He finished at MU's career leader in five categories, including scoring (1,985 points) and steals (287).
"Just sitting here thinking about it, and looking at the list of players, it means a lot," McNeal said. "It's an unbelievable accomplishment, and just to mentioned and considered to be in the same category as some of these players. It's an honor just to be mentioned."
Over the course of the last 30 years, only Butch Lee (1977-78) and Dwyane Wade (2002-03) have received a higher honor from the Associated Press. Lee, Wade and Dean Meminger (1970-71) are the only consensus first team selections in program history.
Of the 15 players named to the first, second and third teams, six represent programs from the BIG EAST Conference.
Associated Press First Team All-America
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
James Harden, Arizona State
Stephen Curry, Davidson
Associated Press Second Team All-America
Jerel McNeal, Marquette
Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
Ty Lawson, North Carolina
Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
Jodie Meeks, Kentucky