UNC and Duke Dominate the 2000's Consensus All-America All Decade Team
The beginning of the 2009-10 College Basketball season marks the start of a new decade in College Basketball.
As some things change, others stay the same. In the 1990's Duke and North Carolina were the programs of the decade.
In the 2000's, the Blue Devils and Tar Heels once again dominated. In both decades, they advanced the to the most Final Fours and had the most consensus All-Americans.
Nothing was Finer than Carolina during the last ten years in College Basketball. The Heels advanced to four Final Fours and brought home two National Championships.
Tyler Hansbrough is the undisputed player of the decade.
Roy Williams was the coach of the decade.
Duke is the only school that had three two time consensus All-Americans in the last ten years.
Roy Williams Coach of the 2000's
Roy Williams was often criticized in the 1990's while at Kansas as the coach that couldn't reach the pinnacle. After taking KU to two Final Fours in his first four NCAA Tournaments, the Jayhawks did not reach College Basketball's biggest stage for another nine years.
He has put his critics to rest in the six years since. Williams led Kansas to the Final Four in 2002 and 2003, including finishing as the National Runner-up in '03. He left for his Alma Mater North Carolina following the 2003 season.
In his first six seasons in Chapel Hill, Williams posted a 176-37 record, three Final Four Appearances and two National Championships.
Billy Donovan of Florida was a close second. Donovan matched Williams with two National Championships and a Runner-up. Williams took his teams to five Final Fours in the past ten years, while Donovan took his teams to three.
If Williams wanted to fill out his staff with another assistant for the all decade team, his successor at Kansas, Bill Self would be a perfect choice. Self took three different schools to the Elite Eight (Tulsa in 2000, Illinois in 2001 and KU in 2008) and won the National Championship for Kansas in 2008.
Tom Izzo took Michigan State to four Final Fours, won the National Championship in 2000 and finished runner-up to the Tar Heels last season.
Tyler Hansbrough (2005-2009) Unquestioned Player of the Decade
Tyler Hansbrough is the unquestioned player of the decade. He finished his North Carolina career as a four time consensus All-American and all ACC Player. He capped off his career with a national championship. Hansbrough left UNC as the all-time leader in points and rebounds.
He was the first player in ACC History to lead his team in scoring and rebounding all four seasons.
Hansbrough was the first Tar Heel to be a unanimous first team ACC for four seasons.
He was only the fifth Tar Heel to earn first team All-America three times (and Michael Jordan wasn't one of them).
Became the fifth player in North Carolina history to have his jersey retired. Hansbrough joined Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison and Phil Ford to receive that honor.
Shane Battier Duke (1997-2001)
Shane Battier entered Duke in the Fall of 1997 as part of a stellar recruiting class. Elton Brand, William Avery and Chris Burgess all joined battier in Durham that fall. Only Battier stayed all four years.
Battier helped the Blue Devils to three Elite Eights, two National Championship game apperances and the 2001 National Championship.
Although only half of his college career was in the 2000's, he would have been the player of the decade if not for Hansbrough.
Battier is the only two time consensus All-American in the Decade to win the NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award. He did this after leading Duke to the 2001 NCAA Championship.
Battier also ended the 2001 season by capturing the National Player of the Year Awards, was named the to ACC's 50th Anniversary team and won a Gold Medal with the 2001 Goodwill Games team in Brisbane Australia.
At the conclusion of his Duke career, Battier became the tenth player in Duke History by having his number 31 retired.
Troy Murphy- Notre Dame (1998-2001)
Troy Murphy helped return Notre Dame to the NCAA Tournament during his three year run in South Bend. He was the player that Mike Brey was able to build around when he took over at Notre Dame following the 2000 season.
Murphy led ND in scoring in all three of his seasons in South Bend. He became only the fourth player in Big East history to be named the Conference Player of the year twice. Chris Mullin, Patrick Ewing and Richard Hamilton were the first three.
He was one of only six Notre Dame players to be a consensus All American more than once. Murphy left Notre Dame as the fifth all time leading scorer. He helped the Irish get invited to the 2001 NCAA Tournament, their first appearance since 1990.
Jason Williams Duke (1999-2002)
Jason Williams' arrival at Duke in the fall of 1999 played a big role in then incumbent point guard William Avery foregoing his final two years of college. Williams burst on the college scene by averaging 14.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 4.2 APG. He was rewarded with the ACC and National Freshman of the Year concluding the season.
Williams was chosen to play on a select team of college players that would help the Olympic Men Basketball Team prepare for the Olympics in Sydney later that summer.
Williams was part of a team that sent five players to the NBA. Duke captured the NCAA Championship in Minneapolis defeating Arizona for the title. Duke had won its second NCAA Championship in Minnesota nine years earlier.
Williams scored 841 points in the 2001 season eclipsing the 49 year old Duke record previously held by Dick Groat.
In 2002, Williams again led the Blue Devils to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. Following the 2002 season, Williams captured the two major national player of the year awards, the Wooden and Naismith.
He ended his Duke career by having his number 22 retired.
J.J. Redick Duke (2002-2006)
J.J. Redick is the third member of the Consensus All-American decade team from Duke. Redick was widely considered the best shooter during his era of college basketball. Redick was twice elected a first team All-America while in Durham.
During his four year career, Redick set the ACC record for consecutive free throws made, most career points in the ACC Tournament and held the ACC record for career points that was subsequently broken by Hansbrough. Redick also holds the Duke record for career points.
Redick also left Duke as the NCAA Career leader in three point field goals made and missed the all-time free throw percentage record by .14 percentage points.
Redick was once dubbed the most hated current athlete in the country while in college.
Redick was a leader for Duke all four years and served his final two seasons as a team captain.
Redick won both the Naismith and Wooden awards as the nation's best player in 2006. As with Battier and Williams, Redick left Duke having his number four jersey retired.
Casey Jacobsen Stanford (1999-2002)
During his tenure at Stanford, Jacobsen helped continue an unprecedented run of success at the Farm. Jacobsen left Stanford after three years appearing in the school record book 49 times and third on the school's all-time scoring list. He was a first team All-America as a Sophomore in 2001 and was second team in 2002.
In Jacobsen's three seasons in Palo Alto, he led the Cardinal to two number one NCAA Tournament seeds and a 77-16 overall record. With teammate Curtis Bochardt, became one of the first Stanford players to leave early for the NBA Draft.
David West Xavier (1999-2003)
David West came to Xavier in 1999. His career was split between the end of the Skip Prosser era and the first two yearsof Thad Matta's tenure in the Queen City. West was a second team All-America as a Junior and first team as a Senior. He was selected as the Atlantic Ten's Player of the Year during each of his final three years in college.
In West's four years in Cincinnati, the Musketeers finished 94-32. During his two All-America years they were 52-12. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament his last three seasons and earned a number three seed during West's Senior Season.
He left Xavier as the school's all time leader in blocked shots and second in rebounding and scoring. He finished his collegiate career with averages 16.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.8 BPG and 1.4 SPG.
During West's time at Xavier, the Musketeers became a dominant force in the Atlantic Ten. They won back to back A-10 Championships during West's All-America seasons. Near the end of his career, West became the first active player in Xavier history to have his number retired.
Dee Brown Illinois (2002-06)
During Dee Brown's four seasons at Illinois, he led the Illini to unprecedented success. Brown's career began during Bill Self's final season in Champaign. The Illini finished 25-7 and second in the Big Ten. Brown teamed with Deron Williams to form a dynamic all freshmen backcourt.
After Self left for Kansas, the Illini hardly missed a beat. Williams and Brown led Illinois to their most memorable season in school history as Juniors in 2005. They finished 37-2 before losing to North Carolina in the National Championship game.
Brown was honored after his junior season as a First Team All-American. He would garner second team All-American Honors following his Senior season in 2006.
Brown finished his career with his name splashed all over the school record book. He tops the Illini career list in minutes played, games, games started and games won. Brown's 114- 23 record also ranks second in games won in Big Ten History. Brown finished his career with averages of 13.2 PPG., 4.9 APG and 1.7 SPG.
Stephen Curry Davidson (2006-2009)
It's not often a player from a school with Davidson's stature becomes an All-American. The fact the Stephen Curry did it twice is even more amazing.
In this day and age of high school stars collegiate intentions scrutinized on a daily basis, the fact that Curry, the son of former NBA player Dell Curry slipping through the cracks is unbelievable.
Curry helped put Davidson basketball back in the National Spotlight. During his three year collegiate career, Curry averaged 25.3 PPG, 3.7 APG and 4.5 RPG. He also shot 87.5% from the free throw line and 41.2% from three point range. Despite playing just three seasons, Curry left Davidson as the school's all time leading scorer.
Curry's first two seasons concluded with trips to the NCAA Tournament. In his sophomore season of 2008, the Wildcats made a scintillating run to the Elite Eight. The Wildcats Elite Eight appearance was their first since 1969.
Curry scored 30 points in Davidson's first three Tournament games that season. Curry also scored 30 in Davidson's previous NCAA Tournament game in 2007. He thus became only the fourth place in NCAA Tournament history to score 30 points in his first four tournament games.
The Wildcats upset Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin before losing to eventual National Champion Kansas. A Curry three at the buzzer glanced off the front rim, otherwise the Wildcats might have re-written history.
Luke Harangody Notre Dame (2006-2010)
Luke Harangody embarks on his Senior season attempting to become only the sixth Big East player and second from Notre Dame to win multiple Big East Player of the Year Awards.
Harangody has posted back to back 20 plus points per game and 10 plus rebound seasons earning him second team All-America honors in back to back seasons. He is the only player in Big East History to lead the league in scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons.
Harangody led Notre Dame to a 49-16 record and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two seasons. The Irish slumped to 21-15 amidst high expectations in 2009 and missed the NCAA's for the first time since 2006.
The 6'10 Senior enters 2009-10 738 points and 370 rebounds behind Austin Carr and Tom Hawkins' respective school records. He also needs only 370 points in Big East games to set the conference all-time scoring record.
Troy Bell Boston College (2000-03)
Troy Bell is probably the least recognized player on this list. He was the Big East player of the year in 2001 and 2003.
Bell finished his career 21.6 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.5 APG and 2.2 SPG. He left Boston College with 2,632 points and the school's all time scoring record.
During Bell's four seasons on Chestnut Hill, he helped turn around BC's fortunes. After an 11-19 freshmen season, the Eagles drastically reversed direction in 2001 by finishing 27-5. BC and Bell would go on to post a 39-24 record over the next two seasons. The Eagles made NCAA appearances after his sophomore and junior seasons.
Bell received second team All-America status after his sophomore and senior seasons. He left Boston College as one of the most decorated players in school history.