Mar 23, 2020 6:58 PM

Jayhawks' Azubuike & Dotson Named USBWA All-Americans

Posted Mar 23, 2020 6:58 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – Kansas senior Udoka Azubuike and sophomore Devon Dotson were each named to the 2020 U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-America Team, the USBWA announced Monday. Azubuike was a first-team honoree, while Dotson received second-team recognition.

Azubuike and Dotson give Kansas a USBWA All-America selection each of the last four seasons. Last year, Dedric Lawson was a third-team selection, while Devonte’ Graham was a first-team choice in 2018. In 2017, Frank Mason III was a first-team honoree and the Oscar Robertson Trophy recipient as the USBWA’s national player of the year. In KU head coach Bill Self’s 17 seasons at Kansas, there have been 14 Jayhawks named to USBWA All-America teams (see below).

Azubuike, a senior from Delta, Nigeria, led Division I in field goal percentage at 74.8%, which helped his career percentage of 74.4% break the all-time Division I field goal percentage record of UCF’s Tacko Fall (74.0%). Azubuike led the Big 12 in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and double-doubles (15) and was second in the conference for blocked shots at 2.6 per game. A unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection who was named Big 12 Player of the Year, Azubuike was the only player in the conference to average a double-double (13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg).

Dotson led the Big 12 in scoring at 18.1 ppg, steals (2.1) and free throws made (142). The Charlotte, N.C., sophomore guard ranked among the Big 12 leaders in 20-point games (second at 9), field goal percentage (second at 46.8), free throw percentage (fifth at 83.0), assists (fifth at 4.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth at 1.7). Dotson became just the fifth Jayhawk to lead the Big 12 in scoring joining Drew Gooden in 2002, Wayne Simien in 2005, Frank Mason III in 2017 and Dedric Lawson in 2019. This season, Dotson was an All-Big 12 First Team (unanimous selection), a Bob Cousy Award Point Guard of the Year Award Finalist, USBWA All-District VI. He has amassed 986 career points in only two seasons at Kansas.

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Dan Ritter named head football coach at East Buchanan

East Buchanan High School has hired it new head football coach as Dan Ritter will take over the Bulldog program.

Ritter comes to East Buchanan after serving as an assistant coach at Central High School in St. Joseph. He was the head freshmen coach for the Indians and varsity linebackers coach.

Ritter is a St. Joseph native as he graduated from Lafayette High School and then played football at Missouri Western State University. Ritter finished up in 2012 at MWSU and was a back-up linebacker on the Griffons 2012 MIAA championship team as he played in all 14 games.

Ritter will take over for Kevin Bryan, who announced his retirement in January after 13 years at East Buchanan. Bryan won multiple district championships and guided the Bulldogs to two state semifinal appearances in 2015 and 2017. East Buchanan went 4-7 this past season and they finished 2-5 in the KCI.