As if Sean Kilpatrick hasn’t already done enough during his time at the University of Cincinnati the Bearcats star added another accolade to his resume Monday.
Kilpatrick was named an AP First Team All American. This is one of the highest honors in college basketball next to winning the Naismith Award. Fifth year senior Kilpatrick made a very strong case for himself helping to carry the Bearcats to an American Athletic Conference championship.
Cincinnati has not had a First Team All American since 2002 when Steve Logan made an appearance for the Bearcats. Kilpatrick becomes the sixth Bearcats player the receive this honor. Oscar Robertson leads the Bearcats with three appearances on the First Team list (1958, 1959, 1960). Ron Bonham 1963, Danny Forston 1997, Kenyon Martin 2000, and Steve Logan 2002 are the other Bearcats to receive this accolade.
During his career at Cincinnati Kilpatrick ranks second to only Oscar Robertson. His 2,145 ranks second to Robertson on the all time list. As a fifth year senior Kilpatrick was able to set records for most games at 140 and most career minutes at 4,315. His overall career has been phenomenal.
Kilpatrick is over the moon with excitement “This means the world. This is something that every college kid coming in as a freshman dreams of being” Kilpatrick told the Cincinnati Enquire.
He has been a phenomenal player for Head Coach Mick Cronin who believes Kilpatrick did everything right in college, keeping his name clean and representing the university exactly how you should.
The other four players on the First Team All American list are Doug McDermott, Russ Smith, Shabazz Napier and Jabari Parker. The AAC had three of the five spots on the All American list despite being looked down up by voters.
Kilpatrick is currently training for the NBA draft and individual team workouts. He is not a popular pick on many draft boards, some have him going as a second round pick others have him going un-drafted. If Kilpatrick does get drafted a team is getting one hell of a player.