Roberts First-Team AP All-American

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Adding to his ever-growing list of postseason accolades, Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts has been named to The Associated Press men's college basketball All-America team, as announced Tuesday by the national wire service headquartered in New York City.

Headed by unanimous choices Emeka Okafor of Connecticut and Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson, who both earned a perfect 360 points by being picked on all 72 first-team ballots by the same media panel that votes on the weekly poll, this year's AP All-America team is rounded out by Roberts with 308 points, Josh Childress of Stanford with 235 points, and Providence's Ryan Gomes with 208 points.

In earning this year's national AP honor, Roberts becomes Mississippi State's first AP All-American since Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell garnered the prestigious national recognition as an MSU senior during the 1958-59 campaign.

Selected this year's SEC Player of the Year by both AP and a vote of the league's head coaches, Roberts has also earned first-team all-America status by both the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) organizations, as well as by the Sports website and the Adolph F. Rupp Award committee. Roberts is also a national finalist for both the prestigious Wooden and Naismith All-America Teams.

In becoming the first MSU player since Rickey Brown (1979-80) to average a double-double for an entire season, Roberts currently ranks as the SEC's No. 6 scorer (16.9 ppg) and second-leading rebounder (10.1 rpg). He also stands fifth in the league in field-goal percentage (51.9%). The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Roberts led the Southeastern Conference and is ranked fourth nationally with 16 double-doubles on the season. The former Baylor transfer and Houston native also ranks fourth nationally among active NCAA Division I players with 38 career double-doubles.

Roberts helped lead coach Rick Stansbury's eighth-ranked Bulldogs to a 26-4 overall record and league-best 14-2 SEC mark en route to claiming the school's first outright SEC regular-season championship since 1962-63. MSU also made school history this season by appearing in a fourth consecutive postseason tournament and earning a third straight NCAA Tournament berth.

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