Shabazz Napier, Connecticut—18.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.9 apg
- Napier was already a hands-down, first-team All-American before the postseason, but his NCAA Tournament performance has elevated him to a new level. Napier has led No. 7 seed Connecticut to the Final Four, averaging 23.3 points and shooting 45.2% from beyond the arc in the four games.
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State—17.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 5.9 apg
- Kane transferred up a level from Marshall to Iowa State, and he performed better against the better competition. Kane turned in the best season of his career as one of the most dominant players in the Big 12.
Russ Smith, Louisville—18.2 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.0 spg
- Smith was a dynamic scorer in college basketball for two seasons. Although he averaged fewer points per game this season compared to last, he overall was much better his senior year. He shot a career-high 46.8% from the field and 38.7% from 3-point range, his best mark since he was a scrub as a freshman. He also dished out a career-high 4.6 assists per game as Louisville’s lead distributor.
Doug McDermott, Creighton—26.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 44.9 3P%
- McDermott easily walked away with the National Player of the Year award. The Creighton senior was simply the best scorer in the country, leading the nation in points per game and doing so very efficiently. McDermott shot 52.6% from the field and nearly 45% from beyond the arc. He was also the Bluejays’ leading rebounder.
Jabari Parker, Duke—19.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg
- Despite being a freshman, Parker was the most NBA-ready player in college basketball this season. The Chicago native was second in the ACC in scoring and led the conference in rebounding. He scored at least 20 points in 18 games.
Nick Johnson, Arizona—16.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati—20.6 ppg, 2.5 apg, 1.4 spg
Nik Stauskas, Michigan—17.5 ppg, 3.3 apg, 44.2 3P%
Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico—20.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 55.6 FG%
Melvin Ejim, Iowa State—17.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 50.5 FG%
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse—12.9 ppg, 5.5 apg, 2.1 spg
Fred VanVleet, Wichita State—11.6 ppg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 spg
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas—17.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State—16.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg
C.J. Fair, Syracuse—16.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Coach of the Year
Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
- Regardless of league and schedule, to lead any team into the NCAA Tournament with an undefeated record is remarkable. And that’s exactly what Gregg Marshall did. Though his Shockers bowed out of the NCAA Tournament to eventual Midwest-Region champion Kentucky in the Round of 32, their 35-0 start to the season is part of college basketball’s record books.