When he would talk with reporters before the season started, Brandon Roy would say matter-of-factly that yes, he wanted to be an All-American.
"But he never let his individual goals come in front of the team concept," said Washington coach Lorenzo Romar.
And in spite of that — or maybe because of that — Roy achieved all of his individual goals, anyway.
The biggest might have come Monday, when he was named to the five-man Associated Press All-America team, generally regarded as the most prestigious.
Roy was joined on the team by Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison, Duke guard J.J. Redick and center Shelden Williams and Villanova guard Randy Foye.
Roy is the first UW player named to the AP team since Bob Houbregs in 1953.
Roy is likely to be considered a consensus All-American, having also made teams named by the United States Basketball Writers Association and The Sporting News. The only other Huskies to achieve consensus status are Houbregs in 1953 and guard Hal Lee in 1934. (Jack Nichols was a second-team consensus pick in 1948).
"When I was a kid, I dreamed about this," Roy said in a statement released by UW. "It's an incredible honor to be recognized nationally like this. My teammates deserve a lot of credit for helping me receive this award."
Roy, a graduate of Garfield High, was one of the most versatile players in the country. He was second in scoring in the Pac-10 at 20.2 — best for a Husky since Christian Welp averaged 20.8 in 1987 — and fourth in assists at 4.1. He finished among the Pac-10 leaders in eight of 13 individual statistical categories.
Morrison is the second Gonzaga player to receive All-America honors, joining Dan Dickau (2002). Morrison, a junior who is expected to leave for the NBA, led the nation in scoring at 28.4 (Redick averaged 27.4).
"I guess to be a unanimous pick with J.J. seems only fitting since the two of us have been followed so closely this year," Morrison said.
Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey from Kentwood High and Gonzaga's J.P. Batista were named honorable mention.
Morrison, Redick and Williams had all been named to the AP preseason All-America team.
But Roy's preseason plaudits had been mostly regional. He hurt his knee early in his junior season and came off the bench once he returned. It wasn't until the Pac-10 season began and the team started to count on Roy more that he began to put up big scoring numbers.
He was also named Pac-10 player of the year and won conference player of the week honors three times.
"His is so special because he earned it," Romar said Monday. "He did it in the most unselfish way he could do it. ... And then he ends up being rewarded more than any [Husky] in more than 50 years."
The Huskies finished a 26-7 season with a 98-92 overtime loss to UConn in the Sweet 16 on Friday.
• Romar said after replaying the game numerous times, his biggest regret is not emphasizing to his players how he wanted the defense aligned on the three-pointer by Rashad Anderson that tied the score at the end of regulation. Romar said his players should have "all been at the [three-point] arc," and been "up to cover the ball more. ... It was my fault not to explain that more thoroughly." However, he said again he would not have fouled to prevent a three-pointer from being taken. "The odds are in your favor that if you defend it properly they will miss it."
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|2005-06 All-America first team|
|Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
|J.J. Redick, Duke
|Randy Foye, Villanova
|Shelden Williams, Duke
|Brandon Roy, Washington