Basketball

ALL-AMERICAN: Monte earns two honors

Feb 18, 2017; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard Monte Morris (11) drives the ball toward the basket while being guarded by TCU Horned Frogs forward Vladimir Brodziansky (10) and guard Michael Williams (2) in the first half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Rachel Mummey-USA TODAY Sports

Expect more of these to come in the next week or so, but Monte Morris was tabbed as an All-American by two publications on Monday morning – USA Today and NBCSports.com.

Below is Iowa State’s release…

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State point guard Monté Morris has earned All-America nods from the USA Today and NBCSports.com. Morris was a third-team selection by both organizations.

Morris, who on Sunday earned All-Big 12 First Team honors, is leading the Cyclones with 16.2 points and 6.2 assists. He also leads the nation with a 6.2 assist to turnover ratio, committing just 1.0 turnovers per game. Morris is on pace to become the eighth player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history to lead the nation in a stat category three times in a career.

Since 1996-97, no NCAA Division I men’s basketball player has averaged 35 minutes, 5.0 assists and 1.0 turnovers per game as Morris is doing.

Morris is the 20th Cyclone to earn All-America honors and the fifth since 2014.