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CBSSports.com All-America teams, Player of Year, Coach of Year

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Some media outlets, for whatever reason, distribute awards immediately after the final Sunday of the regular season. But that's never made much sense to me because it's a good way to miss Kemba Walker tearing through Madison Square Garden, at which point you look silly when he's not celebrated and recognized properly.

Me?

I'd rather not look silly.

(That's what my bracket is for!)

So we at CBSSports.com have waited until just before the Final Four to distribute awards that take into account everything that's happened from November to now. Here are the results:

Player of the Year

Doug McDermott

Creighton

6-8 | Sr. | Forward

Why he won: McDermott averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 44.9 from 3-point range, and he was clearly the nation's best player this year. The ending, that 85-55 loss to Baylor in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament was equal parts shocking and bad. But the 6-foot-8 forward still led Creighton to 27 wins and a 14-4 record in its first season in the Big East, and McDermott did this while eclipsing 3,000 points for his career.

Coach of the Year

Gregg Marshall

Wichita State

Why he won: Marshall's Shockers became the first team in more than two decades to enter Selection Sunday with a perfect record, and they are the only Division I team to ever start a season 35-0. Things ended abruptly -- with a 78-76 loss to Kentucky in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament. But the 35-1 record means Wichita State won 97.2 percent of its games this season, and that's hard to do regardless of any league affiliation.

Freshman of the Year

Jabari Parker

Duke

6-8 | Forward

Why he won: Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Blue Devils, who were ranked in the top 10 for most of a season in which they won 26 games. Yes, Duke got bounced in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament, and that was weird. But Parker was still the most polished first-year player in the nation, and nobody should be surprised if he's the 2015 NBA Rookie of the Year.

2013-14 CBSSports.com All-America team

Scottie Wilbekin

Florida

6-2 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Wilbekin is only averaging 13.4 points and 3.7 assists. But he's clearly the most important player on the nation's top-ranked team, and the Gators are actually undefeated this season in games in which Wilkebin was neither suspended nor injured.

Shabazz Napier

UConn

6-1 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Napier is the best big-shot maker in college basketball, a dynamic playmaker who has led the Huskies to the Final Four. He's not Kemba, but he's something close. He got 25 points in UConn's win over Michigan State in the Elite Eight and is now averaging 18.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

Russ Smith

Louisville

6-0 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Smith won't win back-to-back titles, but his senior season was statistically better than his junior season, and his junior season was terrific. The New York native averaged 18.2 points and 4.6 assists while shooting a career-high 46.8 percent from the field and a career-high 38.7 percent from 3-pointer range.

Jabari Parker

Duke

6-8 | Fr. | Forward

Comment: What Parker lacked on the defensive end of the court he made it up for on the offensive end by averaging 19.1 points while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. The freshman star averaged three more points and nearly two more rebounds per game than any other Blue Devil.

Doug McDermott

Creighton

6-8 | Sr. | Forward

Comment: McDermott went from an unheralded recruit to one of college basketball's best players in history in the span of three years. He averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds for a winning and nationally relevant Big East team.

Second team

Kyle Anderson

UCLA

6-9 | So. | Guard

Comment: Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists for a UCLA team that made the Sweet 16. He is expected to enter the NBA Draft.

Sean Kilpatrick

Cincinnati

6-4 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Kilpatrick averaged 20.6 points and 4.3 rebounds for a Cincinnati team that won the AAC. He scored more than 2,000 points in his career.

Nik Stauskas

Michigan

6-6 | So. | Guard

Comment: Stauskas averaged 17.5 points for a Michigan team that won the Big Ten and played in the Elite Eight. He's expected to enter the NBA Draft.

Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

6-8 | Fr. | Forward

Comment: Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for a Kansas team that won the Big 12. He has declared for the NBA Draft.

Julius Randle

Kentucky

6-9 | Fr. | Forward

Comment: Randle is averaging 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds for a Kentucky team that's in the Final Four. He's expected to enter the NBA Draft.

Third team

Xavier Thames

San Diego State

6-3 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Thames averaged 17.6 points for a San Diego State team that won the MWC and made the Sweet 16. He scored nearly 1,400 points in his four-year career.

Nick Johnson

Arizona

6-3 | Jr. | Guard

Comment: Johnson averaged 16.3 points for an Arizona team that won the Pac-12 and played in the Elite Eight. He was named Pac-12 Player of the Year.

DeAndre Kane

Iowa State

6-4 | Sr. | Guard

Comment: Kane averaged 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assits for an Iowa State team that made the Sweet 16. He spent one year at Iowa State after three at Marshall.

Cleanthony Early

Wichita State

6-8 | Sr. | Forward

Comment: Early averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds for a Wichita State team that finished 35-1. He's now been both a junior college and Division I All-American.

Cameron Bairstow

New Mexico

6-9 | Sr. | Forward

Comment: Bairstow averaged 20.4 points and 7.4 rebounds for a New Mexico team that won the MWC tournament. His point total more than double from his junior to his senior season.

Freshman All-America Team

Tyler Ennis

Syracuse

6-2 | Guard

Comment: Ennis averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists for a Syracuse team that was ranked No. 1. He has declared for the NBA Draft.

Aaron Harrison

Kentucky

6-6 | Guard

Comment: Harrison is averaging 14.1 points for a Kentucky team that's in the Final Four. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer in UK's victory over Michigan.

Andrew Wiggins

Kansas

6-8 | Forward

Comment: Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds for a Kansas team that won the Big 12. He has declared fro the NBA Draft.

Jabari Parker

Duke

6-8 | Forward

Comment: Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for a Duke team that won 26 games. He's expected to declare for the NBA Draft.

Julius Randle


Kentucky
6-9 | Forward
Comment: Randle is averaging 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds for a Kentucky team that's in the Final Four.

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