Seniors dominated The Associated Press All-America team for the first time in five years.
Jimmer Fredette of BYU, Nolan Smith of Duke and JaJuan Johnson of Purdue, all seniors, were joined on the team Monday by junior Kemba Walker of Connecticut and freshman Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.
It’s the most seniors since four made the 2006 team.
Fredette led the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range.
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He received all but one vote from a 65-member national media panel that votes on the weekly Top 25.
“I think that it’s a great accomplishment. Unbelievable,” BYU coach Dave Rose said.
HUSKIES WIN HONORS
Washington guard Isaiah Thomas received honorable mention on the men’s All-America team.
Thomas, a junior from Tacoma, led the Huskies in scoring (16.8 per game), and also led the Pacific-10 Conference in assists (6.1 per game).
Meanwhile, UW walk-on forward Brendan Sherrer was honorable mention to the Pac-10 all-academic team.
GEORGIA TECH PICKS
Georgia Tech has hired Dayton coach Brian Gregory to rebuild its beleaguered program, which fell on hard times after reaching the national title game in 2004.
Gregory will replace Paul Hewitt, who was fired shortly after the school’s fourth losing season in six years.
JAYS WIN OPENER
Doug McDermott scored 21 points and Creighton spoiled former coach Dana Altman’s return to Omaha, Neb., with an 84-76 victory over his Oregon Ducks in Game 1 of the College Basketball Invitational championship series.
Joevan Catron led Oregon (19-18) with 15 points and nine rebounds.
The second game will be Wednesday in Eugene, Ore., with the third game, if necessary, Friday in Eugene.
Purdue coach Matt Painter will meet with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden today in Florida to negotiate an agreement that could make Painter the Tigers’ next men’s coach. Point guard Larry Drew II has enrolled at UCLA after abruptly leaving North Carolina last month. Michigan State center Garrick Sherman is transferring after he played an average of 12 minutes a game as a sophomore. Kent State assistant Rob Senderoff has been named the Golden Flashes’ interim coach after Geno Ford left to coach at Bradley.
Staff writer Don Ruiz contributed to this report