimura), and four of the five were the Players of the Year
in their respective conferences.
The USBWA has named an All-America team since its founding season
of 1956-57. Traditionally, ten players have been honored, divided
into a first and second team beginning in the 1984-85 season. For
the first time, the USBWA has formally expanded its All-America
selections to 15 players on three teams. For the 1997-98 season, the
USBWA did select 15 players on three teams.
Barrett, a 6-7 freshman forward from Mississauga, Ont., and
Williamson, a 6-7 freshman forward from Spartanburg, S.C., are together
posting an historic season at Duke, which is the top overall seed
in the NCAA Tournament. The tandem is on track to become the first
freshman teammates in NCAA history to each average at least 20
points per game in a season. Barrett's 779 points (22.9 per game) is the
ACC freshman record, and he is the only major conference player
to score 13 or more points in every game this season. Williamson
(22.2 per game) is the ACC Player of the Year and Freshman of the
Year after leading the conference, shooting 69.5 percent from the
field, second nationally.
Williams, a 6-7 forward from Charlotte, N.C., is the
Southeastern Conference scoring leader at 19.0 points per game
and won a second consecutive conference Player of the Year honor
earlier this month. He is among the SEC's top 10 in three other
categories and becomes Tennessee's first USBWA All-American
Morant, a 6-3 sophomore guard from Dalzell, S.C., is the Ohio
Valley Conference Player of the Year as the nation's assist leader.
Entering the NCAA Tournament, where the Racers are the 12 seed in
the West Region, Morant could become the first player to average
20 points and 10 assists per game since assists became an official
statistic in the 1985-86 season. He currently averages 24.6 points
and 10.0 assists and has scored 20 or more points in 22 games.
Hachimura, the West Coast Conference Player of the Year from
Toyama, Japan, has scored in double figures in each of the Zags'
32 games, posting 20-plus points 19 times. The 6-8 junior is third in
the WCC in scoring at 20.4 points per game for Gonzaga, the top
seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Region. He is also sixth in the
league in field goal percentage at 61.1, eighth in rebounding
with 6.6 per game, and has 23 blocks.
Named to the USBWA's second team are Jarrett Culver of Texas
Tech, the Big 12 regular-season co-champion and No. 3 seed to the
West Region; Carsen Edwards of Purdue, the regular season Big Ten
co-champion and No. 3 seed in the South; Ethan Happ of Wisconsin,
which has the No. 5 seed in the South; Markus Howard of Marquette,
the Big East runner-up and No. 5 seed in the West, and Cassius Winston
of Michigan State, the other Big Ten co-champion and Big Ten
Tournament champion that carries a No. 2 seed into the East Region.
Culver was the District VII and Big 12 Player of the Year as
one of the nation's top sophomores, and Winston was the District
V and Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team
selection. Edwards and Happ were also members of the All-Big Ten
first team, with Happ becoming the Badgers' first three-time, first-team
All-Big Ten honoree. Howard became the second
Marquette player to earn Big East Player of the Year honors after
leading the conference in scoring at 25.0 points per game.
On the third team, Chris Clemons of Campbell, the nation's scoring
leader at an even 30.0 points per game, heads up the roster, along
with District VI Player of the Year Dedric Lawson of Kansas. Campbell
was the Big South Player of the Year and a member of the USBWA's
All-District III team, and Lawson was the Big 12 Newcomer of the
Year on the All-Big 12 First Team. Mike Daum of
South Dakota State is the three-time Summit League Player of the
Year averaging 25.6 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting 51
percent from the field. Campbell and South Dakota State are
headed to the NIT.
Virginia's All-ACC guard De'Andre Hunter is third in the league
in field goal percentage (53.3 percent) and 13th in scoring and
hit 47.3 percent from three-point range for the ACC regular-season
champions. PJ Washington leads Kentucky in both scoring (14.9 ppg)
and rebounding (7.5 rpg), while shooting
52.1 percent from the field.
Virginia and Tennessee are the top two seeds
in the South Region, while Kansas (No. 4 seed) and Kentucky (No.
2) are both in the Midwest Region.
Following is the complete 2018-19 USBWA All-America Team:
2018-19 USBWA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
||RJ Barrett, Duke
||Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
||Ja Morant, Murray State
||Grant Williams, Tennessee
||Zion Williamson, Duke
||Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
||Carsen Edwards, Purdue
||Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
||Markus Howard, Marquette
South Dakota State
||De'Andre Hunter, Virginia
||Dedric Lawson, Kansas
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America
team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
USBWA All-America Team
All-Time USBWA All-Americans (.pdf)