OMAHA, Neb . - Less than 24 hours before he heads to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament, the honors keep rolling in for Creighton junior forward Kyle Korver. Today Korver earned an honorable mention spot on the Associated Press All-America squad.
Despite December knee surgery that caused him to miss three games, Korver leads Creighton in scoring (15.1), rebounding (5.6), assists (3.22) and steals (1.59) per game. He ranks among the top-15 of the MVC leaders in 11 different categories.
Korver earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year two weeks ago after leading CU to a share of a second-straight regular-season title. Eight days ago, he was named MVC Tournament MVP while leading the Bluejays past Southern Illinois and to a fourth consecutive trip to the "Big Dance".
The 6-7 native of Pella, Iowa had been honored by collegeinsider.com last week as a Mid-Major All-American and chosen as the site's MVC Player of the Year. Korver was the only MVC representative on the AP's All-America squad.
Korver is just the fourth Associated Press All-American selection at Creighton in the last 25 years, joining Rodney Buford (1999), Vernon Moore (1985) and Benoit Benjamin (1984 and 1985).
The Associated Press selects three teams of five men each. A total of 52 others were on the honorable-mention All-America squad, including preseason first-team selections Frank Williams (Illinois) and Kareem Rush (Missouri).
Creighton (22-8) will travel to Chicago on Wednesday in preparation for Friday's 11:30 a.m. game vs. #14 Florida (22-8). The Gators' Matt Bonner and Udonis Haslem were honorable-mention picks as well.
All-America Men's Basketball Team
By The Associated Press
Jason Williams, Duke, 6-2, 195, junior, 21.7 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.1 steals (72 first-place votes, 360 total points).