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Cradle of All-Americans: Kansas, Kentucky... Wisconsin?

Quick... which schools have had the most All-Americans in college basketball history?

Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina... yep, those are no brainers. What about Duke? Sure. UCLA? Of course. Wisconsin?
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That's right, Wisconsin. While adding Jordan Taylor (AP second-team) to the All-American section of the Wisconsin men's basketball record book, I unearthed some information that, quite simply, blew me away. Try this on for size.

Only Kansas and Kentucky have had more men's basketball All-Americans than Wisconsin.

According the NCAA Official Record Book, Wisconsin has had 17 individuals earn a total of 20 consensus first-team All-America honors. UW's 17 All-Americans ranks third among all Div. I schools and the Badgers' 20 All-America honors ranks seventh all-time.

Here are the numbers:
 
TOTAL INDIVIDUAL CONSENSUS 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
Team                   Individuals
1. Kansas                   20
2. Kentucky                18
3. Wisconsin              17
4. North Carolina          16
    Purdue                    16
6. Duke                       15
7. Penn                       14
    UCLA                      14
9. Columbia                 13
    Notre Dame             13

TOTAL CONSENSUS 1ST-TEAM ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Team                All-Americans
1. Kansas                   27
2. North Carolina         25
3. Purdue                   24
    Penn                      24
5. Kentucky                23
6. Notre Dame             22
7. Wisconsin               20
    UCLA                     20
9. Columbia                19
10. Duke                    18

Granted, most of UW's All-Americans came in the early 1900s, but still... an All-American is an All-American. If UW ever decides to hang jerseys in the rafters, it would get pretty crowded in the Kohl Center. Here is the honor roll:

1905 - C.D. McLees, Chris Steinmetz, Sr.*
1907 - Frank Arthur
1908 - Hugh Harper, Helmer Swenholt
1909 - Helmer Swenholt
1911 - Walter Scoville
1912 - Otto Stangel*
1913 - Allen Johnson
1914 - Carl Harper, Eugene Van Gent
1915 - George Levis
1916 - William Chandler, George Levis*
1917 - Harold Olsen
1918 - William Chandler*, Eber Simpson
1941 - Gene Englund
1942 - John Kotz
2007 - Alando Tucker

* Helms Foundation National Player of the Year

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