Reynolds Named First Team Associated Press All-American
March 29, 2010
Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, who closed his college career as his school's No. 2 all-time scorer, has been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press, it was announced today.
Kentucky's John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were also on the All-America team announced Monday. Joining them were Ohio State junior Evan Turner, who received all but one first-team vote and Syracuse junior Wes Johnson along with Reynolds.
After a year without any freshmen being honored, Wall and Cousins moved in as the ninth set of teammates to be selected and the first since Duke's J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams in 2006.
"This means a lot to both of us. I'm surprised and glad we both made it," said the 6-foot-4 Wall, who averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists after arriving as one of the most highly touted high school recruits. "We had to learn a lot as freshmen and we were able to help our teammates along the way. This means a lot to both of us."
The 6-11 Cousins became one of the country's top big men and was the only player selected to the team who averaged a double-double with 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds.
They helped the Wildcats reach No. 1 for one week in a season they were no lower than fifth in any poll.
Turner, the 6-7 point guard considered one of the best all-around players in recent years, received all but one first-team vote from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.
Wall received 62 votes, while Johnson had 45, Reynolds 32 and Cousins 26 in voting conducted before the NCAA tournament.
Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December. The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to the Big Ten title when he returned.
Johnson burst onto the national scene in his first season with the Orange after transferring from Iowa State. The 6-7 forward averaged 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in leading Syracuse to its first No. 1 ranking since 1990.
The 6-2 Reynolds averaged 18.5 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in becoming the Wildcats' go-to player with several spectacular second-half efforts.
"You go through a season not expecting to get All-American," Reynolds said. "You just go out there every day and try and do the best you can, try and play Villanova basketball. It's in the back of your head, but if you concentrate on that, that stuff will never come."
Wall and Cousins were Kentucky's first All-Americans since Ron Mercer in 1997. The other schools have all had players selected in the last five years: Hakim Warrick of Syracuse in 2005, Randy Foye of Villanova in 2006 and Oden in 2007.
James Anderson of Oklahoma State was sixth in the balloting with 27 votes and was joined on the second team by Sherron Collins of Kansas, Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Da'Sean Butler of West Virginia.
The third team was Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Damion James of Texas, Luke Harangody of Notre Dame and Darington Hobson of New Mexico.