J.J. Redick of Duke and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga spent all season locked in a bicoastal scoring race. Fittingly, they ended it as the only unanimous selections for The Associated Press' All-America men's basketball team.
Redick, the most prolific 3-point scorer in college history, was a repeat choice. He and Morrison were joined on the first team Monday by Redick's teammate Shelden Williams, Randy Foye of Villanova and Brandon Roy, Washington's first All-America in 53 years.
Redick and Morrison gave fans a "Can you top this?" scoring
competition that ended with both receiving all 72 first-team votes
from members of the national media panel that selects the weekly
Top 25. The voting took place before the NCAA Tournament.
Morrison, the only junior on an otherwise all-senior first team, won the scoring title with a 28.4 average, just ahead of Redick's 27.4. Morrison shot 43.7 percent from 3-point range, while Redick hit 42.1 percent from beyond the arc.
"It is a testament to the type of season each of us has had,"
Redick said. "Adam is certainly a great player and it is an honor
to be unanimous pick along with him."
Morrison said being an All-American isn't "something you think
about receiving when you start your collegiate career, but to be
associated with some of the great names of college basketball is an
honor. I guess to be a unanimous pick with J.J. seems only fitting
since the two of us have been followed so closely this year. He's a
Morrison is Gonzaga's second All-American, joining Dan Dickau in
This is the second time in three years there were two unanimous
selections. In 2004, Jameer Nelson of Saint Joseph's and Emeka
Okafor of Connecticut were unanimous.
Redick is the first repeat first-teamer since Jason Williams,
another Duke guard, in 2001 and 2002.
Redick and Williams, a senior center who averaged 18.4 points and 10.3 rebounds while shooting 58 percent from the field, are the ninth set of teammates to be selected to the first team and the first since Jason Williams and Shane Battier of Duke in 2001.
"Both J.J. and Shelden are deserving of this honor. They have
produced on the court at a high level all season, and throughout
their entire careers at Duke," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "They
both understand that individual awards like this come about as a
result of throwing themselves into what is important for our team.
It is quite an accomplishment for teammates to be named first team
All-America by The Associated Press."
Duke, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, was the
only team besides Connecticut to be ranked No. 1 in the AP poll
this season. The Blue Devils won both the regular season and
tournament championships in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Foye, who averaged 20.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists as
the key in Villanova's four-guard offense, was the third-leading
vote-getter, named on 55 first-team ballots. He is the Wildcats'
first All-American since Kerry Kittles in 1996.
"It's an honor to be selected as an AP All-America with such
great players," Foye said. "It's an honor for my family, my
school and our fans, and I'm very grateful to everyone involved,
especially my teammates and coaches."
Roy is Washington's first All-American since Bob Houbregs in
"It's awesome that top players from the state of Washington
with a year difference in age are considered top players in the
country," Roy said. "That says a lot for the state and how we've
come along as basketball players. When I was a kid, I dreamed about
Roy, a 6-6 swingman, averaged 19.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.1
assists while shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent
from the free throw line.
Dee Brown of Illinois was the leading vote-getter on the second team and was joined by fellow senior Rodney Carney of Memphis, junior P.J. Tucker of Texas and sophomores Rudy Gay of Connecticut and Leon Powe of California.
The preseason All-America team this season was Redick, Morrison, Williams, Brown and Smith.