Sean Elliott didn't have to be told he had made The Associated Press All-America team. But he was happy to find out.
"It's a real good feeling. Going into the (NCAA) tournament, it's a real emotional boost," the Arizona senior said. "By this time, there's something that tells you, you almost know you're going to be on the team."Elliott, the only repeater on the first team announced Monday, was joined by seniors Danny Ferry of Duke, Stacey King of Oklahoma, Sherman Douglas of Syracuse, and freshman Chris Jackson of LSU.
The voting was done by the same national panel of sports writers and broadcasters which selects the weekly Top Twenty. Each voter selected three teams with points distributed on a 5-3-1 basis.
The second team was comprised of seniors Pervis Ellison of Louisville, Glen Rice of Michigan, Mookie Blaylock of Oklahoma and Charles Smith of Georgetown, and sophomore Jay Edwards of Indiana.
The third team was seniors Todd Lichti of Stanford and George McCloud of Florida State, juniors Hank Gathers of Loyola Marymount, the nation's leading scorer and rebounder, and Lionel Simmons of La Salle, and freshman center Alonzo Mourning of Georgetown.
Elliott, the 51st player to repeat as an All-American in the 41 years a team has been selected, was the top vote-getter with 324 points and was named on the first team by 63 voters, just edging Ferry, 318 and 61, and King, 316 and 60.
The 6-foot-8 Elliott, the Pac-10's all-time leading scorer, leads the top-ranked Wildcats by averaging 22.0 points and 4.3 assists and is second in rebounding at 7.0.
Jackson, college basketball's all-time freshman scoring leader with 942 points, became only the second player of his class ever to make the team. Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma was the only other freshman selected as an All-American.
Ferry has already been to the Final Four with the Blue Devils and the 6-10 forward averaged 22.7 points and 7.4 rebounds while handing out 5.0 assists per game.
King, a powerful inside player at 6-10, suffered a broken index finger on his shooting hand midway through the season, but it failed to deter from averages of 26.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while blocking 70 shots and shooting 52.3 percent from the field.