Roy named All-American

Brandon Roy was named AP first-team All-American on Monday, only the third player in the history of Washington basketball to be so honored. Roy joined J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams of Duke, Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and Randy Foye of Villanova.

It's just the latest honor for Roy, who was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, a USBWA All-American, the Sporting News first-team All-American, ESPN.com first-team All-American, Scout.com first-team All-American and a Collegeinsider.com All-American. He's also a Wooden Award, Naismith, Oscar Robertson and Adolph Rupp Player of the Year finalist.

"It's awesome that top players from the state of Washington with a year difference in age are considered top players in the country," Roy told the AP on Monday. "That says a lot for the state and how we've come along as basketball players. When I was a kid, I dreamed about this."

Not only does UW Head Coach Lorenzo Romar feel that Roy is deserving of the honor, a retired jersey just might be in Roy's future. "You talk about retiring the jerseys of Husky greats, he has to be at the top of the list," Romar said. "Bob Houbregs is such a legendary icon to me, it's hard to top that. He has been pretty special."

Roy's year - one where he averaged over 20 points and nearly six rebounds a game - reminded Romar of Dwayne Wade's junior AAU season, one where he played for the Illinois Warriors. "They had Darius Miles on that team and at one point Quentin Richardson and other players, and you could tell that Wade was good, but you never really got the sense of just how good he could be until the end of the season, and then it was just like, 'Wow'," said Romar. " And that was at the end of his junior year and the summer before his senior year, he was hurt. If Brandon hadn't been hurt, he would have been a pre-season All-American, and he wasn't recognized early on in the season because he didn't have to carry us. There were a lot of players involved. So he got the award by doing it in the most unselfish way possible.

"Everyone has individual goals, but he didn't let them get in the way of the team concept. And now he gets rewarded in a way that's more than anyone else has been rewarded here in over 50 years. He was trying to be a team guy, versus that other guy that's just out there trying to get his and forget the team and don't get nearly what he has."

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