When Saturday’s men’s NCAA semifinals get underway, undefeated Kentucky has one big advantage: Three times as many former American Family Insurance ALL-USA players as any other team. The Wildcats have nine former ALL-USA players on their roster, a ridiculous number, really. Duke has three and Wisconsin and Michigan State have none.
The scary thing is both Duke and Kentucky could be playing with even more former ALL-USA but of course, some of those former ALL-USA players went to the NBA early.
Kentucky’s current former ALL-USA players include Karl-Anthony Towns, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Devon Booker, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Tyler Ulis, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson.
Duke’s former ALL-USA players include Jahlil Okafor, last year’s ALL-USA Player of the Year, Tyus Jones and Amile Jefferson.
Bear in mind, that having high-level high school talent isn’t everything. Connecticut won last year’s NCAA title with no former ALL-USA players.