Led by a trio of freshman, five standout players have been named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's 2017-18 All-America First Team. The Wayman Tisdale Award winner as the National Freshman Player of the Year, Oklahoma's Trae Young, is joined by fellow first-year phenoms Deandre Ayton of Arizona and Duke's Marvin Bagley III. A pair of guards who have each led their respective teams to No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament round out the first team – Jalen Brunson of Villanova, the USBWA's District II Player of the Year, and Devonté Graham of Kansas, the District IV Player of the Year.
Graham, the Big 12 Player of the Year, led Kansas to its 14th straight Big 12 Conference regular-season championship and the Big 12 Tournament title. He leads the team with 17.3 points and 7.5 assists per game. Brunson, the Big East Player of the Year, led the defending national champions to a regular-season conference title and a No. 1 ranking for much of the season with 19.4 points per game.
Earlier this month, Young was named the winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award as the National Freshman Player of the Year and Virginia's Tony Bennett earned his third Henry Iba Award as the National Coach of the Year. The USBWA will name its Oscar Robertson Trophy winner as the National Player of the Year on Friday, March 30 in San Antonio in conjunction with the Final Four.
Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans was also named as a Second Team All-America selection from the Big 12.
2017-18 USBWA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM FIRST TEAM
F Deandre Ayton, Arizona
F Marvin Bagley III, Duke
G Jalen Brunson, Villanova
G Devonté Graham, Kansas
G Trae Young, Oklahoma
2017-18 USBWA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM SECOND TEAM
F Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
G Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
G/F Miles Bridges, Michigan State
G Keenan Evans, Texas Tech
C Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s