USA TODAY Sports unveils its 2019-20 All-American team, national player of the year and national coach of the year:
National player of the year. F Obi Toppin, Dayton: The 6-9 athletic forward is more than just a dunking highlight reel. Toppin can shoot, pass and defend. He was the face of a 29-2 Flyers team that went undefeated in Atlantic 10 play and only lost in overtime. Toppin averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Dayton was well-positioned for a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.
"I think he's the best player in the country," Dayton head coach Anthony Grant said. "There's a lot of really good players in the country. But what he's been able to do, I don't know anybody in the country who's more deserving."
G Payton Pritchard, Oregon: A high-IQ leader for the Ducks, Pritchard became the Pac-12 player of the year as a senior and much more productive and efficient offensively. He scored 38 points in Oregon's 73-72 overtime win over Arizona in February.
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G Markus Howard, Marquette: The Golden Eagles weren't even expected to reach the NCAA tournament with the offseason transfers of Sam and Joey Hauser. But the 5-11 Howard had something to say about that, upping his game from an All-American season in 2018-19. This year, Howard averaged 27.8 points and shot 41% from 3-point range.
C Udoka Azubuike, Kansas: While second-team All-American teammate Devon Dotson has gotten a majority of the attention for the Jayhawks' return to the elite, it's the 7-foot big man who's allowed KU to go inside-out and be the best defensive team in the country. His rim protection is strong; he averaged 2.6 blocks per game. Azubuike scored 13.7 points per game on 75% shooting with 10.5 rebounds.
C Luka Garza, Iowa: Garza, the Big Ten player of the year, had a breakout season in guiding the Hawkeyes to 20-11 record. The 6-11 big man averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, scoring in a variety of ways and wreaking havoc on the low block.
G Devon Dotson, Kansas
G Cassius Winston, Michigan State
G Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
F Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
G Tre Jones, Duke
G Jared Butler, Baylor
G Myles Powell, Seton Hall
G Ty-Shon Alexander, Creighton
F Jordan Nwora, Louisville
F Jalen Smith, Maryland
USA TODAY Sports’ national coach of the year: Brian Dutcher, San Diego State.
Receiving zero votes in the preseason USA TODAY Coaches Poll top 25, Dutcher piloted the Aztecs to a 26-0 start before they finally lost their first game to UNLV. They finished out the regular season as MWC regular-season champions and 30-2 — likely good enough for a No. 2 seed in the West Region if the NCAA tournament took place. Dutcher was a longtime protege of former Fab Five coach Steve Fisher, who transformed SDSU into a California powerhouse during his tenure.
“Steve Fisher won game after game, and then he passed it down to Dutch, and Dutch is on the same path,” All-American guard Malachi Flynn told USA TODAY Sports.
USA TODAY college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson and Providence (R.I.) Journal columnist Kevin McNamara make up the panel. Gleeson is a former Associated Press Poll voter and McNamara is a current AP Poll voter. Follow Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson. Follow McNamara on Twitter @KevinMcNamara.