All-American teams unveiled

You didn't have to follow college basketball very closely at all to come up with three of the players who should be consensus first-team All-America basketball selections. But tabbing the rest of the first team, and filling out second-, third- and fourth-team AA squads takes a little bit more research and thought.

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 2005-06 selections, a second, third and fourth team as well.

After three-and-a-half 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. 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%)


Rodney Carney (6-7, Sr., Memphis)
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., Ohio State)
Stats: 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocked shots per game (.577)

Nick Fazekas (6-11, Jr., Nevada)
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., Tennessee)
Stats: 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.1 steals per game (.490 FG%, .472 on 3's)

P.J. Tucker (6-5, Jr., Texas)
Stats: 16.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.9 steals per game (.531 FG%)


Glen Davis (6-8, So., LSU)
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., West Virginia)
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., Connecticut)
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., Alabama)
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., Michigan State)
Stats: 19.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists per game (.452 FG%, .368 on 3's)

Tyler Hansbrough (6-8, Fr., North Carolina)
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., Boston College)
Stats: 17.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals (.571 FG%)
Inducted into the USBWA Hall of Fame last April, Frank Burlison is's national basketball expert and is also a columnist for the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram. He can be reached at Read more of Burlison's pieces at Top Stories