Hansbrough Named Sporting News 1st-Team A-A

CHAPEL HILL --- University of North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough was named first-team All-America today by The Sporting News, becoming the first Tar Heel men's basketball player to earn first-team All-America honors as a freshman.

Hansbrough was also named a third-team All-America today by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was named the National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News.

No other Tar Heel freshman had ever made first- , second- or third-team All-America. Antawn Jamison was an honorable mention pick by Basketball Weekly In 1996.

Hansbrough is joined on The Sporting News first team by Duke senior guard JJ Redick, Villanova senior guard Randy Foye, Washington senior guard Brandon Roy and Gonzaga junior forward Adam Morrison.

Hansbrough leads the Tar Heels with 19.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Last week, he was a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Coast Conference first team and was a unanimous choice as the ACC's Rookie of the Year. No other player in ACC history has been a unanimous first-team choice as a freshman or was a unanimous pick as Rookie of the Year.

The Poplar Bluff, Mo. Native is on pace to become the first Tar Heel freshman to lead the team in scoring and rebounding in the same year. He tied an ACC record by being named ACC Rookie of the Week 10 different times.

He set an ACC single-game freshman record on Feb. 15 when he scored 40 points in a win over Georgia Tech. That also set the Smith Center record for one game by any player.

He had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a win at No. 1 ranked Duke and was named first-team All-ACC Tournament after averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds against Virginia and Boston College.

Sporting News All-America Teams

First Team
JJ Redick, Duke G (Player of Year)
Randy Foye, Villanova G
Brandon Roy, Washington G
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga F
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina F

Second Team
Allan Ray, Villanova G
Chris Lofton, Tennessee G
Leon Powe, California F
Glen Davis, LSU F
Shelden Williams, Duke, C

Sporting News All-Freshman Team
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina F (Freshman of Year)
Brandon Rush, Kansas G
Tyrus Thomas, LSU F
Shawne Williams, Memphis F
Dominic James, Marquette G

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