Weber Basketball Times' Coach of the Year

Head Coach Bruce Weber

Bogut, Weber claim Basketball Times' honors Basketball Times has named Utah 7-foot sophomore Andrew Bogut its Player of the Year and Illinois' Bruce Weber its Coach of the Year.

Georgetown forward Jeff Green is BT's freshman of the year. Bogut, the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, averaged 20.7 points and 12.3 rebounds while leading the Utes to the Mountain West's regular-season title and to a Sweet 16 appearance.

Under Weber, the Illini were ranked No. 1 nationally for most of the season and were unbeaten until their last regular-season game of the year.

Other first team All-Americans included
6-0 sophomore Chris Paul (14.9 ppg, 6.6 apg) of Wake Forest, 6-2 Ronald Ross (17.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg) of Texas Tech, 6-4 junior J.J. Redick (22.8 ppg) of Duke and 6-9 Wayne Simien (20.2, 11.1) of Kansas.

A common trait among the first-team All-Americans was their outstanding performances against top competition. Bogut made 16 of 18 shots while averaging 21.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in regular-season games against Arizona and Washington, missing only a pair of 3-pointers. Paul averaged 25.3 points and 6.7 assists against North Carolina and in a pair of contests against Duke .Ross, a 52-percent shooter for the season, averaged 26.0 points in the Red Raiders' two opening NCAA Tournament victories. Redick averaged 26.0 points in nine games against Top 25 competition. And Simien scored 30 points or more in each of a pair of games against Oklahoma State.

The second team consists of
6-0 junior Dee Brown (13.4 ppg, 4.5 apg) of Illinois, 6-5 senior Eddie Basden (15.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg) of Charlotte, 6-9 junior Sean May (15.9 ppg, 10.7 rpg) of North Carolina, 6-8 junior Ike Diogu (22.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg) of Arizona State and 6-11 senior Channing Frye (15.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg) of Arizona.

BT's third team:
5-9 junior Nate Robinson (16.7 ppg) of Washington, 6-3 senior Luther Head (15.8 ppg) of Illinois, 6-8 senior Hakim Warrick (21.4 ppg, 8.5 rpg) of Syracuse, 6-8 senior Danny Granger (19.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg) of New Mexico and 6-9 junior Shelden Williams (15.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg) of Duke.

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Here are BT's all-region picks:


All-Northeast
Keydren Clark, 5-9, G, Jr., St. Peter's (25.8, 4.1 apg) Taylor Coppenrath, 6-9, F, Sr, Vermont (25.7, 8.9) Jared Dudley, 6-7, F, Soph., Boston College (16.3) Ryan Gomes, 6-7, F, Sr., Providence (21.6, 8.2) Juan Mendez, 6-8, F, Sr., Niagara (23.6, 10.5) Coach – Al Skinner, Boston College


All-Mid-Atlantic
Raymond Felton, 6-1, G, Jr., UNC, (12.7, 6.9 apg) Julius Hodge, 6-7, G-F, Sr., NC State (17.0, 6.8 rpg) Alex Loughton, 6-9, F, Jr., Old Dominion (13.9, 8.1) Rashad McCants, 6-4, G-F, Jr., UNC (15.8) Eric Williams, 6-9, C, Jr., Wake Forest (16.0, 7.7) Coach – Mike Krzyzewski, Duke


All-South
Brandon Bass, 6-8, F, Soph., LSU (17.1, 9.0) Jarrett Jack, 6-3, G, Jr., Ga. Tech (15.5, 4.4 apg) Bo McCalebb, 6-0, G, Soph., New Orleans (22.6) Paul Millsap, 6-8, F-C, Soph., La. Tech (20.4, 12.4) Lawrence Roberts, 6-9, F, Sr., Miss. State (16.7, 10.9) Coach –Rick Pitino, Louisville


All-Midlands
Joey Graham, 6-7, F, Sr., Oklahoma State (18.1) Taj Gray, 6-9, F, Jr., Oklahoma (14.5, 7.8) Michael Harris, 6-6, F, Sr., Rice (20.6, 11.7) John Lucas, 5-11, G, Sr., Oklahoma State (18.1) Omar Thomas, 6-5, F, Sr., UTEP (20.4, 6.8) Coach – Bobby Knight, Texas Tech


All-Mideast
Alan Anderson, 6-6, G-F, Sr., Mich. State (13.6, 5.4) Darren Brooks, 6-3, G, Sr., So. Ill. (15.0, 4.3 apg) Travis Diener, 6-1, G, Sr., Marquette (19.7, 7.0) Mike Wilkinson, 6-8, F, Sr., Wisconsin (14.3, 7.3) Deron Williams, 6-3, G, Jr., Illinois (12.2, 6.5 apg) Coach – Chris Lowery, Southern Illinois


All-Rockies
Odartey Blankson, 6-7, F, Sr., UNLV (17.7, 8.2) Nick Fazekas, 6-11, F, Soph., Nevada (21.4, 9.4) Yemi Nicholson, 6-10, C, Jr., Denver (18.1, 8.4) Spencer Nelson, 6-8, F. Sr., Utah State (16.4, 8.1) Salim Stoudamire, 6-1, G, Sr., Arizona (18.4) Coach – Mark Fox, Nevada


All-West Coast
Seamus Boxley, 6-7, F, Sr, Portland St. (20.6, 8.1) Adam Morrison, 6-8, F, Soph., Gonzaga (18.5) Tre Simmons, 6-5, G, Sr., Washington (16.3) Dijon Thompson, 6-7, F, Sr., UCLA (18.3, 8.0) Ronny Turiaf, 6-10, F, Sr., Gonzaga (16.1, 9.3) Coach – Lorenzo Romar, Washington


All-Freshman (First Team)
Aaron Bruce, 6-2, G, Baylor (18.2, 3.8 apg) Daniel Gibson, 6-2, G, Texas (14.2, 3.9 apg) Jeff Green, 6-8, F, Georgetown (13.1, 6.8 rpg) Marvin Williams, 6-9, F, N. Carolina (11.2, 6.4 rpg) Darius Washington, 6-2, G, Memphis (15.2, 3.7 apg) Rookie Coach – Mark Fox, Nevada


All-Freshman (Second Team)
C.J. Anderson, 6-6, G-F, Manhattan (16.1, 8.6 rpg) Jaycee Carroll, 6-2, G, Utah State (14.7) Glen Davis, 6--9, F, LSU (13.4, 8.7) Toney Douglas, 6-1, G, Auburn (16.9) Rudy Gay., 6-9, F, Connecticut (11.9, 5.6 rpg)

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