BIG EAST Places 3 On AP All-America Teams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Three BIG EAST standouts were among the 15 players chosen to the 2010-11 Associated Press All-America Teams announced Monday. Connecticut guard Kemba Walker - a member of two NCAA Final Four teams and the catalyst behind an unprecedented postseason run - was named to the five-man first team. Walker is averaging 25.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game heading into Connecticut's Final Four matchup with Kentucky. Walker, an All-BIG EAST First Team selection, was the winner of the 2011 Dave Gavitt Trophy as the most outstanding player of the BIG EAST Championship after he helped the Huskies to the tournament title by winning five games in five days. Connecticut brings a nine-game postseason winning streak into Saturday's game against Kentucky. Walker was joined on the AP All-America First Team by Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young, Nolan Smith of Duke, Jared Sullinger of Ohio State and JaJuan Johnson of Purdue. Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough was AP All-America Second Team selection after he led the Irish to a second-place finish in the BIG EAST regular-season standings. Hansbrough averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 2010-11. Providence guard Marshon Brooks was an AP All-America Third Team choice. Brooks led the BIG EAST in scoring with 24.6 points per game and averaged 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as well. The three players become the 72nd, 73rd and 74th BIG EAST players to achieve AP All-America status. The conference has had multiple selections in every season since 2006. The list of honorable mention selections includes Georgetown's Austin Freeman, Ashton Gibbs of Pittsburgh, Dwight Hardy of St. John's, Rick Jackson of Syracuse and Brad Wanamaker of Pittsburgh.