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ALL-AMERICAS

Nov. 15, 1996
Nov. 15, 1996

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Nov. 15, 1996

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ALL-AMERICAS

FIRST TEAM

This is an article from the Nov. 15, 1996 issue

G BREVIN KNIGHT, SENIOR, 5'10", STANFORD
1995-96 averages: 15.5 points, 7.3 assists, 2.1 steals; 84.8%
free throw shooting

An All-Pac-10 selection, Knight led the Cardinal in points,
assists and steals. He also holds the league's single-game
record of nine steals, set against USC in 1994. After Knight had
27 points and nine assists in a 79-74 loss to UMass in the NCAA
tournament, Minutemen coach John Calipari said, "We tried three
ways to stop him and nothing worked." Knight's ball-handling
skills were developed early: His dad, Melvin, was an assistant
coach under Bill Raftery at Seton Hall from 1978 to '82, and
Brevin was a Pirates ball boy.

G-F RON MERCER, SOPHOMORE, 6'7", KENTUCKY
1995-96 averages: 8.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists

Though he started only 13 games last season, Mercer gave a
glimpse of things to come by scoring a career-high 20 points
when he came off the bench in the Wildcats' 76-67 victory over
Syracuse in the national championship game. Afterward, Orangemen
coach Jim Boeheim said, "Mercer is the one who hurt us in a big
way." With Antoine Walker and Tony Delk having moved on to the
NBA, Mercer will be the one to hurt other teams, too: He will be
the primary scoring threat for Kentucky this season.

F DANNY FORTSON, JUNIOR, 6'7", CINCINNATI
1995-96 averages: 20.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals; 53.8%
field goal shooting

Sophomore jinx? What sophomore jinx? In the inaugural season of
Conference USA, supersoph Fortson was the league's player of the
year and MVP of the conference tournament. Here's what Temple
coach John Chaney says about him: "Great hands, power underneath
against anybody. The best thing is that he can play in a crowd.
He's not afraid to shoot it."

F KEITH VAN HORN, SENIOR, 6'9", UTAH
1995-96 averages: 21.4 points, 8.8 rebounds; 53.8% field goal
shooting, 85.1% free throw shooting, 40.9% three-point shooting

The two-time WAC player of the year has been named to the
conference's first team in each of his three seasons. Van Horn
finished in the top 10 in six of the WAC's nine major
statistical categories in 1995-96. "He's as good a player as has
been around this conference for a long time," says Hawaii coach
Riley Wallace. "He's a lottery pick whenever he wants to be."

C TIM DUNCAN, SENIOR, 6'10", WAKE FOREST
1995-96 averages: 19.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.8 blocks; 55.5%
field goal shooting

He has led the Demon Deacons to back-to-back 26-6 records and
was named national defensive player of the year both seasons.
With 84 more blocks, he will pass former Virginia star Ralph
Sampson (462 blocks) as the ACC's alltime leader. After Duncan
played well against the Dream Team last summer, Indiana Pacers
star Reggie Miller was impressed by what he saw: "Good size,
good quickness and good instincts," Miller said. Last season
Duncan averaged 37.2 minutes per game and didn't foul out once.

SECOND TEAM

G JACQUE VAUGHN, SENIOR, 6'1", KANSAS
1995-96 averages: 10.9 points, 6.6 assists; 48.2% field goal
shooting, 42.4% three-point shooting

The Jayhawks are 81-19 with him in the lineup. Though he tore
ligaments in his right wrist last September, he should be back
on the court by December.

G SHEA SEALS, SENIOR, 6'5", TULSA
1995-96 averages: 17.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.8
steals

When he scored 20 against the U.S. Olympic team this summer, it
was not shocking: He has hit double figures in 82 of his 90
collegiate games.

F DANYA ABRAMS, SENIOR, 6'7", BOSTON COLLEGE
1995-96 averages: 19.6 points, 9.6 rebounds; 47.1% field goal
shooting

He has had 32 career double doubles and scored 30 points or more
six times. Abrams scored in double figures in 29 of 30 games
last season.

F ANTAWN JAMISON, SOPHOMORE, 6'8", NORTH CAROLINA
1995-96 averages: 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks; 62.4%
field goal shooting

His field goal percentage was second best ever for an ACC
freshman--only Tar Heels great Sam Perkins shot better (62.6%,
in 1980-81).

C ADONAL FOYLE, JUNIOR, 6'10", COLGATE
1995-96 averages: 20.2 points, 12.6 rebounds, 5.7 blocks; 51.7%
field goal shooting

Foyle led the Patriot League in scoring, rebounding, blocks and
field goal percentage. He was also an academic All-America, with
a 3.52 GPA.

THIRD TEAM

G DOMINICK YOUNG, SENIOR, 5'10", FRESNO STATE
1995-96 averages: 18.2 points, 6.6 assists, 2.6 steals; 38.0%
three-point shooting

Young set a WAC record by hitting 120 three-pointers in 1995-96.
For the second straight season, he led the league in assists and
steals.

G REGGIE FREEMAN, SENIOR, 6'6", TEXAS
1995-96 averages: 22.4 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3
steals

Had the Big 12 existed last season, Freeman would have ended up
in the top 15 in scoring, three-pointers, assists and steals.

F MATT HARPRING, JUNIOR, 6'7", GEORGIA TECH
1995-96 averages: 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals; 42.9%
three-point shooting

He finished in the top 10 in the ACC in scoring, field goal
percentage, rebounding, steals, minutes and three-point shooting.

F JERALD HONEYCUTT, SENIOR, 6'9", TULANE
1995-96 averages: 18.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.4
blocks

Honeycutt has led the Green Wave in scoring in each of his three
seasons.

C KENNY THOMAS, SOPHOMORE, 6'9", NEW MEXICO
1995-96 averages: 14.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks; 57.8%
field goal shooting

The WAC freshman of the year, Thomas was second in the
conference in shooting percentage and third in rebounding and
blocks.

HONORABLE MENTION

F TUNJI AWOJOBI, SENIOR, 6'7", BOSTON UNIVERSITY
1995-96 averages: 22.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks; 58.2%
field goal shooting

The native of Nigeria finished in the top 25 nationally in
scoring (12th) and field goal percentage (21st), and was among
the top 25 in rebounding in each of his first three seasons
(12th in '95-96).

F AUSTIN CROSHERE, SENIOR, 6'9", PROVIDENCE
1995-96 averages: 15.3 points, 5.8 rebounds; 85.2% free throw
shooting

Before the 1995 Big East tournament he averaged 6.4 points per
game; since the tournament he has averaged 16.3 points per game.

F ACE CUSTIS, SENIOR, 6'7", VIRGINIA TECH
1995-96 averages: 13.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.7 steals; 50.7%
field goal shooting

The force behind the Hokies' 48 wins over the past two seasons,
Custis led the team in scoring, rebounding, steals, blocked
shots and field goal percentage in 1995-96.

C THADDEOUS DELANEY, SENIOR, 6'8", COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
1995-96 averages: 14.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks; 54.5%
field goal shooting

Among returnees, Delaney had the third-best rebounding average
in the nation (behind only Foyle and Duncan).

G AARON HUTCHINS, JUNIOR, 5'10", MARQUETTE
1995-96 averages: 14.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.9 assists; 37.0%
three-point shooting

The Golden Eagles' floor leader led Conference USA in assists.
He played in 31 games and made at least one three-pointer in 30
of them.

C ALEXANDER KOUL, JUNIOR, 7'1", GEORGE WASHINGTON
1995-96 averages: 14.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks; 64.2%
field goal shooting

Koul's mastery of the baby hook shot has made the native of
Belarus the most accurate returning shooter in the United States.

G VICTOR PAGE, SOPHOMORE, 6'3", GEORGETOWN
1995-96 averages: 12.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists

After averaging 20.7 points and 6.0 rebounds during the week,
Page was named MVP of the Big East tournament, which featured
six 1996 NBA first-round draft picks.

F PAUL PIERCE, SOPHOMORE, 6'6", KANSAS
1995-96 averages: 11.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists

As a freshman, he started all but one game and finished second
on the Jayhawks in scoring.

G CHARLES SMITH, SENIOR, 6'4", NEW MEXICO
1995-96 averages: 19.5 points, 3.1 assists, 2.0 steals; 81.1%
free throw shooting

A member of the WAC's all-defensive team, Smith needs 584 points
to become the 10th player in league history to score 2,000
career points.

C DAMION WALKER, SOPHOMORE, 6'7", TCU
1995-96 averages: 20.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks; 76.8%
free throw shooting

Playing out of position at center, Walker, a natural power
forward, has the highest scoring average in the country among
returning sophomores.

COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER Knight [Brevin Knight]COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO Mercer [Ron Mercer]COLOR PHOTO: PHIL HUBER Van Horn [Keith Van Horn]COLOR PHOTO: DAVID E. KLUTHO Fortson [Danny Fortson]COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS Duncan [Tim Duncan]