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Duke's Williams not only repeats, he's a unanimous All-America pick

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Jason Williams was a unanimous selection to the AP All-America team Tuesday, the second year in a row the junior guard was picked for the first team.

Joining Williams on the first team were junior forward Drew Gooden of Kansas and senior guards Steve Logan of Cincinnati, Juan Dixon of Maryland and Dan Dickau of Gonzaga.

The 6-foot-2 Williams is the first unanimous All-American since Duke's Elton Brand in 1999 and the 45th player to repeat. The last was Troy Murphy of Notre Dame, who did it last season.

Williams was picked on the first team by all 72 voters on the national media panel and had 360 points in the 5-3-1 voting.

Each of the past two seasons, one player missed being a unanimous choice by one vote -- Shane Battier of Duke last season and Kenyon Martin of Cincinnati in 2000.

Gooden received 70 first-place votes and 356 points, while Logan had 313 points, Dixon 301 and Dickau 248.

Williams averaged 21.7 points and 5.4 assists and was the floor leader for the Blue Devils, who were No. 1 in the AP poll for all but four weeks this season.

''I am not big on ranking players,'' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ''I'll just say he's certainly of the caliber of any kid that I've coached, and he has helped us win a national championship.''

The top-ranked Blue Devils begin defense of their national title on Thursday.

Williams turned to teammates Mike Dunleavy, a second-team selection, and Carlos Boozer, who was voted to the third team, when told of his selection.

''It is an honor to be selected AP All-American for the second straight year and special to be a unanimous pick as well,'' he said. ''Honestly, I am as happy for Mike and Carlos, who are great teammates and should be recognized for their outstanding seasons.''

Williams, who was chosen Tuesday as an alternate for the U.S. team in this summer's World Championships, was the only member of the preseason All-America team to be picked for the postseason honor as well. Williams has already said this will be his last season at Duke.

Gooden averaged 20.4 points and 11.3 rebounds, while shooting 51 percent from the field in leading the Jayhawks to the first unbeaten season in the Big 12 and the No. 1 ranking the weeks Duke wasn't there. He was two votes shy of joining Williams as a unanimous pick.

Bird, Beard head women's All-America team

Sue Bird, the point guard who directs the nation's No. 1 team, was the No. 1 player Tuesday on The Associated Press All-America team.

Bird received the most votes from a nationwide media panel, and Oklahoma's Stacey Dales became the sixth player to repeat as a first-team selection. They were joined by Alana Beard of Duke, Chantelle Anderson of Vanderbilt and LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State.

Anderson and Thomas moved up from the second team last season, when Bird was on the third team and Beard received honorable mention. The first team duplicated the preseason All-America team in November.

Bird, Beard and Anderson were the only players picked on all 44 ballots cast by the media representatives who vote in the AP poll. The team has only two seniors, Bird and Dales. Anderson and Thomas are juniors and Beard is a sophomore.

Bird, who received 41 first-team votes and 214 points on a 5-3-1 basis, is the ultimate point guard -- unselfish and smart, yet offensive-minded enough to score when needed. She was one of four Connecticut players on the three All-America teams, the first time one school has had that many.

Connecticut's Swin Cash and Diana Taurasi made the second team and UConn's Asjha Jones was on the third team. The Huskies' fifth starter, Tamika Williams, received honorable mention.



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