Only three schools were needed to make up the AP All-America team.
Antawn Jamison of North Carolina was the top vote-getter on the team announced Tuesday. He was joined by Arizona guards Mike Bibby and Miles Simon and Kansas teammates Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce.
These are the sixth and seventh sets of teammates voted to the first team, and the first since UNLV’s Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon in 1991.
Jamison, a junior forward, was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection of the national media panel.
LaFrentz, the only returning All-America from last season, became the third repeat selection in the ‘90s, joining Tim Duncan of Wake Forest last year and Shaquille O’Neal of LSU in 1992.
Sophomore Richard Hamilton of Connecticut, the Big East player of the year, led the second team and was joined by Ansu Sesay of Mississippi, Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State, Vince Carter of North Carolina and Pat Garrity of Notre Dame.
The third team was Lee Nailon of Texas Christian, Matt Harpring of Georgia Tech, Trajan Langdon of Duke, Michael Dickerson of Arizona and Bonzi Wells of Ball State.
Big Ten rejects Knight appeal
By noon today, Indiana University must decide whether to pay a fine or suspend coach Bob Knight for the Hoosiers’ first-round NCAA Tournament game.
On Tuesday, the Big Ten rejected Indiana’s appeal of the disciplinary action previously ordered against the basketball coach and also turned down the university’s request for a hearing.
The league stipulated that a suspension would be served immediately and not held over until next season. Indiana plays Oklahoma in a first-round NCAA Tournament game on Thursday.
The discipline involves a series of incidents involving Knight that took place during and after a game with Illinois on Feb. 24. Knight received three technicals from referee Ted Valentine during the game and then sharply criticized the officiating after the game.
Montana’s Taylor suspended
Montana men’s basketball coach Blaine Taylor was suspended Tuesday for the first game of the 1998-99 season for bad-mouthing the officiating at last week’s Big Sky Conference tournament.
Taylor’s critical remarks followed Montana’s 68-60 loss to archrival Montana State in the tournament’s first round last Thursday in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Tark gets another year
Fresno State University and basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian reached an agreement on a one-year contract extension, the school said.
Tarkanian has led the Bulldogs to an 18-11 record and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament this season. The 67-year-old Tarkanian will have his $95,760 base salary renewed, the Fresno Bee reported. His total compensation package, which includes income from television, radio, a shoe contract and other endorsements, is worth about $400,000, according to the paper.
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