With the offseason now upon us, Mid-Major Madness will dedicate this week to honoring the players, coaches, and games that stood above the rest in 2017-18. We continue our series today with the First-team All-Americans. Coach of the Year will be announced later today.
Here’s the full schedule for the week:
MONDAY: Honorable mentions and Breakout Player of the Year
TUESDAY: Third-team All-Americans and Game of the Year
WEDNESDAY: Second-team All-Americans and Freshman of the Year
THURSDAY: First-team All-Americans and Coach of the Year
FRIDAY: Mid-Major Madness Player of the Year
It’s the moment that you’ve all been waiting for. The highly anticipated reveal of the Mid-Major Madness first team All-Americans has arrived, and it’s loaded with the game’s best players. You’ll recognize all of these names because they’ve been on our awards lists before. They’re the cream of the crop in mid-major college basketball.
In alphabetical order:
Jaylen Adams (St. Bonaventure)
The Bonnies’ lead guard was an integral part to their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2012. Adams averaged 19.6 points per game while also dishing out over five assists per contest, all while shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc. In conference play, he upped his scoring to 21 points per game, including a pair of 40-point outings. The Bonnies closed out the regular season by winning 12 straight games, including our Game of the Year thriller against Davidson, thanks largely in part to Adams’ play down the stretch. He’ll be a potential NBA draft pick this summer.
Mike Daum (South Dakota State)
For the second straight year, the Dauminator was a unanimous first team selection. His scoring average dipped to a measly 23.9 PPG, but he increased his presence on the boards to 10.3 RPG to average a double-double. He led the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year, and nearly took down 5 seed Ohio State in the first round with a 27-point outing against the Buckeyes. Now the question turns to where he’ll play next year. He’ll be eligible as a graduate transfer, and he could decide to turn pro. However, Daum has said he wants to finish his career at SDSU, and his return would make South Dakota State one of the best mid-majors in the country next year.
Chandler Hutchison (Boise State)
Hutchison improved his game every single year at Boise State and became one of the most versatile players in the country by his senior year. The swingman is capable of beating you off the bounce or from behind the arc, and he poured in 20 points per game during his senior campaign. Hutchison secured 12 double-doubles over the course of the year, and had a season-high of 44 points against San Diego State in January. His athleticism and skillset will make him a potential first round pick in the NBA Draft this summer.
Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
We’ll have more on Jock later this week (spoiler alert), but one of the nation’s most efficient players found his way onto the first team for the second straight year. Averaging 21 and 10 on 64 percent shooting earned him a unanimous selection for the second straight year. Saint Mary’s had an underwhelming season given the expectations, but Jock was as good as ever. He finished fourth in the Kenpom Player of the Year rankings, and led the nation with 20 game MVPs.
Caleb Martin (Nevada)
Never count out Nevada, especially when Martin is on the floor. Texas and Cincinnati learned that the hard way as the Mountain West POY led the Wolf Pack to the Sweet 16. As the catalyst for one of the nation’s best offenses, Martin averaged almost 19 points per game. His ability to score in isolations made him a mismatch all over the floor, which Nevada exploited en route to a 29-8 record. Martin’s offseason decision will be one of the most important in college basketball. If he decides to keep his name in the NBA Draft, Nevada will take a slight hit. If he comes back, however, the Wolf Pack could be looking at a top 10 team nationally next year.