University of Wisconsin sophomore forward Ethan Happ was named an Associated Press Third-Team All-American today.
Happ is in some elite company becoming just the sixth Badger to be named to an All-America team in the history of the Associated Press honor, which began in 1948.
“It is definitely an honor to receive such a prestigious award,” Happ said in a statement. “No individual award comes without the help of others though. I want to thank my teammates, coaches and all the support I’ve gotten that has helped me get to this point.”
Happ joins Frank Kaminsky, who was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2015, and Alando Tucker, who was a first-team All-America honoree in 2007. He also joins Jordan Taylor (2011) and Devin Harris (2004) who earned second-team All-America accolades and Don Rehfeldt, who was a third-team All-American in 1950.
Happ was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by the AP this season and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and a late season finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year awards. Happ was also a finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, which recognizes the best center in the country.
The Badgers season ended with a heartbreaking loss to the Florida Gators in overtime in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin fought back to force overtime, but Florida won on buzzer-beater
Happ became just the fourth major conference player of the last 20 years to lead his team in all five categories during conference play. He averaged 13.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 steals per game during that span.