The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team’s season ended with a disappointing loss to the Oregon Ducks in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a few weeks ago, but the individual accolades keep rolling in for redshirt senior big man Ethan Happ.
With the announcement of Happ being named as an Associated Press (AP) second-team All-American on Monday, he can claim consensus second-team All-American honors. That makes him one of the 10 best players in the whole dang country.
The AP, NABC, The Sporting News and USBWA all recently bestowed upon Happ—who finished his collegiate career with 2,130 points, 1,217 rebounds and 423 assists—those second-team nods.
AP All-America Second Team:— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 2, 2019
Rui Hachimura - Gonzaga
Jarrett Culver - Texas Tech
Markus Howard - Marquette
Ethan Happ - Wisconsin
Carsen Edwards - Purdue pic.twitter.com/5yg7MvGImC
Happ led the Badgers in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals this season and finished second in blocks. His 17.3 points per game were fifth-best in the conference during the regular season and he was third in the conference in rebounding and assists with 10.1 and 4.5, respectively.
The 6’10 senior out of Milan, Ill., is the only Badger in school history to make multiple AP All-America teams.
With a Second Team selection this season and Third Team selection in 2016-17, Ethan Happ is the first player in Wisconsin history to be selected to multiple AP All-American teams. #OnWisconsin #Badgers— BTNStatsGuys (@BTNStatsGuys) April 2, 2019
Recent Wisconsin players to also make an AP All-America team include Frank Kaminsky, Jordan Taylor, Alando Tucker and Devin Harris.
The Big Ten was well represented on the three All-America teams with conference player of the year Cassius Winston (Michigan State, point guard) on the first-team and March Madness hero/unrepentant gunner Carsen Edwards (Purdue, point guard) joining Happ on the second-team.
The men's AP All-American team is here ⭐ pic.twitter.com/HSsTcrtkdr— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 2, 2019
Marquette point guard/chucker Markus Howard made it two players from the state of Wisconsin with second-team AP accolades as well.
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) also named Happ as the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year.
Past winners include Anthony Davis, Blake Griffin, Marvin Bagley III and ::suppresses bile in mouth:: Jahlil Okafor. Duke’s all-galaxy point forward Zion Williamson took home NABC player of the year and freshman of the year honors while Virginia wing De’Andre Hunter was named defensive player of the year.