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Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein a unanimous All-America selection

Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein.
Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein. The Associated Press

With The Associated Press’ and National Association of Basketball Coaches’ All-America teams released Monday, college basketball has a consensus.

Selection to two of the four teams is required for consensus All-America status. The other two teams, by the United States Basketball Writers Association of America and The Sporting News, had been released earlier this month.

Four players are unanimous selections, including Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein, a graduate of Olathe Northwest High.

Cauley-Stein, a junior, averages 9.3 points and 6.4 rebounds for a Wildcats team loaded with talent. Kentucky takes a 38-0 record into the Final Four this weekend.

Two others at the Final Four — Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky and Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor — are unanimous All-America selections, and the fourth is Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell.

Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant also is a consensus All-American.

On the AP team, three Kansas City-area players received honorable mention. Kansas’ Perry Ellis received one first-team vote, and UMKC guard Martez Harrison received a vote for the second or third team. Davidson’s Tyler Kalinoski, who graduated from Olathe East, also received a vote for the second or third team.

Wichita State’s Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet also received honorable mention on the AP team.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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