UCLA's Lonzo Ball lone freshman as first-team All-America selection

Confident he'll be the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft, the UCLA guard has declined an invitation to next month's combine in Chicago.

The NationalAssociation of Basketball Coaches and U.S. Baskektball Writers Association announced their All-America teams on Friday.

The NABC first team had two seniors, a junior, sophomore and one freshman. The USBWA had the same distribution of classes, but with a different junior.

Before Friday's NCAA Tournament games, North Carolina junior Justin Jackson and UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball got to celebrate their selections as first-team All-Americans. The first team was rounded out byKansas senior guard Frank Mason III and Villanova senior guard Josh Hart and Purdue sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan.

Ball is averaging14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and7.6 assists for the third-seeded Bruins. Jackson has posted18.1 points with 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Top-seeded Kansas has rolled into the Elite Eight with Mason leading the way with20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game.

Villanova and Purdue have been eliminated, but Hart (18.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.9 apg) and Swanigan (18.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.1 apg) still had stellar seasons.

Hart, Mason, Ball and Swanigan were also first-team selections on the U.S. Basketball WritersAssociation All-America team. The fifth member of that group was Gonzaga junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss (16.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.7 apg), who leadsthe No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Region.

The NABC second team had Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks, Duke sophomore guard Luke Kennard, Kentucky freshman guard Malik Monk, Baylor junior forwardJohnathan Motley andWilliams-Goss, who will lead the Bulldogs (35-1) against upstart Xavier on Saturday.

Third-team NABC selections are Washington freshman guardMarkelle Fultz,Wisconsin sophomore forward Ethan Happ, Kansas freshman guard Josh Jackson, Arizona freshman forwardLauri Markkanen,and Valparaiso senior forwardAlec Peters.

A few All-Americans are in action Friday night as Justin Jackson will lead the top-seeded Tar Heels against Butler; Ball and the Bruins will play Monk and his Wildcats; Motley will lead the Bears against South Carolina and Happ will try to get Wisconsin to the Elite Eight in Friday's nightcap against Florida.

Brooks, Justin Jackson, Kenard, Monk and Motley were second-team selections on the USBWA All-America team.


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