Around college basketball: McDermott a three-time All-American

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Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for the Associated Press All-America team yesterday, becoming the first three-time choice in 29 years and the 11th player overall to do so.

McDermott, who led the nation in scoring at 26.9 points a game, joins Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor, Pete Maravich and Bill Walton, among others. The last three-timers were Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma from 1982 to ’85.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being with names of that caliber,” McDermott said.

Three other seniors joined McDermott: Russ Smith of Louisville, Shabazz Napier of Connecticut and Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, all from the American Athletic Conference. Freshman Jabari Parker of Duke was the other first-teamer.

Kilpatrick (20.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists) is Cincinnati’s first All-American since Steve Logan in 2001-02.

Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas (17.5 points per game) was named to the second team.

No surprise: Jayhawks’ Wiggins opts for NBA

Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins made official what he had been saying all along: He is headed to the NBA after his only season with the Jayhawks.

The 6-foot-8 forward, who was voted second-team All-America, is expected to go among the top three picks in the June draft.

“It wasn’t an easy decision because the fans showed me so much love here,” Wiggins said. “I just wish I had more time. College goes by so fast. I can see why people stay all four years.”

Wiggins was the top-rated recruit when he arrived at Kansas. He averaged 17.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in an up-and-down season that ended in an NCAA tournament loss to underdog Stanford.

Coaching carousel

• South Florida hired Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua as coach. Antigua, 41, has spent the past six seasons working under John Calipari, five of them at Kentucky. Antigua replaces the fired Stan Heath, and comes less than a week after USF’s hiring Steve Masiello of Manhattan fell apart because Masiello doesn’t have a college diploma.

• Washington State hired Ernie Kent as coach, four years after he was let go by Oregon. Between 1997 and 2010, Kent took the Ducks to five NCAA tournaments, including two trips to the Elite Eight. He replaces Ken Bone.

• Mike Montgomery is retiring after a college coaching career spanning 32 seasons, the final six at California.

Montgomery, 67, finishes with a 677-317 record, also having spent 18 years at Stanford and eight at Montana, beginning in 1978. He had one trip to the Final Four, in 1998 with the Cardinal.

He spent two seasons as coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, going 68-96 in between stints at Stanford and Cal.

• Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski interviewed for the Marquette job, a source told the Associated Press.

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