April 2, 2019 / 4:51 PM / 8 months ago

Morant joins Duke's Williamson, Barrett on All-American team

FILE PHOTO: Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) and Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett (5) during practice for the east regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Freshmen Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett of Duke headline the 2019 college basketball All-American team announced Tuesday.

Murray State guard Ja Morant, Tennessee forward Grant Williams and Michigan State point guard Cassius Winston round out the team.

Williamson and Barrett are the first freshman teammates named to the first team since John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins of Kentucky in 2010.

Williamson was a unanimous selection by 64 Associated Press voters, averaging 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.8 blocks per game. Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 boards and 4.3 assists.

Both players are expected to depart Duke for the NBA draft. Williamson is projected as the No. 1 overall pick, while Barrett and Morant are being discussed as likely options for the teams holding the second and third picks.

Morant is the first All-American in Murray State history. He averaged 24.5 points and led the nation with 10.0 assists per game as a sophomore.

Winston was the Big Ten Player of the Year and enters the Final Four averaging 18.9 points and 7.6 assists. Coach Tom Izzo said the Spartans went to Winston directly to ask him to carry the load when injuries hit starters Jeremy Langford and Nick Ward. The junior did just that and is the lone All-American still playing in April.

Williams was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. The junior averaged 18.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

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