NABC names KU's Azubuike, Dotson to All-American teams

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a dunk after a lob from Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) delivers a dunk after a lob from Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) during the first half on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tuesday morning brought yet another set of honors for Kansas basketball standouts Udoka Azubuike and Devon Dotson, who both were recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for their strong 2019-20 seasons.

Azubuike on Tuesday was named an NABC first team All-American after averaging 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks this season and leading the Big 12 with 15 double-doubles.

The senior center from Nigeria was named Big 12 Player of the Year by both the coaches and the media and has been on several first- and second-team All-American squads from other organizations, as well.

He remains a Naismith Trophy national player of the year finalist.

Dotson, meanwhile, earned a spot on the NABC’s second team after leading the Big 12 in scoring with an average of 18.1 points per game this season.

Dotson, a sophomore from Charlotte, was among the Big 12 leaders in several statistical categories, including steals, free throws made and minutes played, and he also spent time on several national player of the year watch lists and semifinalist lists throughout the season.

Azubuike was joined on the first team by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Marquette’s Markus Howard and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.

The second team was made up of Dotson, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn, Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell and Michigan State’s Cassius Winston.

The NABC third team included Baylor’s Jared Butler, Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr., and Tre Jones, Louisville’s Jordan Nwora and Maryland’s Jalen Smith.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas.

Allen, a student of James Naismith, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game.

The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches.

According to its website, the mission of the NABC is for its members to share and uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game — advocacy, leadership, service and education — by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes.