Dominant Duo: Cauley-Stein and Towns named All-Americans
03/30/2015 04:28 PM
The Associated Press and National Association of Basketball Coaches both named Kentucky’s Willie-Cauley Stein a First Team All-American and added freshman Karl-Anthony Towns to the Second Team.
With the honor, Cauley-Stein becomes UK’s 25th consensus First Team All-American, tied with Purdue and North Carolina for the second most all-time. Kansas has the most with 28.
Anthony Davis was the Wildcats’ last consensus First Team All-America selection, receiving the honor in 2012.
The junior forward has been one of the leading contributor so Kentucky’s 38-0 season so far and advancement into the Final Four of the men’s Division I NCAA Tournament. He averages 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and is the first AP First-Team All-American selection to average less than 10 points per game, though he only averages 25.8 minutes per game as part of head coach John Calipari’s platoon system.
Cauley-Stein makes most of his reputation as the anchor of one of the nation’s best defenses. The SEC Defensive Player of the year leads UK in steals (65. 1.2 per game) while ranking second in blocked shots (65, 1.7 per game). Kentucky boasts the top-ranked field-goal percentage defense in the nation.
Towns lead UK with eight double-doubles this season and averages 10.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. The freshman forward has turned up his play in the NCAA Tournament, scoring a career and game-high 25 points in Kentucky’s Elite Eight victory over No. 3 seed Notre Dame while also totaling career highs in assists (4) and steals (2).
Towns took home the Midwest Regional MVP award for his play and already received the SEC Freshman of the Year and First Team All-SEC honors.