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Cade Cunningham, Jared Butler Named AP First-Team All-America

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State

Baylor guard Jared Butler and Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham were both named to the Associated Press All-America First Team on Tuesday.

Baylor’s Davion Mitchell earned Third-Team honors.

Butler became the first AP All-America First Team honoree in Baylor history. An All-Big 12 First-Team selection, Butler has been pegged for several All-America teams so far this postseason, including the Sporting News. Butler is averaging 17.1 points per game and 4.8 assists per game entering the NCAA Tournament.

BU earned the first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in program history with a 22-2 record. The Bears claimed the program’s first conference title in 71 years by going 13-1 in Big 12 play.

 

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Cunningham was the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, only the fourth player to accomplish that feat. He is considered the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, should he decide to leave school early. He is the first OSU player to earn First-Team All-America honors from the AP and he was selected the Sporting News National Freshman of the year. He is averaging 20.2 points per game as the Cowboys enter the NCAA Tournament.

Mitchell was the only other Big 12 player to make one of the All-America teams. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year finished the season averaging 14.1 points and 5.4 assists per game.

Big 12 players named honorable mention included Derek Culver of West Virginia, Andrew Jones of Texas, Miles McBride of West Virginia, Mac McClung of Texas Tech, Austin Reaves of Oklahoma, and MaCio Teague of Baylor,

2020-21 Associated Press All-America Team

First team

Luka Garza, senior, Iowa

Jared Butler, junior, Baylor

Ayo Dosunmu, junior, Illinois

Cade Cunningham, freshman, Oklahoma State

Corey Kispert, senior, Gonzaga

Second team

Drew Timme, sophomore, Gonzaga

Jalen Suggs, freshman, Gonzaga

Evan Mobley, freshman, USC

Hunter Dickinson, freshman, Michigan

Kofi Cockburn, sophomore, Illinois

Third team

Davion Mitchell, junior, Baylor

Quentin Grimes, junior, Houston

Herb Jones, senior, Alabama

Cameron Krutwig, senior, Loyola Chicago

Chris Duarte, sophomore, Oregon

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