Frank Mason III, Lonzo Ball Headline AP College Basketball All-American Team

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 25:  Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the second half against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2016-17 men's college basketball All-American teams were released Tuesday, per the Associated Press official website.

2016-17 College Basketball All-Americans
First TeamSecond TeamThird Team
Frank Mason III, KansasNigel Williams-Goss, GonzagaJosh Jackson, Kansas
Josh Hart, VillanovaLuke Kennard, DukeMarkelle Fultz, Washington
Caleb Swanigan, PurdueMalik Monk, KentuckyBonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Lonzo Ball, UCLADillon Brooks, OregonEthan Happ, Wisconsin
Justin Jackson, North CarolinaJohnathan Motley, BaylorLauri Markkanen, Arizona

The AP noted the teams were chosen by the 65 media members who vote on the AP Top 25 on a weekly basis during the regular season. The voters took the regular season and conference tournaments into consideration for the All-American teams, but not the NCAA tournament.

Kansas is the only school with two representatives in first-teamer Frank Mason III and third-teamer Josh Jackson, but that didn't help much against the Oregon Ducks in the Elite Eight. Still, it is hard to blame Mason considering he scored a team-high 21 points and had just one turnover as a ball-dominant guard in that contest.

As for the Final Four teams, North Carolina's Justin Jackson will be the only first-teamer to step on the floor Saturday.

South Carolina was absent from the All-American teams but saw Sindarius Thornwell earn honorable mention status. Gonzaga also had an honorable mention in Przemek Karnowski to go along with second-teamer Nigel Williams-Goss. Oregon's Dillon Brooks joined Williams-Goss on the second team.

Elsewhere, Washington's Markelle Fultz (third team) and UCLA's Lonzo Ball (first team) stand out as the Nos. 1 and 2 prospects, respectively, on Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman's recent big board of NBA draft hopefuls.

NBA teams are likely looking at the upside of the two guards more than anything else, but their inclusion on the All-American teams at the collegiate level underscores how productive they can each be on the floor.

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