Unanimous All-ACC starts honors for Dixon

Terp also is Williams' 2nd to be NABC All-American

March 05, 2002|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland senior guard Juan Dixon wants to lead the second-ranked Terrapins to the first national championship in school history, and the Baltimore native and Calvert Hall product already has begun to go out in style.

One day after leading Maryland to a 112-92 victory over Virginia that closed out the Cole Field House era, Dixon was named a first-team All-American, earned his third straight All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team honor in a unanimous vote and was selected again to the ACC's All-Defensive team yesterday.

"It's all exciting, especially after Senior Night and all of the activities surrounding Cole Field House last week," said Dixon, who also won his seventh ACC Player of the Week award. "I'm proud to be mentioned with all of the great players in Maryland's history. Now all I want to do is concentrate on playing basketball and help us to keep winning."

Dixon, who has led Maryland in scoring for three straight seasons and has led them in scoring 17 times this year, is the second Terp in the 13-year Gary Williams era to be named to the All-America first team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Joe Smith earned that honor in 1995.

He was joined on the first team by Duke's Jason Williams and Mike Dunleavy, Kansas' Drew Gooden and Cincinnati's Steve Logan.

Dixon also became the first Maryland player since John Lucas (1974-76) to be named to the all-conference team three times. He needs 68 points to become the school's all-time leading scorer, and needs 26 steals to become the ACC's career leader.

"To be selected first-team All-ACC in three straight seasons is a terrific accomplishment," Gary Williams said. "Juan has had a great career here at Maryland."

Terps senior center Lonny Baxter had to settle for the all-conference second team, since second-place Duke had Williams, Dunleavy and center Carlos Boozer on the first team. North Carolina State guard Anthony Grundy also made the first team.

Three other Terps were honored in the voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Writers Association. Steve Blake and Chris Wilcox were third-team picks, and Byron Mouton earned honorable mention.

All-ACC teams

First team

Player, Team.......1st-place...Points

Juan Dixon, Maryland...84...252

Jason Williams, Duke...84...252

Mike Dunleavy, Duke...81...249

Anthony Grundy, N.C....State 57...220

Carlos Boozer, Duke... 44...211

Second team

Lonny Baxter, Maryland... 34...199

Darius Songaila, Wake Forest...20...185

Roger Mason Jr., Virginia...6...147

Tony Akins, Georgia Tech...4...141

Travis Watson, Virginia...3...128

Third team

Steve Blake, Maryland...1...99

Josh Howard, Wake Forest...1...99

Edward Scott, Clemson...59

Chris Wilcox, Maryland...1...55

Jason Capel, North Carolina...39

Honorable mention

Monte Cummings, Florida State, 38; Chris Duhon, Duke, 37; Delvon Arrington, Florida State, 18; Kris Lang, North Carolina, 18; Dahntay Jones, Duke, 16; Byron Mouton, Maryland, 12; Craig Dawson, Wake Forest, 10.

All-Defensive Team

Juan Dixon, Maryland...72

Anthony Grundy, N.C. State...61

Chris Duhon, Duke...45

Lonny Baxter, Maryland...44

Mike Dunleavy, Duke...33

All-Freshman Team

Julius Hodge, N.C. State...75

Ed Nelson, Georgia Tech...74

B.J. Elder, Georgia Tech...56

Jawad Williams, North Carolina...33

Josh Powell, N.C. State...33

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