Grier A Fourth-Team Preseason All-American

Minnesota senior forward Vincent Grier has been named Blue Ribbon preseason fourth-team All-American. Grier averaged 17.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game this season as he led the Gophers to a 10-6 mark in the conference and 20-9 overall.

Vincent Grier was also named to the College Basketball News' 10-player All-Big Ten squad. He was the second consecutive Gopher to be named College Basketball News' Big Ten Newcomer of the Year. Kris Humphries received the award in 2004.

Duke senior post player Shelden Williams was Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook's choice as national preseason player of the year. He was joined on the first team by Duke teammate J.J. Redick, forwards Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and Craig Smith of Boston College and guard Dee Brown of Illinois.

Rudy Gay of Connecticut, Paul Davis from Michigan State, P.J. Tucker of Texas, Justin Gray from Wake Forest and Gerry McNamara of Syracuse were named to the second team.

Eric Williams from Wake Forest, Taj Gray of Oklahoma, Curtis Withers from Charlotte, Taquan Dean of Louisville and Allan Ray from Villanova were named to the third team.

Josh Boone from Connecticut, Ronnie Brewer of Arkansas, Curtis Stinson from Iowa State and Rajon Rondo of Kentucky joined Grier on the third team.

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