After helping lead Indiana to its first outright Big Ten title in 20 years, Victor Oladipo was named to The Associated Press All-America first team. The junior guard is Indiana’s first All-American since A.J. Guyton in 2000 and the eighth overall.
Oladipo’s IU teammate, sophomore center Cody Zeller, was named to the All-America second team. Both were named John R. Wooden All-Americans on Monday.
Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas, from Bishop Luers, was named third-team All-American.
Oladipo said he was impressed to be joining the likes of former Hoosiers stars Scott May, Kent Benson, Isiah Thomas, Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney.
I’m kind of speechless to be with the great names in college basketball, the NBA, in basketball history, Oladipo said. To be put in a sentence with them only makes me want to work harder.
That is one of the traits Hoosiers coach Tom Crean loves about Oladipo, who averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals while shooting 59.9 percent from the field and 44.3 percent on threes.
I see somebody who continues to get better every step of the way at Indiana, Crean said. I think when you have a young man who puts in that kind of time and that kind of work and cares about his teammates, all the outside stuff doesn’t matter. It’s on the court that does.
Joining Oladipo were Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who was voted onto the first team for the second consecutive year, Trey Burke of Michigan, Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga.
McDermott, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, was the second-leading scorer in Division I. He was a repeat selection Monday, the 51st player to earn the honor in consecutive seasons.
It’s pretty crazy. I couldn’t expect to have as good a year as I did, said McDermott, who averaged 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 49.7 percent from three-point range.
Burke and Porter both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Voting was completed before the NCAA tournament.
Oladipo got 58 first-team votes and 306 points. McDermott had 44 first-team votes and 279 points, one more than Olynyk’s total points. The Gonzaga junior got 47 first-team votes.
Burke, a 6-foot sophomore point guard, ran a team that at times had four freshmen on the court with him.
Burke averaged 19.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists and shot 40.1 percent on three-point attempts. He is Michigan’s fifth All-American and first since Chris Webber in 1993.
Porter is a 6-8 sophomore forward. He averaged 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game while shooting 42.7 percent from behind the three-point line.
The 7-foot Olynyk, a junior and native of Canadaaveraged 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and shot 65.2 percent from the field.
Joining Zeller on the second team were freshman Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, senior Mason Plumlee of Duke, sophomore Shane Larkin of Miami and freshman Ben McLemore of Kansas.
Joining Thomas on the third team are seniors Jeff Withey of Kansas, Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Nate Wolters of South Dakota State and junior Russ Smith of Louisville.