March 31, 2014
#SKAllAmerican | Kilpatrick Updated Bio | AP Release
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati senior guard Sean Kilpatrick was named First Team All-America by the Associated Press on Monday.
Sixty-five national writers and broadcasters who vote on the weekly AP poll pick the All-America team. Players are rated on a three-team scale, receiving five points for a first team nod, three for second and one for third. They are ranked by their totals on the corresponding first, second or third team. The accolade from the AP is considered the premier All-America team in the nation.
"Being able to represent this University and be a part of this elite group is something that is really amazing, knowing that all of my hard work has paid off," Kilpatrick said. "All of the accolades that I have received this season don't go without notice and recognition for my coach and my teammates that I've had this past year. I'm excited about this and really happy to be a part of this first team."
Kilpatrick is the sixth Bearcat named an AP First Team All-American and the first since Steve Logan in 2002. Other UC players to earn the honor include Oscar Robertson (three times from 1958-60), Ron Bonham (1963), Danny Fortson (1997) and Kenyon Martin (2000).
"SK earned this honor with hard work and dedication to his team and our University," UC head coach Mick Cronin said. "We are extremely excited for him and very proud as well."
Joining Kilpatrick on the AP First Team All-American list are Creighton's Doug McDermott (unanimous choice), Duke's Jabari Parker, and fellow American Athletic Conference players Russ Smith of Louisville and Shabazz Napier of UConn. It marks the first time a conference had three players on the first team since the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2000-01.
Kilpatrick previously was selected a First Team All-American by several media outlets this season, including Sporting News, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report and NBCSports.com. He also was tabbed a Second Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Kilpatrick also was a finalist for the Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy and a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy.
A unanimous First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection, Kilpatrick led the league and ranked 18th in the nation, averaging 20.6 points. He also led the conference in three-pointers with 2.74 per contest.
Kilpatrick tallied 701 points during 2013-14 becoming only the fifth player in school history to score 700 or more points in a season. He finished his career with 2,145 points, second only to Robertson (2,973 from 1958-60).
The native of Yonkers, N.Y., helped guide Cincinnati to a 27-7 overall record, a 15-3 league mark, the school's first regular-season conference title since 2004 and its fourth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. Kilpatrick led the Bearcats in scoring in each of their last 20 games and in 31 of 34 contests on the season. He averaged 24.7 points in six games against ranked teams (including four Bearcats' victories).
Kilpatrick tied the school record for career three-pointers made (313 by Deonta Vaughn from 2006-10) and set school marks for career games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and career minutes played (4,315).
He ranked fifth in the nation in career scoring and seventh in career three-pointers.
Kilpatrick also ranked among UC career leaders in victories (second at 101), field goals attempted (second at 1,687), field goals made (fourth at 707) and steals (fifth at 166).