Big 12 Basketball

Ochai Abgaji is ‘First Team’ All-American: Christian Braun

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji is a First-Team All-American, or at least that’s how his teammate, Christian Braun, sees it after the Jayhawks’ win over Kansas State.

That victory, which was 78-75 over the Wildcats, saw Agbaji hit the game-winning basket for the Jayhawks with eight seconds left. That was part of his 29 points, as he and Kansas overcame a career-high game by Kansas State’s Nijel Pack — who had 35 points — and a 16-point halftime deficit to win.

Braun’s comment was conveyed by the Kansas City Star and came after Saturday’s game. Braun made reference to a midseason All-America team released by The Sporting News, which had Agbaji as a second-team All-American at this time.


“Something came out yesterday, second-team All-American. There’s no question the guy is first team,” Braun said. “He’s the best player in the country as you saw tonight. He played defense, played offense, played his heart out. He’s one of the most complete players in college basketball, a leader by example. It’s exciting to see him play at that level.”

Agbaji remains the Big 12’s leading scorer, averaging 20.4 points after Saturday’s win. He is third in the league in field-goal percentage (52.3), second in 3-point field goal percentage (45.8) and second in 3-point field goals per game (3.1). He is also in the league’s Top 20 in rebounds (4.9),

Kansas which leads the Big 12 by one game over Texas Tech, is preparing to host the Red Raiders on Monday at 8 p.m.

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