Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon, the forwards who have helped top-ranked UNLV to a 41-game winning streak as it prepares to defend its national championship, were named on Monday to the Associated Press All-America basketball team.
They become the fifth set of teammates to be named to the first team and the first since North Carolina's Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins in 1984.Johnson also became the 39th player to repeat as an All-American, earning the honor in both of his seasons playing for the Runnin' Rebels after transferring from junior college.
Joining the seniors on the first team were forward Billy Owens of Syracuse, a junior, and Louisiana State center Shaquille O'Neal and Georgia Tech guard Kenny Anderson, both sophomores.
A nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters voted for three teams each, with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
O'Neal was named to the first team on 62 of the 64 ballots cast and finished with 316 points, two more than Johnson, who had 61 first-team votes. Owens had 266 points, Anderson 259 and Augmon 253.
Owens and O'Neal give their schools a player on the first team for the third straight season.