Gonzaga’s first stint on top of The Associated Press’ college basketball poll lasted through the final Top 25 of the season.
The Bulldogs (31-2), the fourth of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament, were a runaway No. 1 for a third straight week on Monday, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. They become the first school from a non-BCS conference to finish No. 1 in the final poll since Massachusetts of the Atlantic 10 in 1996.
Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, is second and got the other first-place votes. Kansas and Indiana – the other No. 1 seeds – are third and fourth followed by Miami, Duke, Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan State and Michigan.
Five schools held the No. 1 ranking this season – Indiana (10 weeks), Duke (5), Gonzaga (3), Louisville (1) and Michigan (1).
IU’s Oladipo, Zeller earn honors
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo and forward Cody Zeller were named All-Americans by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Oladipo, who averaged 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, was named to the USBWA first team, and Zeller, who averaged 16.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, was named to the second team. This is the first time the Hoosiers have had two All-Americans since 1976 (Scott May and Kent Benson).
Illinois, Indiana stars honored
Four-time Illinois state champion Jabari Parker and Indiana standout Taya Reimer have been picked as the national prep basketball players of the year. The award, named for legendary Maryland high school coach Morgan Wootten, is awarded annually to the top male and female McDonald’s All-American players. Parker, a 6-foot-8 star from Chicago Simeon, has verbally committed to attend Duke. Reimer, an all-state forward from Hamilton Southeastern, played on a gold medal U.S. Under-17 World Championship team. She is expected to play for Notre Dame.
13 area players make Top 100
Thirteen seniors from northeast Indiana were named to the Hoosier Basketball Top 100 list, which will eventually be cut down for the Top 60 workout. Area players on the list are Columbia City’s Drew Benedict and Derek Hinen, Northrop’s Bryson Scott and Brenton Scott, New Haven’s V.J. Beachem, Warsaw’s Jared Bloom, Adams Central’s Dalton Combs, Homestead’s Nick Gamble, Fremont’s Tyler Jenkins, Huntington North’s Noah Reed, Concordia’s Thomas Starks, Canterbury’s Trent VanHorn and Norwell’s Josh VanMeter.
Around the NBA
The Los Angeles Lakers were without Kobe Bryant for the second game in a row Monday at Phoenix because of a sprained left ankle. A person familiar with the decision says Philadelphia says 76ers center Andrew Bynum will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees today.
AWP team wins tournament
The AWP Sports’ 7-on-7 team won the regional championship last weekend at Youngstown State. The title qualifies AWP for the New Level Athletics Nationals in Las Vegas in June. New Haven’s Jordan Hogue was named the team offensive MVP and South Side’s Donovan Clark was the team defensive MVP. Also on the team from northeast Indiana are Concordia’s David Morrison, Bishop Dwenger’s Mike Fiacable, Bishop Luers’ Austin Mack, Bishop Dwenger’s Ryan Wattercutter, Wayne’s Zack Ryan and Kye Black, Snider’s Andreas Gomez, Heritage’s Carlos Sanchez, North Side’s D’Marcus Moon, Bishop Luers’ JyQuel Jemison, Carroll’s Drue and Justin Tranquill, Northrop’s Andre Hamilton and South Side’s Shaton Harris. Coaches are Antoine Taylor, Dre Muhammad, Derek Moore, Virgil Tharp and Carl Thomas.
Beasley rejoins US for Cup qualifyers
Fort Wayne native DaMarcus Beasley, a 30-year-old midfielder who is a veteran of three World Cups, will rejoin the U.S. team for World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. It will be the first games for Beasley since last summer’s exhibition win at Mexico.
Lakeland senior signs with IPFW
Lakeland Christian Academy senior Stephen Danielian recently signed with the IPFW program. Danielian was a four-year starter for the Cougars and had 33 goals and eight assists as a senior.