The praise was passed all around as UNLV forward Larry Johnson was honored with the Eastman Award for being college basketball's best.

"The award is not accepted by me, it's accepted by my coaches, my family and, most important, my teammates," Johnson said Tuesday after accepting the award. "It's not just me getting the award, it's the whole team."Johnson, a senior, is the 17th winner of the award, voted annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Last year's winner was Lionel Simmons of La Salle.

A junior college transfer, Johnson helped UNLV to its first national championship last year when he averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

This year, the undefeated Runnin' Rebels are bidding for a second straight title with Johnson averaging 23 points and 10.8 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Johnson was also named Tuesday as The Sporting News 1990-91 College Basketball Player of the Year.