Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are the only freshmen on the 10-player John R. Wooden All-American Team that was announced Thursday.
There are no returning players from last year’s All-American team and only two players — Duke’s Jon Scheyer and West Virginia’s Da’Sean Butler — who will be playing in the Final Four Saturday in Indianapolis.
Wall averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 assists per game for Kentucky and set freshmen records for points, assists and free throws made. Cousins averages 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. They helped Kentucky reach the Elite Eight before losing to West Virginia.
Earlier both were named to The Associated Press All-America team and became the first freshman teammates ever to be honored.
The John R. Wooden Award winner presented to college basketball’s player of the year will be announced April 9 in Los Angeles and streamed live CBS College Sports Network.
Balloting for the All-American team by members of the media and college basketball experts was conducted over the past three weeks. Voters selected 10 players from the 26 athletes listed on the ballot, and ranked them from one to 10.
Voters were asked to take into account performance during the regular season and postseason through the Elite Eight, as well as a player’s character and academic performance, essential components of an outstanding player. All players on the ballot were certified by their schools as maintaining a 2.0 grade-point average at their current school.
“We feel tremendously proud to have these student athletes representing the 2010 John R. Wooden Award All American Team in such an outstanding year for college basketball,” said Steve Hathaway, president of The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Others named to the team were Oklahoma State’s James Anderson, the Big 12 Player of the Year; Kansas’ Sherron Collins; Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson; Villanova’s Scottie Reynolds, the Big East Player of the Year; Ohio State’s Evan Turner), the Big 10 Player of the Year; and Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez, the ACC Player of the Yea.