The accolades continue to pour in for Keegan Murray after one of the most remarkable Iowa basketball seasons ever -- and one of the most impressive men's college basketball seasons, period. We broke down some of the numbers behind Keegan's incredible season yesterday. He was also recognized by the AP as a first-team All-American yesterday.
Given Murray's prolific numbers this season -- and the fact that he helped guide Iowa to a Big Ten Tournament title last weekend -- naming him a first team All-American seems like a no-brainer. And yet!
The top talent in college basketball!— NABC (@NABC1927) March 16, 2022
Announcing the 2021-22 NABC Division I All-America Teams! pic.twitter.com/DGl1vEMb9r
Basketball coaches gonna basketball coach, I guess.
The AP first-team All America honors add to the Sporting News first-team All American status that Murray received a week ago. Those two accolades, combined with the second-team nod from the NABC, leave Murray in line to earn consensus All-American status. The last remaining All-American list that factors into that determination is the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA); that organization has not yet announced its 2022 All-American honorees. If they name Murray to the first team, though, he'll lock up consensus All-American honors for the season. Which would be pretty cool (and wholly deserved).
Still, regardless of what happens on the consensus All-American front, Keegan Murray's incredible season continues a remarkable trend for Iowa men's basketball:
2020: Luka— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) March 15, 2022
Three straight years with a first-team selection, after not having one since 1952., https://t.co/R5iz7s83rD
Three years in a row with a first-team selection -- after not having any first-team honorees in the preceding 68 years. We have been blessed with the ability to watch some absolutely incredible individual talent lace it up for the Hawkeyes for the last few seasons. Let's be sure to savor it.