Wichita State junior Cleanthony Early was named to the NCAA’s All-Tournament team on Monday, the first Shocker to earn that honor.
Early, a forward from Middletown, N.Y., scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Saturday’s national semifinal loss to Louisville in the Georgia Dome. He averaged 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in five NCAA games, making 30 of 60 shots.
He also scored 21 points in a second-round win over Pittsburgh and 16 in a Sweet 16 win over Gonzaga.
Early is the first player from the Missouri Valley Conference named to the all-tournament team since Indiana State’s Larry Bird in 1979.
Louisville’s Luke Hancock was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The NCAA named seven players to the all-tournament team because of a tie in voting.