Earlier this week, the Associated Press released their All-American Teams for the 2018-19 college basketball season. Three Tar Heels who have played their last game in Chapel Hill - Cam Johnson, Luke Maye, and Coby White - did not make the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd teams, but were named Honorable Mentions. Here is AP’s All-American list:
F: Zion Williamson, freshman, Duke
F: Grant Williams, junior, Tennessee
G: RJ Barrett, freshman, Duke
G: Ja Morant, sophomore, Murray State
G: Cassius Winston, junior, Michigan State
F: Rui Hachimura, junior, Gonzaga
F: Jarrett Culver, sophomore, Texas Tech
G: Markus Howard, junior, Marquette
C: Ethan Happ, senior, Wisconsin
G: Carsen Edwards, junior, Purdue
F: De’Andre Hunter, junior, Virginia
F: Dedric Lawson, junior, Kansas
C: Brandon Clarke, junior, Gonzaga
F: PJ Washington, sophomore, Kentucky
G: Kyle Guy, junior, Virginia
Cam finished the season averaging 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, and 1.2 spg on 51% fg and 46% 3-pt.
Luke tallied 14.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 2.3 apg on 43% fg and 29% 3-pt.
Coby put up 16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.1 spg on 42% fg and 35% 3-pt.
As I discussed last month, in other seasons, Cam Johnson would have stood a very good chance of making the list, given his terrific performance this year, especially shooting from the perimeter. He was probably the closest Tar Heel to making one of the teams. However, perusing the fifteen names, it’s hard to find fault with any of the selections (Maybe Cam replaces PJ Washington or Kyle Guy?).
Third-team or not, all three young men had terrific seasons and being named to the Honorable Mention list is no small feat, especially given the balanced nature of this year’s Tar Heel squad. The pain from last weekend’s exit has not gone away, but, as has been our theme all week, we should continue to appreciate just how good of a year this squad had.