Senior forward Doug McDermott of Creighton was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press All-America team on Monday. He is the first three-time selection to the AP first team since 1985 and the 11th player to accomplish the feat.
McDermott, who led the nation in scoring at 26.9 points a game, joins legends Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), Pete Maravich and Bill Walton, among others. The last three-time All-Americans were Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma, who were named to the team for the third time 29 years ago.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being with names of that caliber,” McDermott said. “Truly an honor to be an All-American three straight years. It’s hard to wrap my mind around being in the company of those guys.”
McDermott was one of four seniors on this year’s All-America team, which included freshman Jabari Parker of Duke. The other seniors all came from the first-season American Athletic Conference: Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati.
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Nick Johnson of Arizona was the leading vote-getter on the second team and was joined by freshman Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Nik Stauskas of Michigan, Melvin Ejim of Iowa State and T.J. Warren of North Carolina State.
Cal’s Montgomery retires
BERKELEY, Calif. – California coach Mike Montgomery announced his retirement.
Montgomery, 67, was 130-73 at Cal, the most victories in a six-season stretch in school history. The Golden Bears were 21-14 this season and failed to make the NCAA tournament.
Montgomery ends his career with a 677-317 record, having coached for 18 seasons at Stanford and eight at Montana.
“It’s all good, it’s all positive,” he said at a news conference. “It’s all for the right reasons. I feel really good about my decision at this time. I just think it’s time.”
Montgomery broke down in tears when he told players at a meeting.
Montgomery recommended associate head coach Travis DeCuire as his successor, pointing to his work at improving the academic performance of the team and his strong relationship with the players.
DeCuire has Washington ties. He coached Green River Community College from 2001 to 2003 and previously coached Sammamish High School in Bellevue.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour said DeCuire is a “significant candidate” but added she will conduct a national search to find the person who is the “absolute best fit” for Cal.
• South Florida hired 41-year-old Orlando Antigua, a Kentucky assistant, as coach. He replaces the fired Stan Heath.
Last week, South Florida had an agreement in principle with Manhattan’s Steve Masiello. The deal fell apart because a background check showed Masiello lacks a college degree.
• Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski , 37, interviewed for the vacant Marquette job, a source told AP.