Friday, 24 March 2017 16:06

Lonzo Ball Earns NABC 1st-team All-America

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Ball has averaged 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has earned NABC Coaches’ Division I first-team All-America honors, as announced Thursday morning by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Ball has been selected as one of five first-team All-America selections – and the only freshman on this list – along with seniors Josh Hart (Villanova) and Frank Mason III (Kansas), junior Justin Jackson (North Carolina) and sophomore Caleb Swanigan (Purdue).

A 6-foot-6 guard from Chino Hills, Calif., Ball has averaged 14.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and a nation-leading 7.6 assists per game through 35 contests.

The NABC’s second-team All-America selections include juniors Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Johnathan Motley (Baylor) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga), sophomore Luke Kennard (Duke) and freshman Malik Monk (Kentucky). Players who secured third-team honors were senior Alec Peters (Valparaiso), sophomore Ethan Happ (Wisconsin) and freshmen Markelle Fultz (Washington), Josh Jackson (Kansas) and Lauri Markkanen (Arizona).

Ball was named a first-team All-District 20 selection by the NABC along with classmate TJ Leaf on Thursday. He is among four finalists for the 2017 Naismith Trophy, annually awarded to the nation’s top player by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. Ball is also one of 15 finalists on the ballot for this season’s John R. Wooden Award.

Ball has been named a first-team All-America selection by virtually every major national outlet, including the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), USA Today, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and NBC Sports. He has secured Freshman of the Year honors from the USBWA, USA Today, Sporting News, Bleacher Report and Basketball Times.

No. 3-seed UCLA (31-4) takes on No. 2-seed Kentucky (31-5) in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 on Friday evening in Memphis, Tenn. Game time at FedExForum is slated for 6:40 pm PT (8:40 pm CT). UCLA’s game against Kentucky will be nationally televised on CBS. 

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