The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced
on Wednesday the 2018 NABC Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. The teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of
Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton was named first-team All American by the NABC. He joins Jalen Brunson (Villanova), Marvin
Bagley III (Duke), Devonte’ Graham (Kansas) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) on the first-team.
Congratulations to all of the 2017-18 NABC Division I All-Americans!
Ayton is also a finalist for the Naismith Award, given to the top player in college basketball. Ayton, Bagley, Graham and
Brunson are the four finalist for the award.
The freshman led the Wildcats to a Pac-12 regular season and tournament title this year and will head to the NBA Draft.
He was named Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Tournament MVP and Pac-12 freshman of the year. The 7-foot-1 forward is averaged
20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), located in Kansas City, Mo., was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog”
Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach.