CBS SportsLine.com announces its national awards for the 2005-06 college basketball season. The All-Americans are in order, by the way -- one through 15.
All-America first team
|Shelden Williams averaged 18.8 points and 10.4 boards during the regular season. (Getty Images)|
Adam Morrison, SF, Gonzaga: What he said.
Brandon Roy, SF, Washington: Best of the rest. Scores, passes, rebounds, defends and leads at an all-around level unseen anywhere else.
Randy Foye, SG, Villanova: Scores, rebounds, distributes, defends. Not as well as Roy, but better than any other perimeter player in America.
Shelden Williams, C, Duke: Having an Emeka Okafor-like senior season, and in case you forgot, Okafor was the 2004 National Player of the Year.
All-America second team
Tyler Hansbrough, C, North Carolina: Freshman, senior, whatever. He's been spectacular.
Glen Davis, C, LSU: Big Baby has matured into a 20-and-10 guy for the SEC's best team.
Mike Gansey, SG, West Virginia: Kevin Pittsnogle gets more attention, but Gansey is the Mountaineers' conscience. Shoots it a ton, menacing on defenses and changes a possession with a single cut.
Nick Fazekas, PF, Nevada: Best player you never see on TV. Averages 21-and-10, shoots like a guard, blocks shots like a center.
Leon Powe, PF, Cal: Beast on the boards. Man in the middle. Pick your alliteration, but don't forget this one: All-American.
All-America third team
|Guard Chris Quinn puts the fight in the Irish. (AP)|
Rudy Gay, SF, UConn: Hasn't dominated as expected -- not consistently -- but changes games at both ends.
Chris Quinn, PG, Notre Dame: Has had a better year than Chris Thomas ever did. Among Big East leaders in scoring (18.2 ppg), assists (6.2), 3-point shooting (44.4 percent) and steals (1.6). And the toughest SOB in college hoops.
Paul Millsap, PF, Louisiana Tech: Positioned to become the first player to lead the country in rebounding three straight years. And scores 20 ppg.
P.J. Tucker, SF, Texas: Scores and rebounds like a power forward, handles like a guard, leads with a confidence and charisma you've got to see to understand. Beats out Villanova's Allan Ray and Tennessee's Chris Lofton.
Tyler Hansbrough, C, UNC: His RPM revs higher than yours.
Dominic James, PG, Marquette: What a future this scoring point has.
Tyrus Thomas, PF, LSU: Raise your hand if you'd heard of him in October.
Jamont Gordon, Mississippi State: The next Dwayne Wade. I'm telling you.
Shawne Williams, SF, Memphis: Gets last spot over Kansas' Brandon Rush.
Player of the Year
Adam Redick, Gonzuke: Sue me. Redick and Morrison are so far ahead of the field, yet so difficult to separate, I can't break the tie. OK, I could. But won't.
Freshman of the Year
Tyler Hansbrough, UNC: At 18.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 58.9-percent shooting, he's competing not with contemporaries -- but with freshman luminaries Carmelo Anthony (2003), Larry Hughes (1998) and Kenny Anderson (1990).
Coach of the Year
Bruce Pearl, Tennessee: With the same players that got Buzz Peterson fired -- minus 2004-05 leading scorer Scooter McFadgon and stud big man Brandon Crump -- Pearl led the Volunteers into the national top 10. No fricking way.