Howard Is First Team NABC All-American

Wake Forest senior Josh Howard was named first team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Monday. Also on Monday, teammates Justin Gray and Vytas Danelius as well as Coach Skip Prosser were honored.

Wake Forest senior Josh Howard, who helped lead the Demon Deacons to a first-place finish in the ACC standings, was named first team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches on Monday.

The NABC is the first major All-American team to be announced. Howard, 6-6, is joined on the first team by T.J. Ford (Texas), David West (Xavier), Nick Collison (Kansas) and Hollis Price (Oklahoma).

"It's an honor to be selected as an All-American," Howard said. "It's nice to be recognized in the same group with some outstanding players and I give all the credit to my coaches and my teammates.

"We have had a good season so far, but we can't be satisfied. All we are concerned about right now is playing Clemson or Florida State on Friday (in the ACC Tournament)."

Howard is the 11th All-American in Wake Forest history and the first since Tim Duncan in 1996 and 1997. Other Deacon All-Americans: Randolph Childress (1995), Rodney Rogers (1993), Frank Johnson (1981), Rod Griffin (1977, 1978), Skip Brown (1975, 1977), Charlie Davis (1971), Len Chappell (1961, 1962), Jackie Murdock (1957) and Dickie Hemric (1954, 1955).

Howard leads the ACC in scoring (20.1 ppg.) and offensive rebounds (3.26), he ranks third in the league in rebounding (8.0 rpg.), third in steals (2.11), fourth in field goal percentage (.493), fourth in blocked shots (1.44), fifth in defensive rebounds (4.74) and sixth in free throw percentage (.838).

The Deacons, 23-4 overall and 13-3 in the ACC, won the regular season title by two full games over Duke and Maryland. It was Wake Forest's first outright ACC title since 1962.

Wake Forest is the No. 1 seed in the March 13-16 ACC Tournament in Greensboro, NC. The Deacons will play either Clemson or Florida State Friday at Noon.

The NABC All-America selection capped an award-winning day for Howard and the Deacons.

Howard was a unanimous first team All-ACC selection, also announced Monday by the Associated Press. Howard and former Duke national player of the year Shane Battier are the only two players in ACC history to accumulate at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists, 200 steals, 100 blocks and 100 3-pointers. Howard is Wake Forest's first unanimous selection since Tim Duncan was so honored in 1996 and '97.

Howard is joined on the first team by Dahntay Jones (Duke), Steve Blake (Maryland), Julius Hodge (NC State) and Edward Scott (Clemson).

Sophomore Vytas Danelius was named second team All-ACC. Danelius is averaging 13.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free throw line.

Danelius is joined on the second team by Drew Nicholas (Maryland), Travis Watson (Virginia), Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech) and Tim Pickett (Florida State). The All-ACC third team includes J.J. Redick (Duke), Ryan Randle (Maryland), Chris Duhon (Duke), Raymond Felton (North Carolina) and B.J. Elder (Georgia Tech).

Deacon guard Justin Gray was named to the ACC All-Freshman team. Gray overcame a broken jaw that sidelined him for a month to average 11.9 points per game. He was joined on the All-Freshman team by Bosh, Felton, Redick and Rashad McCants (UNC).

Howard was also the leading vote-getter for the ACC's All-Defensive team, joining Pickett, Bosh, Jones and Clifford Crawford (NC State).

Other awards handed out on Monday:

Howard was named one of 22 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award. Howard joins Duke's Chris Duhon as the only ACC players on the ballot.

Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser was named the NABC District 5 Coach of the Year.

Prosser also earned the Outstanding Achievement Award for coaching by College Insider.

Howard was named the ACC Player of the Week for the fourth time this season. Howard had 51 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and two steals as Wake Forest beat North Carolina and NC State last week.

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