While he won’t get a chance to chase the most important award to any college basketball player, the national championship trophy, Rakeem Christmas is still racking up the hardware for his stellar senior season. Days after being named first team All-ACC, Christmas was named third team All-America by Sporting News.

Christmas finished the season averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game and was named the ACC’s Most Improved Player, as well as finishing as the runner-up for ACC Defensive Player of the Year. The St. Croix and Philly native also shot 55% from the field for the year. Christmas was one of just four ACC players to earn All-America first, second, or third team honors from Sporting News.

Jahlil Okafor was a first team selection, and Quinn Cook and Jerian Grant were both second team choices.

Yesterday, Christmas was also a second team All-America selection by

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