“Being named AP All-American is as high an honor as you can get because it covers the whole country,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Jabari had a great year and for him to be recognized like that is quite an accomplishment for him and our program.”
Smith brought the term “Russdiculous” into the national spotlight as he followed his national championship season with Louisville by averaging 18.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 40.5 percent from 3-point range. There was a lot of speculation that Smith was going to leave after his junior season.
“It’s a lot of things in the back of your mind, as far as, will you get hurt, is it the right decision, will you get drafted, will you make money?” Smith said. “But at the end of the day, it was important for me to get my education and get my degree and finish out my senior year out on a good note.”
Napier led Connecticut in scoring (17.4), rebounds (5.9) and assists (4.9) and it was his buzzer-beating jumper that gave the Huskies the win over Florida on Dec. 2, the Gators’ last loss. Napier was the leader of a team that managed to reach the Final Four after being picked as a No. 7 seed.
“He’s been great,” Huskies coach Kevin Ollie said. “If it wasn’t for him and his wining mindset we wouldn’t be where we are. For him to share the spotlight with his teammates meant a lot to us all season.”
Kilpatrick, Cincinnati’s first All-America since Steve Logan in 2001-02, averaged 20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists for the Bearcats, who shared the American’s regular-season title. Kilpatrick joined Oscar Robertson as the only Cincinnati players to score 2,000 points.
“When you have to mention such a Hall of Fame guy like Oscar Robertson and what he’s done at the university, now you have to mention my name as well.” he said. “I appreciate it a lot.”
Nick Johnson of Arizona was the leading vote-getter on the second team and was joined by freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Nik Stauskas of Michigan, Melvin Ejim of Iowa State and T.J. Warren of North Carolina State.
AP Sports Writers Eric Olson in Omaha, Neb.; Joedy McCreary in Raleigh, N.C.; Eddie Pells in Denver; and Joe Kay in Cincinnati contributed to this report.