Over the course of the last several weeks, most UC fans have been tracking Sean Kilpatrick’s 1st-Team All-American aspirations. It’s been basically assumed that the senior guard and Cincinnati’s #2 all time leading scorer would be an All-American in some capacity. But will he be the first Bearcat since Steve Logan in 2002 to be named a first teamer? Well that was still up in the air.
In order to be named a consensus 1st-Team All-American on the NCAA’s official list, Kilpatrick would have to be named as such by four major media outlets; the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the United States Basketball Writers Association, and Sporting News. Here are the teams the UC senior has been named to by each organization.
Even though he’s been getting mixed praise, Kilpatrick could still sneak onto the official All-American 1st-Team by way of a point system the NCAA applies to the process. A player is given three points if they are on the 1st-Team, two points if they’re on the 2nd-Team, and one point if they are on the 3rd-Team. Based on the three-of-four media outlets, Kilpatrick would have seven points towards his official All-American honors.
But only five players can be named to each team and as of now the following players are ahead of him in the “standings”:
- Nick Johnson (Arizona): 9 points
- Doug McDermott (Creighton): 9 points
- Jabari Parker (Duke): 9 points
- Shabazz Napier (UConn): 8 points
- Russ Smith (Louisville): 8 points
With one remaining team to be released, Nick Johnson, Doug McDermott, and Jabari Parker are locks as first teamers. The only players Kilpatrick could jump are Shabazz Napier and Russ Smith, if they are named to the Associated Press third team and receiving one point (nine total). The UC player would then have to be named to the AP first team, receiving three points, and giving him ten total. But, let’s be honest, that scenario isn’t happening. Napier and Smith are at worst second teamers. Kilpatrick has to hope he earns 1st-Team honors from the AP voters and wins the tiebreaker over Napier and Smith to slide into the NCAA’s official first team list.
So it looks like the Cincinnati guard still has a shot to be named a 1st-Team All-American. But he’ll need a little luck with the Associated Press otherwise he’ll drop down to the 2nd-Team. Even if it does play out like that, those are still some pretty lofty honors for Kilpatrick. Being named an All-American on any team puts him among the top 10-15 players in all of college basketball, which is quite the praise for the Bearcat who did so much for this program. I’ll certainly be overjoyed no matter which team he lands on.