Assembling 60 percent of a first-team All-America squad this season is a simple chore.
My mother knows that Adam Morrison, J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams are first-team choices. And my mother is the kindest woman in the world but she has never watched a college basketball game, ever, in person or otherwise.
Things get a bit dicey, though, when one tries to assemble the rest of a first team and, in the case of the Scout.com 2005-06 selections, a second, third and fourth team as well.
After 3 ½ months, and a couple of a March nights, to evaluate the possibilities, I'm ready to present the definitive 2005-06 college All-America team. Of course, reasonable minds can debate exactly what "definitive" means. In this case, it means "mine".
Each of the teams were constructed to, at least loosely, contain two posts and three players who play mostly on the perimeter.
And it doesn't take "loosely" very long to come into play because the first team also includes guards Brandon Roy (Washington) and Randy Foye (Villanova), players whom, like Redick and Morrison, do the bulk of their scoring from the perimeter.
Two teams, Duke and Villanova, had a couple of selections apiece, with 14 of the choices coming from schools in the Big East and Atlantic Coast conferences (four each), and the Southeastern and Pac 10 conferences (three apiece).
The breakdown, by class: 10 seniors, three juniors, six sophomores and one freshman.
Scout.com 2005-06 All-America Teams
(Statistics from games through March 2)
Randy Foye (6-3, Sr., Villanova)
Stats: 20.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals per game (.417 FG%, .378 on 3's)
Adam Morrison (6-8, Jr., Gonzaga)
Stats: 28.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals per game (.509 FG%, .438 on 3's)
J.J. Redick (6-4, Sr., Duke)
Stats: 28.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals per game (.489 FG%, .426 on 3's)
Brandon Roy (6-5, Sr., Washington)
Stats: 19.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.4 steals per game (.509 FG%, .397 on 3's)
Shelden Williams (6-8, Sr., Duke)
Stats: 18.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 3.7 blocked shots per game (.589 FG%)
Stats: 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.4 steals per game (.440 FG%, .397 on 3's)
Terence Dials (6-9, Sr.,
Stats: 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocked shots per game (.577)
Nick Fazekas (6-11, Jr.,
Stats: 21.6 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.5 blocked shots per game (.531 FG%)
Chris Lofton (6-2, So.,
Stats: 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.1 steals per game (.490 FG%, .472 on 3's)
Stats: 16.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 steals per game (.531 FG%)
Stats: 18.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocked shots per game (.509 FG%)
Mike Gansey (6-4, Sr.,
Stats: 17.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.0 steals per game (.557 FG%, .426 on 3's)
Rudy Gay (6-8, So.,
Stats: 15.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 steals, 1.7 blocked shots per game (.461 FG%, .329 on 3's)
Leon Powe (6-8, So., Cal)
Stats: 19.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists (.486 FG%)
Ronald Steele (6-3, So.,
Stats: 14.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals per game (.428 FG%, .421 on 3's)
Arron Afflalo (6-5, So., UCLA)
Stats: 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game (.477 FG%, .360 on 3's)
Maurice Ager (6-5, Sr.,
Stats: 19.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game (.452 FG%, .368 on 3's)
Stats: 18.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals per game (.586 FG%)
Allan Ray (6-2, Sr., Villanova)
Stats: 18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals per game (.395 FG%, .371 on 3's)
Craig Smith (6-7, Sr.,
Stats: 17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals (.571 FG%)
BOUNCING AROUND THE COUNTRY
*The student body "Let's rush the floor and jump around and act excited, although we couldn't differentiate between a zone defense and the ozone layer"-act inspiring victories by Florida State, Texas A&M and UAB this week over Duke, Texas and Memphis, respectively, gave a nice adrenalin kick to those teams' NCAA Tournament at-large hopes
But let's hold off reserving three of those precious 34 at-large selections for the Seminoles, Aggies and Blazers until we see how they do against Miami, (on the road, Sunday), Texas Tech (in Lubbock, Saturday) and Marshall (at home, Saturday), respectively, this weekend.
Other than those three high-profile upsets, among them, UAB, FSU and Texas A&M have just one other victory against a team that seems likely to be in the NCAA Tournament – the Aggies' 73-61 decision over Northwestern State in College Station on Dec. 31.
In other words, without those three wins this week, we're not even talking about at-large bids for the Blazers, Seminoles or Aggies right now.
*How about that chest bump Tubby Smith
laid on guard Brandon Stockton immediately after the buzzer in
Coach Smith, obviously, considered it a significant win.
Let's see how much of that momentum carries
over into the Wildcats' regular-season finale in
*Saint Mary's goes into the West Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed but is easily host Gonzaga's biggest threat in a likely third consecutive championship meeting Monday night.
The Gaels are 16-11 but have won six in a row
and eight of their past nine games – the only loss in that stretch a
Look for Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett to be a hot commodity among athletic directors once the Gaels' season is over.
*UCLA's 67-58 victory at
*If the North Carolina Tar Heels knock off
That would cap a remarkable close to the
regular season for a UNC team that has won nine of its past 10 games since a
four-point home loss to
The Tar Heels have lost just one road game in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season.
But, let's face it: How tough will it be to topple the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the occasion of the final home game for J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams? The answer: Extremely difficult.
*On the subject of "Senior Days", here's my
favorite statistic of the weekend, courtesy
Just a hunch: The University of Washington Huskies will stay within 27.8 points of the Wildcats Saturday.
Or, more accurately, there was a tournament bid at stake.
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of
Fame last April, Frank Burlison is Scout.com's national basketball expert and is
also a columnist for the