And here come the postseason individual honors.
Today Caleb Swnaigan was named a First Team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. it is not his first All-American honor, but it is one used to determine of a player is a consensus or unanimous All-American. From the release:
Swanigan recorded one of the top statistical seasons in not only Purdue history, but NCAA history, en route to first-team honors. Swanigan averaged 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 52.7 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from 3-point range and 78.1 percent from the free throw line.
He is the only major-college player (and one of two players total) to record 600 points, 400 rebounds and 100 assists in a season (Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon in 2013-14). He joins legendary Tim Duncan of Wake Forest (1996-97 season) as the only players in the last 25 years to average at least 18.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a season.
His 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.
From what I have gathered, the NCAA officially uses the following services to determine consensus All-Americans:
U.S. Basketball Writer’s Association
Since 1984, the NCAA has applied a standardized point system to those teams designated as "major" All-American teams to determine consensus teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team.
Should Caleb be named a Consensus All-American he would be the 26th for Purdue, tying us with Kentucky and North Carolina behind Kansas with 28. (Though Malik Monk could be No. 27 for Kentucky, Justin Jackson will be No. 27 for North Carolina, and Frank Mason will be No. 29 for Kansas).
Here is the full NABC All-America list:
2017 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Lonzo Ball, UCLA, 6-6, 190, Freshman, Guard, Chino Hills, Calif.
Josh Hart, Villanova, 6-5, 215, Senior, Guard, Silver Spring, Md.
Justin Jackson, North Carolina, 6-8, 210, Junior, Forward/Guard, Tomball, Texas
Frank Mason III, Kansas, 5-11, 190, Senior, Guard, Petersburg, Va.
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, 6-9, 250, Sophomore, Forward, Fort Wayne, Ind.
2017 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Dillon Brooks, Oregon, 6-7, 225, Junior, Forward, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Luke Kennard, Duke, 6-6, 202, Sophomore, Guard, Franklin, Ohio
Malik Monk, Kentucky, 6-3, 200, Freshman, Guard, Lepanto, Ark.
Johnathan Motley, Baylor, 6-10, 230, Junior, Forward, Houston, Texas
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga, 6-3, 195, Junior, Guard, Happy Valley, Ore.
2017 NABC COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Markelle Fultz, Washington, 6-4, 195, Freshman, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, 6-10, 232, Sophomore, Forward, Milan, Ill.
Josh Jackson, Kansas, 6-8, 207, Freshman, Forward, Detroit, Mich.
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona, 7-0, 230, Freshman, Guard, Jyvaskyla, Finland
Alec Peters, Valparaiso, 6-9, 235, Senior, Forward, Washington, Ill.