Arizona basketball’s Bennedict Mathurin named to AP All-America Second Team

Mar 15, 2022, 10:12 AM

Center Christian Koloko #35 of the Arizona Wildcats and guard Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona ...

Center Christian Koloko #35 of the Arizona Wildcats and guard Bennedict Mathurin #0 of the Arizona Wildcats smile together during the NCAAB game at McKale Center on January 03, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona. The Arizona Wildcats won 95-79 against the Washington Huskies. (Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images)

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Arizona Wildcats guard Bennedict Mathurin was named to The Associated Press All-America Second Team on Tuesday.

He was the only Pac-12 representative on the three All-America teams.

Mathurin led the Wildcats in scoring as they went 31-3, winning the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore averaged 17.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per outing while shooting 46% from the field and 38% from three-point range.

He will next step on the court Friday as Arizona opens its NCAA Tournament against the winner of a play-in game between Wright State and Bryant.

AP All-America First Team

Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky, 6-9, 255, Junior — 17.0 points, 15.1 rebounds (59 of 60 first-place votes, 298 points)

Johnny Davis, Wisconsin, Sophomore — 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds (57, 294)

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas, Senior — 19.7 points, 5.1 rebounds (46, 270)

Kofi Cockburn, Illinois, 7-0, 285, Junior — 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds (42, 259)

Keegan Murray, Iowa, 6-8, 225, Sophomore — 23.6 points, 8.6 rebounds (39, 248)

AP All-America Second Team

Jabari Smith, Auburn, 6-10, 220, Freshman — 17.0 points, 7.1 rebounds (15, 187)

Drew Timme, Gonzaga, 6-10, 235,  Junior — 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds (14, 159)

Jaden Ivey, Purdue, 6-4, 195, Sophomore — 17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds (9, 157)

Benedict Mathurin, Arizona, 6-6, 210, Sophomore — 17.4 points, 5.6 rebounds (7, 146)

Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga, 7-0, 195, Freshman — 14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds (3, 144)

AP All-America Third Team

Paolo Banchero, Duke, 6-10, 250, Freshman — 17.0 points, 7.8 rebounds (2, 110)

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State, 6-7, 240, Junior — 19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds (3, 104)

Collin Gillespie, Villanova, 6-3, Senior — 15.9 points, 3.8 rebounds (4, 83)

Walker Kessler, Auburn, 7-1, 245, Sophomore — 11.7 points, 8.2 rebounds (0, 42)

James Akinjo, Baylor, 6-1, 190, Senior — 13.4 points, 5.7 assists (0, 35)

JD Notae, Arkansas, 6-2, 190, Senior — 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds (0, 35)

Honorable Mention (alphabetical order): Max Abmas, Oral Roberts; Armando Bacot, North Carolina; Tari Eason, LSU; Zach Edey, Purdue; Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers; Johnny Juzang, UCLA; David Roddy, Colorado State; Alondes Williams, Wake Forest.


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