Taquan Dean Named Preseason All-America

University of Louisville senior guard Taquan Dean has been honored as a preseason All-Amerca third team selection by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Dean is one of five BIG EAST Conference players among the top 20 players cited on the All-America teams, which also include Connecticut's Rudy Gay and Josh Boone, Syracuse's Gerry McNamara and Villanova's Allen Ray.

University of Louisville senior guard Taquan Dean has been honored as a preseason All-Amerca third team selection by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Dean is one of five BIG EAST Conference players among the top 20 players cited on the All-America teams, which also include Connecticut's Rudy Gay and Josh Boone, Syracuse's Gerry McNamara and Villanova's Allen Ray. This year marks the 25th edition of the Blue Ribbon yearbook.

An NABC All-District 7 and All-Conference USA selection last season, Dean averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists last year despite playing about two months of the season with mononucleosis. His 122 three-point goals set a new Louisville single season record while shooting 44.7 percent from three-point range (122-of-273), ninth best in the nation.

Usually at his best in big games, Dean was the Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Conference USA Tournament and Billy Minardi Classic and was honored on the all-tournament teams of the NCAA Albuquerque Region and the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The three-time captain will open his senior year with 1,118 career points, within reach of the Cardinals' all-time scoring top ten.

Last month, Dean was named as one of the top 50 preseason candidates for the John R. Wooden Award All-America team.

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball All-America team is as follows:

BLUE RIBBON 2005-06 ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS


First Team
Shelden Williams    6-10  Sr.  Duke
Adam Morrison       6-8   Jr.  Gonzaga
Craig Smith         6-7   Sr.  Boston College
J.J. Redick         6-4   Sr.  Duke
Dee Brown           5-11  Sr.  Illinois

Second Team
Rudy Gay            6-9   So.  Connecticut
Paul Davis          6-11  Sr.  Michigan State
P.J. Tucker         6-5   Jr.  Texas
Justin Gray         6-2   Sr.  Wake Forest
Gerry McNamara      6-2   Sr.  Syracuse

Third Team
Eric Williams       6-9   Sr.  Wake Forest
Taj Gray            6-9   Sr.  Oklahoma
Curtis Withers      6-8   Sr.  Charlotte
Taquan Dean         6-3   Sr.  Louisville
Allan Ray           6-2   Sr.  Villanova

Fourth Team
Josh Boone          6-10  Jr.  Connecticut
Vincent Greer       6-5   Sr.  Minnesota
Ronnie Brewer       6-7   Jr.  Arkansas
Curtis Stinson      6-3   Jr.  Iowa State
Rajon Rondo         6-1   So.  Kentucky  

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