Oladipo named first-team All-American, Zeller second team by USBWA

Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo was named a first-team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and sophomore center Cody Zeller was named to the second team.  From IU sports info.

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – A mix of young standout players has been selected to the 2012-13 U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. Eight of the 10 honored players are underclassmen – including all five on the first team – and there are six conferences represented on the squad. Based on regular-season performance, the USBWA selects the nation’s top five players on two teams regardless of position.

Indiana has two All-Americans in the same year for the first time since 1976 (Scott May and Kent Benson) as junior Victor Oladipo earned first team honors and Cody Zeller nabbed second team recognition.

First-teamer Doug McDermott of Creighton is the lone repeat selection, which also includes Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award as the National Freshman of the Year. Smart was selected to the second team.

The Big Ten and Big 12 led the USBWA list with three All-American selections each. The ACC, Big East, Missouri Valley and West Coast Conferences were also represented on the team.

McDermott averaged 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season in leading the Bluejays back to the NCAA Tournament. Trey Burke (19.2 ppg, 6.7 apg) of Michigan is one of two sophomores on the first team, along with Otto Porter of Georgetown (16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg). Other first-team honors went to Oladipo of Indiana (13.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg), who helped the Hoosiers to earn a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, as did Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga (17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg), who helped the Zags ascend to college basketball’s elite this season.

Two freshmen are on the second team, Smart (15.4 ppg, 4.2 apg) and Kansas’ Ben McLemore (16.7 ppg, 43.7 3-pt FG pct.) Mason Plumlee of Duke (17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg), Jeff Withey of Kansas (13.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg) and Zeller of Indiana (16.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg) round out the second team and give No. 1 seeds Indiana and Kansas teammates on the squad. This is the first time since 1976 that Indiana has had two USBWA All-Americans in the same season. Plumlee and Withey are the lone seniors honored by the USBWA.

Each of the 10 All-American selections is among the Oscar Robertson Trophy finalists. The USBWA’s National Player of the Year Award will be announced on Friday, April 5, in Atlanta in conjunction with the Final Four. The Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy presented by Aflac will be formally presented on Monday, April 15, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards Gala in Oklahoma City.

13 comments

  1. Just curious; does anyone believe this will diminish Zeller’s stock in the draft? My point being, is there a disconnect between being second-team All american and being a projected lottery pick.

    My guess is that the answer is no, because the draft is based on potential, but I’m curious to read others opinions.

  2. “My point being, is there a disconnect between being second-team All american and being a projected lottery pick.”

    Last year, the #2 overall pick was a 2nd team All-American. The third overall pick wasn’t 1st or 2nd team AA. The fourth overall pick wasn’t a 1st or 2nd team AA.

    No disconnect. Both Cody and Vic will declare. It is the right thing to do for both of them. Wish them well, they will be ambassadors for IU across the country.

  3. Uhhh, where are Louisville’s and UK’s players this time?

    @FWHoosier, you would be right if it were to be an actual competing team, but the Fist and Second teams are selected for individual merits not for competition purposes. But, Cody is under-valued because of Crean’s poor substitution tactics. Because of that, Cody seldom played as many minutes as most #5’s, thus making his numbers pale when compared with many of the other bigs. I really hope Crean keeps Cody in longer in the tourney games than he has done in the conference season.

  4. And Cody (and Team) are healthy for the tourney run – maybe due to Coach Crean’s substitution tactics.

    I really hope Crean plays Cody as little as possible to maintain peak performance during this run.

  5. Anybody else think that maybe Cody deserved first team over Olynyk? The way people rave over him, I thought his statistics must have been awesome. But a half a point more than Zeller and 1 less rebound than Zeller, while playing in a conference with zero competition? Move Zeller to that 1st team in a second.

  6. Let’s see…

    Big Ten championship…check.

    First round seed…check.

    All seniors (and juniors) graduate…check.

    A couple of the players NBA lottery picks…check.

    College player of the year (that no one else recruited)…check.

    Another great recruiting class coming in…check.

    Questionable substitution patterns? You’re kidding me, right? According to some guy on television that’s never coached a basketball game in his life. See #1 and #2 above. Ron’s absolutely right. If he’d have played him anymore and he got hurt you’d be having a cow because he played him too much.

    Let’s complain going about those socks he wears, too. That is just as reasonable.

  7. See that the SEC has comlaints. Only 3 teams selected. Non-conference games (cupcakes) seemed to doom them. They have the same complaint as B1G coaches. Spend the conference beating up on each other and results look bad end of season.

    Be interesting, with the conference tourney’s to have a shorter conference season. Instead of playing the same team twice (even though Purdue was enjoyable x 2), play some some-of-conference games in there place.

    Recruitment…Yahoo sports has a picture of a beach outside a FGCU dorm room. That would have to help in the recruiting process. But that beach is on a fresh water lake on campus. In Florida you can pretty much bet that the lake has some gators. Usually it’s best not to swim with gators. Seems I remember a kid did drown in that lake 4-5 yrs ago.

    May take some time Thursday to ride over to Dayton and watch the open practice session. The Hoosiers have provided me with 40-50 hours of entertainment so far this year, least I can do is show up and cheer. 37 degrees. Means the insulated underwear, flannel-lined jeans, gloves,jacket-liner, etc. All that makes even a simple bathroom break a difficulty. (too much information?)

  8. According to some guy on television that’s never coached a basketball game in his life.

    Says the guy who hasn’t coached a basketball game in his life and isn’t even television. You deserve your audience, Chet: me.

  9. You can go back & read my past posts on the Zeller problem, I’ve made several. He has not proved to me that he has any other offense other than dribble drive to the basket for a layup or dunk or try & get fouled. OSU defenders were playing 5 ft off him when he had the ball 10 ft from the hoop. From the games i’ve watched other than the OSU gane at OSU (6-8 from 5ft+) he is approximately 7-31. While he has scored big in a few games, the reason is simple, he could overpower those particular defenders, but get any defender with a bit of talent & some size as well as having a good head coach, Z has been cooked every matchup.

    Is simply way too one dimensional on offense given the same or more amount of talent opposite him in the matchup.

  10. Ya know…I’m positive Quinn Buckner was also named All American and I’ve seen numerous bios of him that refer to him as a “two time All American”.

    That would make three, not two, on the ’76 team. Many, many Hoosier fans thought Quinn was the best player on that team. He was certainly the player that made it all work.

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