The AP Announced Their All-America Team On Tuesday
March 13, 2001
By JIM O'CONNELL
Duke teammates Shane Battier and Jason Williams and North Carolina's Joseph Forte were the top vote-getters on the Associated Press All-America team announced Tuesday, just the second time three players from the same conference made the first team.
Notre Dame's Troy Murphy, the 44th player to repeat as an All-American, and Casey Jacobsen, Stanford's first first-team selection, also were chosen by the national media panel.
Battier, the only senior on the All-America team, was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection. The 6-foot-8 forward was on 70 first-team ballots and had 353 points in the 5-3-1 voting system.
The national defensive player the last two seasons, Battier averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in leading Duke, which was No. 1 in the final regular-season poll for a the third straight season, joining UCLA from 1971-73 as the only teams to do that.
Battier, a second-team All-America last season, and Williams, a 6-2 sophomore who averaged 20.8 points, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals, are the eighth pair of teammates to be selected for the first team.
Forte, a 6-4 sophomore who chosen co-player of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference with Battier, averaged 21.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals for the Tar Heels, who finished tied for the ACC regular-season title with Duke, the lost to the Blue Devils in the tournament championship game.
The only other time three players from one conference were first-team selections was in 1995-96 when the Big East had Ray Allen of Connecticut, Allen Iverson of Georgetown and Kerry Kittles of Villanova.
Williams and Forte both received 61 first-team votes with Williams getting 335 points. Forte had 332.
"Knowing it's only the second time three players in one league have made the team shows people what a great league the ACC is," Forte said. "It is incredible that of all the schools in the country that play ball, three All-Americans play only 10 minutes apart. It was fun competing against them this year."
Murphy, a 6-10 junior who averaged 22.0 points and 9.2 rebounds in leading the Fighting Irish to their first NCAA tournament since 1990, had 55 first-team votes and 312 points. He is the first repeat selection since Raef LaFrentz of Kansas in 1997-98.
Jacobsen, the third sophomore on the first team, received 35 first-team votes and 259 points after averaging 18.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, and shooting 47 percent from 3-point range as the Cardinal won the Pac-10 Conference and finished as the only Division I team with less than fur losses.
Jacobsen is the first Stanford player to be chosen for the first team since the AP started selecting an All-America team in 1948.
"He came to Stanford with high expectations from everybody and he has met all the challenges," Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery said. "He has expanded his game and in less than two seasons at Stanford he has established himself as one of the best players to wear a Cardinal uniform."
The last time teammates were chosen for the first team was 1997-98 when both LaFrentz and Paul Pierce of Kansas and Mike Bibby and Miles Simon of Arizona were selected.
Iowa State senior Jamaal Tinsley led the second team and was joined by juniors Michael Bradley of Villanova and Tayshaun Prince of Kentucky and sophomores Troy Bell of Boston College and Jason Richardson of Michigan State.
The third team was senior Charlie Bell of Michigan State, juniors Michael Wright of Arizona, Udonis Haslem of Florida and Kirk Haston of Indiana and sophomore Frank Williams of Illinois.
Murphy and Battier were the only players from last year's three teams
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