The Associated Press' 2020-21 men's basketball preseason All-America team is a crowded one with six players named to the first team, it was announced Wednesday.
Oklahoma State freshman Cade Cunningham made the cut, as did Iowa senior Luke Garza, Baylor junior Jared Butler and Illinois junior Ayo Dosunmu. The final spot was a tie between Gonzaga senior Corey Kispert and Arizona State senior Remy Martin, creating the six-man team.
Garza, a 6-foot-11 forward, was the lone unanimous voting choice, receiving 64 votes. He was named All-American last year and averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, finishing second to Obi Toppin of Dayton as the news service's player of the year.
Despite showing some interest in moving on to the NBA, Garza ultimately chose to return for his final season at Iowa, which is ranked No. 5 in the AP's preseason poll.
Butler, a third-team All-America selection last season, also considered a move to the NBA before electing to return to the Bears. The 6-3 guard averaged 16.0 points with 3.1 assists per game and comes back to a program ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll.
Despite not playing a game yet at the college level, Cunningham became Oklahoma State's first preseason All-America honoree since Marcus Smart in 2013. The 2020 Naismith High School Player of the Year out of Montverde Academy in Florida is the fifth freshman to earn the honor in the past six seasons.
Kispert is a 6-7 sharpshooter, who went 43.8 percent from 3-point range a year ago for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs enter the season as the top ranked team in the country.
The 6-5 Dosunmu scored 16.6 points per game with 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds for Illinois last season, while 6-foot Martin scored 19.1 points with 3.1 assists for Arizona State as a junior in 2019-20.
--Field Level Media