ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough
headlines the 2008-09 U.S. Basketball Writers Association's All-America
Team. The 6-9 senior from Poplar Bluff, Mo., has earned a spot
on the first team for the third straight season. Hansbrough is the
first three-time USBWA first-team All-American since 1985 when a
trio of players – Patrick Ewing, Keith Lee and Wayman Tisdale –
were first-teamers from 1983-85. He is among the five first-team
After earning the 2008 Oscar Robertson Trophy as the USBWA's
National Player of the Year and the USBWA's National Freshman of
the Year honors in 2006, Hansbrough joins an elite group of just
18 players to be named to the USBWA All-America Team three times.
Sam Perkins (1982-84) is the only other Tar Heel to achieve such
Hansbrough, a first-team All-ACC performer, has led North Carolina
to a 28-4 season and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's South
Regional with 21.4 points per game and 8.2 rebounds.
DeJuan Blair is the first Pittsburgh player to earn USBWA
All-America honors since Jerome Lane made the second team in 1988.
No Pitt player had made the first team since Billy Knight in 1974.
The Panthers are the top seed in the East Region with a 28-4 mark.
It marks the first time in school history that Pitt has earned a
No. 1 seed. Blair, the Big East Co-Player of the Year, has scored
15.6 points per game to go with 12.2 rebounds.
Davidson's Stephen Curry earned his way on the team as
the Southern Conference Player of the Year. His 28.6 points per
game led the nation. He shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range and
also added 5.2 assists per game. Curry is the fourth Davidson player
to earn USBWA All-America honors, but the first since Mike Maloy
Blake Griffin, the Big 12 Player of the Year, led the
nation in rebounding (14.3 per game) to go with 21.9 points per
game in leading Oklahoma to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA field. He is
the first Sooner since Hollis Price in 2003 to make the USBWA All-America
squad. Griffin's season was highlighted by the only 40/20 game in
Big 12 history when he scored 40 points and grabbed 23 rebounds
vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 14.
Pac-10 Player of the Year James Harden is the first player
from Arizona State to appear on a USBWA All-America first team.
Ike Diogu earned second team honors in 2005. His 20.8 points per
game led the Pac-10 as Arizona State recorded back-to-back 20-win
seasons for the first time since 1980-81.
Five players were also chosen for the USBWA's second team.
Notre Dame's Luke Harangody, the first player to lead the
Big East in scoring (23.2) and rebounding (12.0) in back-to-back
seasons, has earned second-team All-America honors for the second
Kansas' Sherron Collins, a first-team All-Big 12 selection,
is the fourth Jayhawk to earn USBWA All-America honors since 2002.
He led Kansas and was fourth in the Big 12 with 18.3 points per
game to go with 5.0 assists.
Jodie Meeks of Kentucky led the SEC in scoring in earning
all-conference honors. His 54-point game vs. Tennessee on Jan. 13
set a school record. Meeks led the SEC with 24.2 points per game
and shot 89.4 percent from the free-throw line to lead the league.
He is the first Kentucky player to make the USBWA All-America Team
since Tayshaun Prince in 2001.
Wake Forest's Jeff Teague, a member of the All-ACC second
team, averaged 19.1 points and shot 44.6 percent from 3-point range
and 82.3 percent from the free-throw line. He also averaged 1.9
steals per game. He is the third Demon Deacon since 2003 to collect
USBWA All-America honors.
Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut, the Big East Co-Player
and Defensive Player of the year, led the Huskies to a No. 1 seed
in the NCAA Tournament with 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.6 blocks
Following is the complete 2008-09 USBWA All-America team:
USBWA MEN'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM
|DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
|Stephen Curry, Davidson
|Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
||Oklahoma City, Okla.
|Tyler Hansbrough, North
||Poplar Bluff, Mo.
|James Harden, Arizona
||Los Angeles, Calif.
|Sherron Collins, Kansas
|Luke Harangody, Notre
|Jodie Meeks, Kentucky
|Jeff Teague, Wake Forest
|Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
||Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college
basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57
season. For more information on the USBWA and its All-America team,
contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
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