Kansas teammates Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce and Arizona teammates Mike Bibby and Miles Simon were named today to The Associated Press’ preseason All-America basketball team.
They were joined by North Carolina’s Antawn Jamison as two players from the same school who made the preseason team for the second and third time. Since the preseason All-America team was first selected before the 1986-87 season, only Duke’s Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill, prior to the 1992-93 season, had been chosen as a teammate tandem.
LaFrentz, a 6-foot-11 senior forward and the only returning All-America from last season, was the leading vote-getter. He was named on 69 of the 71 ballots cast by a national media panel.
Jamison, a 6-9 junior forward, was second with 67 votes and was followed by the Arizona backcourt of Bibby, a 6-1 sophomore who received 59 votes, and Simon, a 6-5 senior who had 32, and Pierce, a 6-7 junior forward, who was named on 28 ballots.
Notre Dame senior forward Pat Garrity and Duke junior guard Trajan Langdon were the only other players to receive more than 10 votes, getting 22 and 12, respectively.
Three members of last year’s preseason All-America team - Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, Utah’s Keith Van Horn and Cincinnati’s Danny Fortson - received AllAmerica honors after the season.
Duncan and Van Horn were seniors, while Fortson declared for the NBA draft. The other preseason picks were Kansas’ Jacque Vaughn and Stanford’s Brevin Knight.
Holdsclaw leads women
Chamique Holdsclaw of defending national champion Tennessee heads the women’s preseason All-America team.
Holdsclaw, a 6-2 junior, scored 20.6 points per game last season while hauling in 9.4 rebounds. She was the top vote-getter with 39 points.
Other first-teamers and points received were: Ticha Penicheiro, Old Dominion, 5-11, senior (35); Nykesha Sales, Connecticut, 6-0, senior (33); Tracy Reid, North Carolina, 5-11, senior (28); and Alisa Burras, Louisiana Tech, 6-3, senior (21).
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