ESPN released their All-American teams, and Kansas basketball’s Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike both made the list.
ESPN selected Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson as First-Team All-Americans, and Marcus Garrett was awarded the Defensive Player of the Year honor. Kansas basketball was the only team to have multiple players on either the First or Second-Team, which further confirms just how much better they were this season than even the elite teams.
Another interesting note is that the Jayhawks played against multiple award winners this season:
- Anthony Grant (Dayton), Coach of the Year
- Vernon Carey Jr. (Duke), Freshman of the Year
- Mark Vital (Baylor), Defensive Player of the Year Runner-Up
- Steve Forbes (ETSU), Small-school Coach of the Year
- Obi Toppin (Dayton), First-Team All-American and National Player of the Year Runner-Up
The fact that Kansas played so many of the award winners speaks to how difficult of a schedule the Jayhawks played this season. Overall, their strength of schedule was ranked No. 2 by KenPom and No. 11 by BPI.
The duo of Azubuike and Dotson was also named to multiple other All-American teams from other publications like USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, and NBC Sports. Interestingly, both Dotson and Azubuike were either named to the First or Second-Team on each of these lists, with some putting Dotson on the First-Team and Azubuike on the Second-Team or vice versa.
Based on their stats, both should be First-Team All-Americans.
Azubuike averaged 13.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game. He also shot a ridiculous 74.8 percent from the field, the best percentage in the nation. Dotson led the Big 12 in scoring with 18.1 points per game. He also averaged 4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.
It’s really too bad this team didn’t get a chance to win it all. Their talent wasn’t matched by any team in college basketball, and they’ll always be remembered as all-time Kansas basketball greats.