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Two Big Ten Players Named AP All-Americans

Two of the league’s best earned All-American honors.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Purdue Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Associated Press announced its latest list of All-Americans for the 2016-’17 season. Its list of All-Americans is arguably the most prestigious of any publication or media entity.

The Big Ten found itself well represented with two players making the cut, including one that landed on the first team. Obviously, that speaks to the talent that fans got to watch during the course of last season in the Big Ten.

Here’s a full look at the selections below.

2016-’17 AP All-Americans:

-First Team:

  • Lonzo Ball (UCLA)
  • Josh Hart (Villanova)
  • Justin Jackson (North Carolina)
  • Frank Mason III (Kansas)
  • Caleb Swanigan (Purdue)

-Second Team:

  • Dillon Brooks (Oregon)
  • Luke Kennard (Duke)
  • Malik Monk (Kentucky)
  • Johnathan Motley (Baylor)
  • Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga)

-Third Team:

  • Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame)
  • Markelle Fultz (Washington)
  • Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)
  • Josh Jackson (Kansas)
  • Lauri Markkanen (Arizona)

While this was a major achievement for Happ and Swanigan, it certainly wasn’t surprising to the many fans who watched conference play this season. Both players were fantastic and are well deserving of this honor.

Named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the AP this season, Happ was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a late season finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year awards. Happ was also a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which recognizes the best center in the country.

Swanigan’s 28 double-doubles are the most for a player in Big Ten history and 13th most for a player in NCAA history, leading the country in that category. He set Purdue’s single-season rebounds record by almost 100 rebounds (436; Joe Barry Carroll is second with 352) and recorded 10 more double-doubles than any player in Purdue history.

If interested, you can see the full list here.