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Filip Petrusev Named Third Team AP All-American

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Congratulations to the Gonzaga sophomore.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs sophomore center Filip Petrusev was named to the AP All-American Third Team on Thursday, the only Zag to receive the honor.

Petrusev was the leading scorer on the nation’s best offense, averaging 17.5 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game. He stepped up in a huge way from his freshman campaign, becoming the first focal point of the offense, leading the team in possessions and total number of shots.

He was also one of the best in the nation at drawing contact, averaging 7.7 fouls drawn per 40 minutes, good for No. 4 in the country.

We should probably expect Petrusev to toss his name into the NBA Draft pool, whatever that will look like this year. Petrusev did it last year, although no one was expecting him to depart early. This season, he showcased his offensive abilities are more than likely ready for the NBA. However, like all prospects, he has some areas he can work on, most notably defense and playing through contact.

Here are the AP All-American Teams:

First Team

  • Obi Toppin, Dayton
  • Luke Garza, Iowa
  • Markus Howard, Marquette
  • Myles Powell, Seton Hall
  • Payton Pritchard, Oregon

Second Team

  • Devon Dotson, Kansas
  • Udoka Azubuike, Kansas
  • Malachi Flynn, San Diego State
  • Cassius Winston, Michigan State
  • Vernon Carey Jr., Duke

Third Team

  • Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
  • Jordan Nowra, Louisville
  • Jared Butler, Baylor
  • Tre Jones, Duke
  • Jalen Smith, Maryland

Honorable Mentions

  • Daniel Oturu, Minnesota
  • Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky
  • Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton
  • Saddiq Bey, Villanova
  • Mason Jones, Arkansas