AP Names Deshaun Thomas a 3rd Team All-American

By Chris Lauderback on April 1, 2013 at 1:53p

A 3rd team selection for Deshaun Thomas sounds about right.

The AP first team was comprised of: Trey Burke, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr, and Kelly Olynyk.

Burke and Porter tied as the leading vote-getters while McDermott was a 1st team selection for the second consecutive season.

Cody Zeller was a 2nd team selection.

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Danify's picture

How can a person who leads scoring in the B1G on one of the best teams in the country be only 3rd team ?

Buckeye Chuck's picture

Russ Smith scored nearly as many points for an even better team, and he's also third team AA. 
I can see a case for taking one of the point guards off the second-team AA list and replacing him with Thomas, but we're not talking about some sort of world-historical travesty.

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weimerad's picture

Oladipo is sooooo overrated. 

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

It might be too early to proclaim Oladipo overrated, but also was way too early to heap the praise on him like this year. He certainly had moments when he was spectacular, but also large chunks when he all but disappeared.
Maybe another way of looking at your analysis is to see how, outside of Burke, the other four first-teamers performed in the tourney. Unimpressive mostly.

d1145fresh's picture

He is the only 'highlight' player on a big name team and that gives him an extra boost IMO. What really shows to me is if I was picking a team from the B1G he would probably be my 6-8th pick 

hail2victors9's picture

I have to disagree with the 11W staff on this one.  At worst, 2nd team AA, IMO.

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RedStorm45's picture

We saw that Olynyk (and Gonzaga) played nobody.  Overrated.  Oladipo is overrated.
I get Burke and McDermott but Deshaun carried a top 10 team for much of the season.

Mr. Slick's picture

Third team all american
First team in your heart