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Johnson named USBWA All-American

Purdue senior JaJuan Johnson was one of five players selected as a first team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Johnson is averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds for the Boilermakers, who will play Saint Peter's in their opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

"I'm humbled and thankful I've been chosen for this incredible honor," Johnson said in a statement. "This dream wouldn't be a reality without my teammates and coaches."

  • Full disclosure, I'm part of the USBWA and voted for Johnson for first team. Writers were asked to select an all-district team (Johnson was Player of the Year and Matt Painter was Coach of the Year in the district) and then 10 players nationally for the first team all-America.
  • The group selected BYU's Jimmer Fredette, Duke's Nolan Smith, Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Connecticut's Kemba Walker along with Johnson on the first team.