March 27, 2006
SEATTLE, Wash. - University of Washington senior Brandon Roy, who posted the school's fourth-highest single-season scoring total and eighth-highest assist figure, was announced Monday as the Huskies' first Associated Press first-team All-American in 53 years.
Roy is Washington's first All-America selection since Bob Houbregs in 1953. He was joined on the five-man first team by Randy Foye of Villanova and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga along with Duke's J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.
"When I was a kid, I dreamed about this," Roy exclaimed. "It's an incredible honor to be recognized nationally like this. My teammates deserve a lot of credit for helping me receive this award."
On Mar. 6, Roy was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year. He was only the second player in school history to receive the conference's top honor, joining Chris Welp who claimed the award in 1986.
A product of Seattle's Garfield High School, Roy led UW with 666 points and 135 assists this season. He ranked second among Pac-10 players with a 20.2-point scoring average and was fourth among playmakers with 4.1 assists per game. The 20.2 points per game was the highest figure by a Husky since Welp averaged 20.8 in 1987.
The 6-foot-6 guard possesses a remarkable all-around game. He finished among the Pac-10 leaders in eight of the 13 statistical categories the conference compiles. Along with second in scoring and fourth in assists, Roy ranked second in assist/turnover ratio (1.80), third in field goal percentage (50.8%), fifth in 3-point percentage (40.2%), fifth in free throw percentage (81.0%), ninth in steals (1.4) and 11th in rebounds (5.6). He led the team with 26 blocked shots, an average of 0.8 per game that ranked 11th in the conference.
The Huskies completed the season with a 26-7 record, finishing second in the Pac-10 with a 13-5 mark. Washington advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second straight season before being eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with a 98-92 overtime loss to No. 1 seed Connecticut on Mar. 24 in Washington, D.C.
Roy sparked a late-season run of eight consecutive wins and was rewarded with three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week awards between Feb. 13-27. That has been done only one other time in the Pac-10 over the course of one season, by Arizona State's Eddie House in 2000.
Roy registered 20 or more points in 19 games this season, including a UW record of nine consecutive 20-point performances. He averaged 23.0 points in three NCAA Tournament games, including 28 in an opening-round victory over Utah State.
The Associated Press All-America Team is recognized as the nation's oldest and most prestigious. Roy was also recognized as a first-team selection by numerous other outlets, including the U.S. Basketball Writers (USBWA), The Sporting News, ESPN.com, Scout.com, CollegeInsider.com and the Adolph Rupp All-America team. He is a finalist for numerous national player of the year honors, including the Wooden Award, the Naismith Trophy and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.