Utes star leads pack of nation's first team

By wire services
Published March 23, 2005

Andrew Bogut was just another international player when the season started, not even meriting an honorable mention in the preseason All-America balloting.

All that has changed for the 7-foot sophomore from Australia. The Utah center was the leading vote-getter on the Associated Press' All-America team announced Tuesday.

Bogut, who averaged 20.4 points and was second in the country in rebounding at 12.4, was joined on the first team by senior forwards Wayne Simien of Kansas and Hakim Warrick of Syracuse, junior guard J.J. Redick of Duke and sophomore guard Chris Paul of Wake Forest.

Bogut, Utah's first All-American since Andre Miller in 1999, received 60 first-team votes, 22 more than Redick.

Redick, the first Duke All-American since Jason Williams in 2001 and 2002, is one of the best shooters in the game from long range (40.5 percent on 3-pointers) and the free-throw line (93.7 percent). The 6-4 Redick averaged 22.1 points and played 37.3 minutes per game for the short-handed Blue Devils.

Paul, the leading vote-getter for the preseason team, averaged 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 2.4 steals and shot 47.4 percent on 3-pointers and 83.4 percent from the line.

Simien missed four games this season after surgery on his left thumb but averaged 20.3 points and 11.0 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent from the field.

Warrick, a key player in Syracuse's 2003 national title run, averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 54.8 percent from the field.

The second team had Illinois' Dee Brown and Luther Head, Sean May of North Carolina, Salim Stoudamire of Arizona and Ike Diogu of Arizona State.

The third team was Deron Williams of Illinois, Shelden Williams of Duke, Nate Robinson of Washington, Raymond Felton of North Carolina and Brandon High graduate Joey Graham of Oklahoma State.

Hoosiers to keep coach

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mike Davis will remain Indiana's coach.

A written statement from athletic director Rick Greenspan included a warning that the Hoosiers' 29-29 record the past two seasons must improve. The Hoosiers went 15-14 this season, and lost to Vanderbilt in the first round of the NIT.

Davis, who has three years left on his deal, is 96-67 in five seasons and lost to Marland in the 2002 national title game.

CONNECTICUT: Sophomore Charlie Villanueva, the Huskies' top player down the stretch, is considering a jump to the NBA. Villanueva, who almost went pro out of high school, averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds.

LA.-MONROE: Mike Vining resigned as coach after 24 seasons. The Indians finished 8-19, their third consecutive losing season. Overall, Vining is 401-302 with seven NCAA Tournament berths.