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HOUSTON, Texas -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2011 State Farm Coaches’ Division I All-America teams. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.
2011 STATE FARM COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Jimmer Fredette, Brigham Young, 6-2, Senior, Guard, Glens Falls, N.Y.
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue, 6-10, Senior, Forward/Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
Nolan Smith, Duke, 6-22, Senior, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, Freshman, Forward, Columbus, Ohio
Kemba Walker, Connecticut, 6-1, Junior, Guard, Bronx, N.Y.
2011 STATE FARM COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Jordan Hamilton, Texas, 6-7, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, Compton, Calif.
Ben Hansbrough, Notre Dame, 6-3, Senior, Guard, Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Marcus Morris, Kansas, 6-9, Junior, Forward, Philadelphia, Pa.
Kyle Singler, Duke, 6-8, Senior, Forward, Medford, Ore.
Derrick Williams, Arizona, 6-8, Sophomore, Forward, La Mirada, Calif.
2011 STATE FARM COACHES’ DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State, 6-8, Senior, Center/Forward, Newark, N.J.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State, 6-7, Sophomore, Forward, Riverside, Calif.
E’Twaun Moore, Purdue, 6-4, Senior, Guard, East Chicago, Ind.
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, 6-0, Senior, Guard, Maywood, Ill.
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin, 6-1, Senior, Guard, Bloomington, Minn.
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, MO, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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2011 ALL-AMERICAN TEAM BIOS
Jimmer Fredette – Brigham Young
Fredette led the nation with 28.9 points per game and led BYU to the winningest season in school history with a 32-5 record and berth in the Sweet 16. He set a single-season school record with 1,068 points, 28.9 points per game, 346 field goals, 124 three-pointers, 252 free throws and 1,323 minutes played. He owns BYU career records with 2,599 points, 296 three-pointers, 627 free throws, 139 games played. He set BYU career records in 30-point games (24), 40-point games (6) and wins played in (112). Jimmer, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, holds the MWC single-game records in points, field goals and is third for the three-point field goals record. He also holds MWC season records in points, points per game, field goals and three-point field goals while holding conference career records in points, field goals and three-point field goals.
JaJuan Johnson – Purdue
Johnson became the 17th first-team All-America in the history of Purdue basketball this season and the first since Glenn Robinson in 1994. He was named Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring in conference play with an average of 20.7 points per game, also marking the first time a Boilermaker had done so since Robinson in 1994. Johnson was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He also took home Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team after leading the league in blocked shots (2.5). Johnson posted 12 double-doubles during the season, and led the conference with 22 20-point scoring games on the year. He finished his career on a streak of 43-consecutive games with double-figure points, the fifth-longest streak in program history. He finished ninth on Purdue's single-season scoring (698) rebounding (291) charts, making him one of just four Purdue players to rank in the top 15 of both lists.
Nolan Smith – Duke
Smith, the 2011 ACC Player of the Year, led Duke to an ACC Tournament title, the school's 12th 30-win season and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is the fifth Duke player to be an All-America since 2000. He led the ACC in scoring (20.6 ppg.), 20-point games (21) and 30-point games (four). He also ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists and minutes played. Smith scored in double figures in 33 of the 37 games this season. Smith was part of 121 wins in his four seasons. He had 92 career double figure scoring games and became one of seven players under Coach Mike Krzyzewski to average over 20 points per game. He was the eighth Duke player to lead the ACC in scoring. Smith recorded the 11th 20-point, 10-assist game in Duke history against North Carolina in the ACC Championship game.
Jared Sullinger – Ohio State
Sullinger had an outstanding freshman season averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds while shooting 53.6 percent to lead the Buckeyes to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a 34-3 record. The 6-9 forward won six consecutive and 11 total Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, four Big 10 Player of the Week awards and won the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He averaged a double-double during the Big Ten Tournament leading Ohio State to the conference championship and earned the 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player award.
Kemba Walker – Connecticut
Walker paced UConn to the West Region title and ranks fourth in the nation with 23.9 points per game. He led the Huskies to five wins in as many days to win the BIG EAST tournament. He averaged 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists and became the first player in the BIG EAST to score 130 points in five games and was named the tournament MVP. He was named a member of the BIG EAST first team this season and is averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Walker is one of only two players (Norris Cole - Cleveland State) in the NCAA to average 20 points, five rebounds and four assists this season. He has led UConn to a 30-9 record this season including championships in the BIG EAST Tournament and the Maui Invitational.
Jordan Hamilton – Texas
Hamilton started all 36 contests for the Longhorns this year and led the team in scoring (18.6 ppg). He also ranked second on the team in rebounding (7.7 rpg), double-doubles (eight) and minutes played (32.2 mpg). He converted 243-of-552 (.440) field goals, including 90-of-234 (.385) from three-point range, and 95-of-122 (.779) free throws. A three-time selection as Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week, Hamilton topped the 20-point mark in 15 of UT's 36 games. He is the eighth player in Rick Barnes' 13 seasons at UT to earn All-America honors and sixth Longhorn to claim such honors in the last six years.
Ben Hansbrough – Notre Dame
Hansbrough, the 2010-11 BIG EAST Player of the Year, finished this season as Notre Dame's leading scorer with an 18.4 scoring average. In addition to averaging 3.9 rebounds per game, he led the Irish in assists (145) and steals (41). Despite only playing two seasons in an Irish uniform after transferring in June of 2008 from Mississippi State, Hansbrough scored 1,044 points at Notre Dame and started all 69 career games with the Irish. He closed out his career at Notre Dame with a 15.1 career scoring average. The only unanimous selection on the all-BIG EAST teams, Hansbrough finished as the conference's third leading scorer at 20.7 points per game and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds and dished off 4.3 assists in 18 league outings.
Marcus Morris – Kansas
The Big 12 Player of the Year, Morris led Kansas in scoring with a 17.2 scoring average. He ranks among the national leaders in field goal percentage at 57.0 percent and his 7.6 rebounds per contest were second on the team. He had two of his nine double-doubles on the season in the NCAA Tournament and he was named to NCAA Southwest Regional All-Tournament team. Morris was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship and averaged 17.7 points in the three victories in the event. He averaged 18.8 points in league play in 2011. Morris was named Big 12 Player of the Week three times (Nov. 29, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14).
Kyle Singler – Duke
Singler was named to the ACC first team in each of the last two years and is a four-time All-ACC selection with second team honors in 2009 and third team in 2008. The Duke co-captain is the 17th player in school history to earn first team All-ACC honors in two or more seasons. He is just the fourth player to earn a spot on the All-ACC list in all four seasons. He averaged 16.9 points and was second on the team with 6.8 rebounds per game this season. Singler was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award.
Derrick Williams – Arizona
The Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, Williams led Arizona to the Elite 8 with per-game averages of 19.5 points and 8.3 rebounds, to go with a .595 (226-of-380) field goal percentage in 38 appearances (all starts). He scored in double figures 37 times, posted 13 double-doubles and posted the two highest single-game rebounding totals in the Pac-10 this season (19 at Washington State on Jan. 22 and 18 at California on Feb. 5). His 741 points scored was the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 247 free throws and 331 attempts were new single-season school records. Additionally, his .568 three-point field goal percentage (42-of-74) this season ranked second in Arizona history and his 314 rebounds tied for seventh all time.
Kenneth Faried – Morehead State
The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and three-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Faried led Morehead State to its second OVC Tournament championship in the last three years. He established the NCAA modern-era (post-1973) career rebounding record with 1,673 rebounds. Faried’s 86 career double-doubles place him just one behind only Tim Duncan in doubles-doubles in NCAA Division I history. Faried led the Ohio Valley Conference in blocks per game at 2.3 and was tied for second in the league in steals per game at 1.9. Faried and the Eagles tied a school record with 25 wins this season. He led the team with 17.3 points and 14.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.3 percent from the field.
Kawhi Leonard -- San Diego State
Leonard, a Mountain West Conference first-team selection, averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds, while adding 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals, in 36 games. He had 23 double-doubles, which matched Michael Cage's single-season school record and ranks him fourth in Division I. He averaged 10.6 rebounds per game which was ninth best in the nation. He led the Aztecs to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history as the team won its first two NCAA Division I tournament games. The Aztecs finished with a 34-3 record, which established a school record for wins in a single season, and were ranked in the AP Top-25 Poll for all 18 weeks. SDSU, which had never been ranked in school history entering this season, wound up sitting in the top 10 of both major college basketball polls for the final 13 weeks of the campaign. The Aztecs shared the MWC regular-season crown and captured the conference tournament title.
E’Twaun Moore – Purdue
Moore was one of the league's most consistent performers, ranking third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18), sixth in scoring (17.7), seventh in three-point field goals per game (2.28), ninth in three-point field goal percentage (.406) and steals (1.0), 11th in assists (3.4), 18th in rebounding (4.7) and 25th in free throw percentage (.687) in Big Ten games. He became the fifth player in program history to break the 2,000-point barrier, and the third player in Big Ten history to accrue 2,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists for his career. He also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in Big Ten games only, the first Boilermaker to do so since Cuonzo Martin in 1995.
Jacob Pullen – Kansas State
Pullen, the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, led the Wildcats in 12 statistical categories, including scoring (20.2 ppg.), double-figure scoring games (29), field goals (191), 3-point field goals (74), free throws (170), assists (115), steals (49) and minutes (32.6 mpg.). He was also one of just two unanimous selections to the Coaches’ All-Big 12 first team. Pullen ranks in the top five of 17 career school records, including marks for scoring, games played (135), double-digit scoring games (105), 3-point field goals (299), 3-point field goals attempted (828) and steals (210). He led the Wildcats to a 23-11 overall record this season and is just the third player in school history to lead the Wildcats to the postseason and to a 20-win season in each of his four years in the program.
Jordan Taylor – Wisconsin
Taylor averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists this season leading the Badgers to the Sweet 16 and 25 wins, the third-highest single-season total in school history. He led the nation with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio. Taylor was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the media (unanimous) and the coaches this season. He was also named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive Team as selected by the coaches. During conference play, Taylor ranked third in the Big Ten, averaging 20.1 points per game, while dishing out 4.89 assists per game and tallying a league-high 4.63 assist-to-turnover ratio. Taylor is the only player in the conference to rank in the top five of both scoring and assists.