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Monday, March 7, 2022

KU’s Ochai Agbaji earns first-team All-American nod from The Sporting News

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, center, drives around Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, center, drives around Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson (0) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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One day after being named the Big 12 Conference player of the year by the league’s coaches, Kansas senior Ochai Agbaji landed his first All-American honor.

Voted a first-teamer by The Sporting News, Agbaji is well on his way to racking up a collection of All-American nods, with most expecting him to land on the first team of many of the postseason All-American teams.

Agbaji has been tracking toward these types of accolades since the opening night of the season, when he dropped 29 points on Michigan State in the Champions Classic last November. That performance proved to be a springboard for a season that featured 17 20-point games and five games of 25 points or more.

As TSN pointed out in its blurb about Agbaji, his defining moment of the season came when he scored 37 points in a home win over Texas Tech. Included in those 37 points was a 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime to save the Jayhawks and force a second OT.

By season’s end, that shot and the Kansas victory it led to, helped KU earn a share of the Big 12 regular season title.

In addition to being KU’s top threat, Agbaji led the Big 12 in scoring at 19.8 points per game while finishing second in the conference in both 3-point percentage (41.1%) and 3-point makes per game (2.9).

His scoring average put him 25th in the nation and his 3-point percentage was good for the 26th best mark in NCAA Division I.

Joining Agbaji on 2021-22 Sporting News All-American first team were Johnny Davis (Wisconsin), Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Keegan Murray (Iowa) and Kofi Cockburn (Illinois).

Here's a list of Agbaji's 2021-22 honors to date...

The Sporting News All-America First Team

Big 12 Player of the Year

All-Big 12 First Team

Wooden Award Final Ballot (1 of 15)

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Finalist (1 of 5)

Academic All-Big 12 Second Team

co-Big 12 Player of the Week (Feb. 21)

Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Midseason Team (1 of 30)

Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Watch List (top 10)

Big 12 Player of the Week (1.24.22)

The Sporting News Midseason All-American Second Team

Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 17)

Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 22)

Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 15)

Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Watch List (1 of 50)

NABC Player of the Year Watch List (1 of 20)

Preseason All-Big 12

Comments

Andy Godwin 4 months ago

Happy to hear that Ochai Agbaji is being acknowledged nationally for his efforts and obvious improvements from the years past. Odds are that Oscar Tshiebwe is likely to garner most if not all of the player of the year awards.

Dirk Medema 4 months ago

Oscar has had a crazy year. Not just a DD, but strong. Glad we only had to face him once - so far.

Also crazy that the other 3 are all BigTen, and that without Jaden Ivey, Purdue, who was getting POTY comments.

Rodney Crain 4 months ago

1 down 3 to go to be a Consensus All American.

Consensus 2021 College Basketball All-American team will be determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams. The four major electors are The Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), Sporting News (SN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC)

Results are graded as - Three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used.

Congrats OA! Well Deserved.

Brian Babcock 3 months, 4 weeks ago

I don't get out much so I haven't heard how it works to be a ''Consensus All American" though I've heard that term used before. I've always assumed it's cover for someone basically saying "Everyone agrees with me" to try and lend heft to their opinion without there being any actual math behind the claim.

I'm not trying to be funny (it just accidentally happens often, at least in my head). Are you laying out Rodney Crain's Consensus All American team criteria or is there an organization named Consensus and you are explaining their criteria?

Will this work the same in 2022?

I wholeheartedly agree with congratulating Mr. Agbaji!

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