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Kris Dunn named Sports Illustrated All-American, Josh Hart an honorable mention

The BIG EAST is featured on the publication's All-America teams.

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Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn received some more good news on Thursday as Sports Illustrated as named him to their All-America team.

Dunn joins Ben Simmons, Perry Ellis, Grayson Allen, and Malcolm Brogdon on the second team, creating quite a talented crop of players. The first time is highlighted by the likes of Buddy Hield, Denzel Valentine, Brice Johnson, Jakob Poeltl and Tyler Ulis.

Villanova's Josh Hart meanwhile found himself on the honorable mentions list, joining Kay Felder, Yogi Ferrell, Jarrod Uthoff, and Georges Niang among others.

It is a little surprising perhaps to see the likes of Ben Bentil, who arguably outperformed Dunn at times this season, not even make the honorable mentions list. While Xavier's Trevon Bluiett made the USA TODAY All-America team, he's nowhere to be found here. Quite frankly, I have a little bit of an easier time explaining and rationalizing that snub than I do Bentil', as the sophomore forward for the Friars broke out in a big way this season and, at times, looked unstoppable and wasn't exactly under the radar either.

That said, Dunn's inclusion and Hart's honorable mention are still big time positives and are both deserving in their own right. USA TODAY omitted Hart from their teams - three of them - so it's good to see that the publication has chosen to recognize the Wildcats' best player. Bentil would have been nice as well, but as they say, beggars can't be choosers.