Darren Collison Named <i>Associated Press</i> Preseason All-American

Nov. 5, 2007

LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior point guard Darren Collison became the first Bruin in history to be named to the Associated Press' preseason All-America team. Collison became just the 12th player in Pac-10 history to be named a preseason All-American (selections began in 1986-87) and the first since Arizona State's Ike Diogu in 2003-04.

Tyler Hansbrough's junior year at North Carolina has begun much the same way his sophomore did, as the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

The 6-foot-9 forward was one vote shy of a unanimous pick Monday and was joined by senior center Roy Hibbert of Georgetown, senior guard Chris Lofton of Tennessee, senior guard Drew Neitzel of Michigan State and Collison of UCLA.

The team was selected by the 72-member panel that votes in the weekly Top 25 poll.

Hibbert received 62 votes, one more than Lofton, while Neitzel was on 37 ballots and Collison was on 31. The next-highest vote-getter was Brandon Rush of Kansas with 23.

Collison has helped lead the Bruins' to two Final Four appearances and back-to-back Pacific-10 Conference championships. Last year, he averaged 12.7 points and 5.7 assists as a sophomore and shot 44.7 percent from three-point range.

Hibbert, Lofton and Collison were all honorable mention selections at the end of last season.

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