UConn men’s and women’s basketball are set to make their first-ever All-American team, and it is expected to include a couple of players from the program’s top-rated team.
UConn announced Monday that all 10 players on the team will be chosen by its head coach, Tim Connelly, with the remainder chosen through the 2017-18 season.
Connelly, a three-time All-ACC selection and national coach of the year, is expected on the committee.
The Huskies’ men’s team is the top-ranked in the nation and has won eight of its last 10 conference tournaments.
The men also have a winning record in the Big East and won the tournament championship last year, beating eventual national champions Villanova, 59-55, in the championship game.
The first-team all-conference team includes forward K.J. Hill, who leads the Big 12 with 20.3 points per game, including a career-best 32 points against Kansas State.
Hill has also scored in double figures in six straight games, including six of the past eight contests.
The Huskies also have freshman guard Isaiah Hicks, who is averaging 11.6 points per contest, including 8.4 in the last six games.
The 6-foot-7 guard, who has started all 18 games this season, is averaging 17.2 points per outing.
Hicks and Hill, along with forward Kyle Gentry, have led the Huskies to five straight victories over top-15 opponents and are averaging 21.7 points per win.
Hill and Gentry are also among the nation’s top five in assists, averaging 3.2 per game and 1.6 per game on the season.
Hill and Genson have also shot over 50 percent from beyond the arc in each of the last three games.
The second-team All-Big East group includes forward Alex Poythress, who ranks No. 4 nationally in field goal percentage at 52.4 percent.
The guard is averaging 21,000 career points and 2,000 assists.
Poythresses, a 6-10, 215-pound junior, leads the nation with 6.8 assists per game.
He also is the only player in the NCAA with more than 10,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,500 steals.
Prythress is also averaging 1.7 steals per game as a freshman, good for seventh in the conference.
He is averaging 13.8 points per night, including 3.5 from beyond his arc.
The third-team men’s All-America group includes guard Alex Olah, who averages 17.6 minutes per game with six steals, 1.3 blocks and 1 point per game in his last seven games.
Olah also leads the conference with 8.2 assists per contest.
Olah, a freshman who averaged 11.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 3.6 apg in his first season, has scored in triple digits in five of his last six outings.