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Doug McDermott, Kelly Olynyk Named AP All-Americans

The Creighton forward becomes the 51st player to be named to the team in consecutive seasons. Kelly Olynyk earns the mid-major breakout award, coming from nowhere to earn his spot.

Swagger personified
Swagger personified
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Doug McDermott likes to make history. If he comes back for his senior season, he may have the chance to go it again.

The Creighton star was named to the AP All-American first team Monday for the second year in a row, becoming the 51st player to earn the honor two years in a row. McDermott averaged 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds for the Bluejays as they reached the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

He is joined on the first team by Michigan's Trey Burke and Georgetown's Otto Porter -- tied for the leading vote total -- Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.

Olynyk becomes the third player from Gonzaga to earn All-American honors, joining Adam Morrison and Dan Dickau. He returned from a redshirt season last year to become a major interior force for the Bulldogs. His unexpected production leap allowed Gonzaga to climb to the first No. 1 ranking in school history and earn the top seed in the West Region in the NCAA Tournament.

The second team was led by Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Smart who earned 190 points and 11 first-place votes. He is joined by Duke's Mason Plumlee, Indiana's Cody Zeller, Miami's Shane Larkin and Kansas freshman Ben McLemore.

The third team features the only other mid-major representative in this year's all-american class. South Dakota State's Nate Wolters got the nod, along with Kansas' Jeff Withey, Virginia Tech's Erick Green, Ohio State's DeShaun Thomas and Louisville's Russ Smith.