NetScouts Basketball has announced their All-International teams for the 2019-20 college basketball season. The first team is comprised of Filip Petrusev (Gonzaga), Omer Yurtseven (Georgetown), Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Marcus Carr (Pitt) and Lamine Diane (Cal State Northridge).
Petrusev, a 6-11 sophomore center from Serbia, was the cog in the middle for Gonzaga’s highly rated team. He was remarkably consistent all season, averaging 17.5 points and scoring in double-figures in all but one game. He had a season-high of 31 points on 14-of-18 shooting against Santa Clara and was named to the West Coast Conference All-Tournament Team. He averaged 7.9 rebounds, getting into double-figures nine times with a season-high of 15 against North Dakota and 14 rebounds in the WCC tournament championship game against Saint Mary’s. Petrusev is very effective in the paint and shot 56.2 percent from the field this season.
Yurtseven, a 7-0 center from Turkey transferred to Georgetown from North Carolina State for his final season of eligibility. Yurtseven benefited from Patrick Ewing’s tutelage and averaged career-highs of 15.6 points and 10.2 rebounds and may be a selection in the NBA draft. He had a career game early this season against Samford, scoring 32 points on 15-of-20 shooting, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking four shots. Yurtseven was a high-level performer representing Turkey at various FIBA tournaments and took some time to adjust to the American game. In 2017 he was the fourth leading scorer (17.0 ppg) and rebounder (11.4 ppg) at the U20 European Championships in Greece.
Azubuike, a 7-0, 279-pound senior center from Nigeria, came on very strong late in the season and helped his NBA draft hopes. He had a 23-point, 19-rebound effort in a win against Baylor in which he connected on 11-of-13 shots from the field. He then made 13-of-14 shots, scored 35 points, pulled down 14 rebounds and blocked five shots in a win over TCU. Azubuike shot 74.8 percent from the field on the season which led the nation. He also averaged a double-double with 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds and added 2.6 blocks per game. He blocked seven shots in a loss to Baylor in January.
Carr, a 6-2 sophomore combo-guard from Toronto also improved his game after transferring from Pitt to Minnesota. He increased his scoring from 10.0 ppg to 15.5 ppg, his assists from 4.0 per game to 6.6 and his rebounding from 2.8 per game to 5.3. Carr had a 35-point, 7-assist game in a win over Ohio State in which he shot 12-of-17 and made three 3s. He registered double-figures in assists three times in wins against Michigan (12), Wisconsin (10) and Nebraska (11).
Diane, a 6-7 sophomore wing from Senegal was the most prolific of the international players. As a redshirt freshman last season he was named for a host of honors including Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American, Big West Player of the Year and NABC and USBWA All-District teams after averaging 24.8 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. He led the nation in field goals made (340) and broke CSUN records in points (818), rebounds (368), field goals made, blocks (72) and double-doubles (20). Although he was declared academically ineligible for the first semester and was limited to 19 games, this season was no different. Diane averaged 25.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. He started the season averaging 31.3 points over his first four games and finished the season with a 34-point, 15-rebound performance in a win over Hawaii.
The second team consists of Josh Green of Arizona (Australia), Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi (France), Mamadi Diakite, Virginia (Guinea), Neemias Queta, Utah State (Portugal) and Oscar Tshiebwe, West Virginia (Congo). Green, a 6-6 freshman forward averaged 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds. Ayayi, a 6-5 sophomore combo-guard averaged 10.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists and was the Most Valuable Player of the WCC Tournament. Diakite, a 6-9 senior averaged 13.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots. Queta, a 7-0 sophomore center returned from an injury to average 13.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots over 22 games. Tshiebwe, a 6-9, 245-pound freshman, averaged 11.2 points and 9.3 rebounds.
On the third team were: Nicolas Carvacho, Colorado State (Chile), Kofi Cockburn, Illinois (Jamaica), Oscar da Silva, Stanford (Germany), Chris Duarte, Oregon (Dominican Republic) and Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson (Iceland). Carvacho, a 6-11 senior, averaged 12.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. Cockburn, a 7-0 freshman center, averaged 13.3 points and 8.8 rebounds. da Silva, a 6-9 junior, averaged 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds. Duarte, a 6-6 junior shooting guard, averaged 12.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals. Gudmundsson averaged 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Killian Tillie, Gonzaga (France), Davide Moretti, Texas Tech (Italy), Amadou Sow, UCSB (Mali) and Franz Wagner, Michigan (Germany) were named as Honorable Mention.