SAN ANTONIO Utah State's Jaycee Carroll concluded his collegiate career in the Alamodome Friday night in the National Association of Basketball Coaches College All-Star game.
Carroll started the game for the American All-Stars and scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds and one steal in approximately 10 minutes of play.Duke's DeMarcus Nelson scored 21 points to help the National team beat the American team 106-100. Nelson finished 6-for-12 from the field to go with five rebounds in 26 minutes to earn MVP honors. Xavier's Josh Duncan added 16 points off the bench for the National team, while Vanderbilt's Shan Foster had 15 points with four 3-pointers.
HANSBROUGH WINS AP AWARD: Tyler Hansbrough had a very busy Friday morning on the biggest weekend of his young basketball career.
The North Carolina junior forward was selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year, an honor that came less than an hour after he was presented the Oscar Robertson Trophy by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association as their player of the year.
The ceremonies were a couple of blocks apart, and the 6-foot-9 Hansbrough, his coach and parents made the short walk.
"I know people don't believe this stuff, but he's just a kid, a regular kid," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said when the group arrived for the AP's presentation. "We're walking over for him to get another player of the year award, and practice for the Final Four is in less than an hour. I tell him that it's going to be close for him to change clothes and get ready when he just stopped and said, 'What about eating?' He's doing all this and he's still just a kid, a great kid who happens to be a darn good basketball player."
Hansbrough led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (22.8) and rebounding (10.3) as the Tar Heels (36-2) were ranked No. 1 for all but six weeks this season and were the overall top seed for the NCAA tournament.
Hansbrough was presented the award the day before the Tar Heels play Kansas in the second game of the Final Four."The No. 1 goal is getting wins here; that's the most important thing," he said. "Individual awards are great, but the national championship is the ultimate goal."
CAL HIRES MONTGOMERY: California has turned to its biggest rival to find its new basketball coach, hiring former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery on Friday to replace the fired Ben Braun.
Montgomery was to be officially introduced at a news conference on campus Saturday, the school said.
Montgomery, who spent 18 years with the Cardinal, has been out of coaching since August 2006, when he was let go after two seasons in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors. He has announced college games and been an assistant athletic director at Stanford while still collecting money from the final two years of his contract with Golden State.
Braun was fired last week after 12 seasons as coach when the Bears missed the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years. Montgomery made the tournament his final 10 years at Stanford, winning at least one game each time.