Tuesday, March 06, 2018 1:00 am
All-American honors for Purdue guard
Staff, news services
Purdue sophomore Carsen Edwards has been named to a pair of All-American squads, as he was tabbed a second-team All-American by USA Today and a third-team honoree by The Sporting News. The Sporting News is 1 of 4 organizations used to calculate the consensus All-America teams.
It marks the second straight year that a Purdue sophomore has earned All-American honors after Caleb Swanigan was named a consensus honoree last year.
Edwards, a 6-foot-1 guard from Atascocita, Texas, leads the Boilermakers in scoring at 18.5 points per game while contributing 3.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from 3-point range and 81.0 percent from the free throw line.
Previously, Edwards was named a unanimous All-Big Ten selection by the Associated Press, a first-team All-Big Ten honoree (coaches and media), a two-time Big Ten player of the Week, the USBWA and NCAA.com National Player of the Week and 1 of 10 finalists for the Jerry West Award given to the nation's top shooting guard. He was also named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after averaging 21.7 points. 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in New York City.
He is also 1 of 15 finalists, and 1 of 6 underclassmen, to be named a Wooden Award finalist.
2 Ball State juniors win All-MAC honors
Ball State junior point guard Tayler Persons and junior center Trey Moses earned All-Mid-American Conference honors. Persons was named to the All-MAC second team for the second consecutive season, while Moses claimed a spot on the third team.
Persons leads the Cardinals this year with 14.9 points and 4.3 assists per game. Moses is averaging career highs of 11.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game this year and raised those numbers to 14.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in conference play.
Virginia unanimous No. 1
Virginia is now the unanimous No. 1 in the AP Top 25, while Michigan made a big jump into the top 10 after winning the Big Ten Tournament title. The Cavaliers earned all 65 first-place votes after finishing four games ahead of the field in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race.
Villanova hopped over Xavier to reach No. 2. Michigan State, Duke, Gonzaga and Michigan followed. Michigan jumped eight spots after beating Michigan State and Purdue to win a second straight Big Ten title. Purdue fell two spots to No. 10.
UConn stays unanimous No. 1 in women's poll
UConn extends its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll as the Huskies (30-0) have been the unanimous top choice all season from the 32-member media panel.
Baylor moved up to second and Louisville third after then-No. 2 Mississippi State lost to South Carolina in the SEC title game.
The Bulldogs slipped to fourth. Notre Dame was fifth. Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA and Ohio State round out the top 10.