Two Big 12 juniors - Georges Niang of Iowa State and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield – have been recognized by head coaches as some of the best players in the nation. The duo are part of the 2015 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America Teams.
Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these 15 student-athletes chosen overall represent the finest basketball players across America. Both Niang and Hield were All-Big 12 First Team picks in 2014-15, with Hield being named Big 12 Player of the Year. Each player led their respective teams in scoring and both ranked in the top 10 in the conference for scoring, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
2015 NABC Coaches Division I All-America First Team
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7-0, 240, Junior, Forward, Olathe, Kan.
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, 6-5, 204, Senior, Guard, Bowie, Md.
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, 7-0, 242, Senior, Forward, Lisle, Ill.
Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6-11, 270, Freshman, Center, Chicago, Ill.
D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6-5, 180, Freshman, Guard, Louisville, Ky.
2015 NABC Coaches Division I All-America Second Team
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia, 6-5, 215, Junior, Guard, Atlanta, Ga.
Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6-11, 250, Freshman, Forward, Piscataway, N.J.
Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa, 6-8, 240, Senior, Forward, Sheffield, Iowa
Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga, 6-10, 240, Junior, Forward, Portland, Ore.
Delon Wright, Utah, 6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Los Angeles, Calif.
2015 NABC Coaches Division I All-America Third Team
Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6-6, 228, Junior, Guard, Montross, Va.
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma, 6-4, 212, Junior, Guard, Freeport, Bahamas
Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6-7, 245, Freshman, Forward, Fullerton, Calif.
Georges Niang, Iowa State, 6-8, 230, Junior, Forward, Methuen, Mass.
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga, 6-2, 182, Senior, Guard, Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada