The Associated Press announced its 2014-2015 All-America team yesterday, the likes of which included University of Kentucky junior forward Willie Cauley-Stein.
The rest of the first-team included Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky, Duke forward Jahlil Okafor, Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant, and Ohio St. guard D’angelo Russell.
Cauley-Stein is the 18th first-team All-American from Kentucky and the first member since Anthony Davis in 2012. He is also the first player in the history of the AP All-America team to average less than 10 points a game, averaging only 9.1. Cauley-Stein received 45 first-team votes out of the 65 votes cast.
Cauley-Stein has been a fan favorite this season, energizing the team with his emphatic blocks and posterizing dunks. His ability to guard all five positions on the court has allowed for him to quickly become the defensive leader of this Kentucky team, which continues its path to a perfect season Saturday against Wisconsin in Indianapolis.
Freshman Forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a second Wildcat named to one of the AP All-America teams. Towns, a 7-footer from the New Jersey, was named to the second team All-America and is the only freshman named to the second team. Towns averaged 10.1 points per-game and 6.6 rebounds this season.
Both Cauley-Stein and Towns are projected to be lottery picks in this year’s NBA Draft in June.