Tournament tidbits: Kaminsky, Okafor named All-Americans

Detroit News wire services

Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball.

The two, however, have a lot in common — both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on the Associated Press' 2014-15 All-America team.

Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice Monday. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all but one first-team vote.

Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.

"Frank is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as people noticing his abilities, but that's just a great accomplishment on his part," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "He took advantage of a chance and has made the most of it."

Kaminsky, projected as a top pick in the NBA draft, led the Badgers to their second straight Final Four berth, averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range.

Okafor is Duke's 16th first-team All-America and is the Blue Devils' second freshman in as many years, with Jabari Parker being chosen last season.

Okafor, who received 64 first-team votes, averaged 17.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.9 percent, second in the nation.

"His game has grown continuously and he's got a lot more growth ahead of him," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The main thing for Jah is that he's gotten better as the season's gone along."

Utah senior Delon Wright led the second team, and was joined by Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Northern Iowa senior Seth Tuttle, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis and Virginia junior Malcolm Brogdon.

The third team was Gonzaga teammates Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos, Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas and Iowa State junior Georges Niang.

Report: Chris Mullin will become St. John's coach

Chris Mullin , the career scoring leader in St. John's history, will become the school's coach, according to multiple reports.

Mullin, who led St. John's to the Final Four in 1985, never has coached at any level.

He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice.

Coaching carousel

Tennessee offered its vacant coaching job to former Texas coach Rick Barnes, and the two sides are closing in on a deal, according to various reports.

Barnes, 60, coached Texas to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons at the school.

... Among the reported candidates for the Texas job are Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin has been cleared to resume coaching after missing most of the season because of a problem with a blood vessel in the back of his head.

... Utah State hired Tim Duryea as it new coach. Duryea, 50, succeeds Stew Morrill, who retired after the season.

Turning pro

Louisville F Montrezl Harrell and G Terry Rozier will forego their senior seasons to enter the NBA, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.

... Texas freshman F Myles Turner says he's leaving after his freshman season to enter the NBA.

... Georgia State junior G R.J. Hunter is entering the NBA. He is the son of Georgia State coach Ron Hunter.