The NCAA announced the All-America basketball teams, as well as the Coach and Player of the Year.
The NCAA Men’s Tournament has begun, with 68 teams reduced to 16. This March, however, is awards season, with the best players from the entire 2021-22 season being honored. The 2021-22 All-American team, National Player of the Year and National Coach of the Year are all honors bestowed upon him. A panel of writers beaten by USA TODAY NETWORK – Jordan Guskey (The Topeka Capital-Journal), David Thompson (Fayetteville Observer), Mike Carmin (Lafayette (Ind.) Journal and Courier), David Woods (Indianapolis Star) – and USA TODAY Sports national reporters Scott Gleeson and Eddie Timanus – made the selections ahead of the start of the NCAA Tournament. After being transferred from West Virginia, the 6-9 big man was expected to impact coach John Calipari’s club, but his performance was disappointing.
The 6-9 forward didn’t have the dominant season he enjoyed last year in the nearly undefeated Bulldogs, but he was the focal point for another team that won the lead in NCAA Tournament Series. He averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and shot 59% from the floor. The return of the 7-footer and the decision to bypass the NBA helped the Fighting Illini win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Cockburn has improved dramatically from the previous season, this year averaging 21 points and 10.6 rebounds per game while shooting 60% from the field.
The star of this season in men’s college basketball, Davis was the face of a champion Big Ten Badgers team. The sophomore do-it-all guard averaged 20 points and eight rebounds a night, fitting right into coach Greg Gard’s system. The senior guard helped carry this Jayhawks team to a share of the Big 12 regular season title, being a consistent force at both ends of the field. He averaged 19.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for this Final Four-caliber KU team.
The story seems almost too formulaic: the sport’s most successful coach walks out in his final season with a Coach of the Year award. But the praise certainly has merit. Coach K had a talented squad in 2021-22 – barely the most talented of his 42 seasons at the helm of Durham – and turned the young and inexperienced group into title contenders. It shows just how much emotional energy Krzyzewski could pour into his recall season with associate coach Jon Scheyer handling recruiting for the future. This team, his last team, got the best of Krzyzewski. And it showed with an ACC regular season title and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA.
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