USA TODAY Sports unveils its All-American team for 2018-19, National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year, as the NCAA tournament expires.
National Player of the Year: R.J. Barrett, Duke . While Zion Williamson beat Barrett for No. 1 in the NBA draft of the NBA in June, Barrett proved to be the more impressive college player. The freshman was burdened when Williamson was injured for six games and led the Blue Devils to three wins in March, helping them to become NCAA tournament winners. If Duke had the full force, he gave the team a scorer who wanted the ball at the end of the game; he averaged 22.9 points. Barrett's selflessness (4.1
G Markus Howard, Marquette : The 5-11 junior guard had an average of 25 points and four assists per game while rejoining the Golden Eagles with a second-rate Big East quit returning to the national level and ranked No. 5 NCAA Tournament seeds.
G Barrett, Duke: The 6-7 freshman led Duke in the standings (22.9 ppg), adding 7.5 rebounds. With Williamson, he was the leader of the Blue Devils, which was loaded with newcomers, and gave Mike Krzyzewski one of the best scorers and all-round players he has ever coached.
F Zion Williamson, Duke : The human highlight role was a must on the court each time, and it was a huge loss to college basketball when he missed the last leg of the regular season with a knee injury , He played his best performance in a game on Feb. 16 before injury, scoring 32 points in 12-16 shooting in a win over N.C. State. On his return last week, Duke rekindled his national title win on the way to the ACC tournament title. In the season, Williamson scored an average of 22.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
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Zion Williamson of Duke (1) and R.J. Barrett (5) hugs as they leave the field after Duke defeated North Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. (Photo: Chuck Burton, AP)
F Dedric Lawson, Kansas : Kansas' series with 14 consecutive big-12 regular season titles ended this season, but Lawson was not to blame , He averaged 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and wore a Jayhawks team that could easily have collapsed. This season, Legerald Vick left the team, the big man Udoka Azubuike was injured at the end of the season and five-star freshman Quentin Grimes was inferior.
F. Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga : The junior striker has taken a big step this season in last year's NCAA tournament. He scored an average of 20.1 points (61% shooting) and 6.6 rebounds per game this season. It's one of the main reasons why the # Zags won seed number one and is a Final Four contender.
- G Ja Morant, Murray State
- G Cassius Winston, Michigan State
- G Kyle Guy, Virginia
- F. Grant Williams, Tennessee
- F. PJ Washington, Kentucky
- G. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
- G. Carsen Edwards, Purdue
- F. De & # 39; Andre Hunter, Virginia
- F. Caleb Martin, Nevada
- C. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
National Coach of the Year: Roy Williams, North Carolina. The Tar Heels made a strong showing towards the end of the season. They won 15 of their last 17 and finished as ACC co-champions, earning the seed of NCAA tournaments # 1. While this UNC team already had veterans (Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye and Kenny Williams) to advance its success It was Williams' ability to combine this experience with young talents (Coby White, Garrison Brooks and Nassir Little), which has now helped the North Carolina Summit. As much hype as Duke got, and as good as Virginia was, North Carolina belonged to the elite, and this was the result of Williams coaching and winning culture.