He may be Canadian, but he’s officially an All-American now.
On Tuesday, freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis was named an honorable mention addition to this year’s AP All-American team.
He joins a team filled with other freshmen, such as Duke’s Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett, and Big Ten stars such as Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Purdue’s Carsen Edwards (2nd team).
The full release is here.
Brazdeikis, a Mono, Ontario native from just outside Toronto, hit the ground running in his debut season. He averaged 14.8 points and connected on over 39 percent of his triples. At 6-foot-7, 215 pounds, he bulled his way to the rim to add a driving element to the Michigan offense.
He scored in double figures in 20 of 23 Big Ten contests, and opened the country’s eyes with a dominant 24-point outing in the November win over North Carolina.
“Iggy” was the lone bright spot in the season-ending loss to Texas Tech, notching a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double versus the Red Raiders.
He is expected to return for another season, looking to develop his drive-and-kick abilities to truly unlock his potential. He is expected to be joined in the starting lineup by Zavier Simpson, Jordan Poole, Isaiah Livers and Jon Teske.