Despite a disappointing end to the season, Jared Sullinger received good news today as he was selected a first team AP All-American. Sullinger collected 58 votes from a panel of 65 Associated Press members -- the same group who vote for the AP top 25 rankings.
Sullinger was the only freshman selection after a dominating year in the Big Ten where he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds a game. With the selection, it gives Ohio State back-to-back first team All-Americans after Evan Turner was voted to last year’s team.
"I felt he was going to have a great impact not just on our program but on college basketball,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said. “The productivity he's had throughout the course of the season has really been incredible. He so much fun to coach. As I've said, if I was starting a team, I'd select him to be our first player."
Sullinger was joined by fellow Big Ten member Jujuan Johnson, the 6-10 senior from Purdue who averaged 20 points and eight rebounds a game. Nolan Smith of Duke, Kemba Walker of UConn and Jimmer Fredette of BYU round out the first team selections.