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Hansbrough leads AP's preseason All-America team

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

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Tyler Hansbrough
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina led a preseason All-

America team of underclassmen.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward was the top vote-getter Tuesday on the team chosen by the same panel that selects The Associated Press' weekly college basketball poll.

Joining Hansbrough were juniors Joakim Noah of Florida, Ronald Steele of Alabama and Glen Davis of LSU and sophomore Brandon Rush of Kansas.

The 2006-07 team was decidedly different from the season before when four seniors and a junior were picked for the preseason honors.

Hansbrough was named on 65 of the 72 ballots, one more than Noah. Steele received 55 votes, while Davis had 51 and Rush 26.

Hansbrough was the key to North Carolina's surprising season that saw the Tar Heels go from unranked to 10th in the final poll.

He averaged 18.9 points and 7.9 rebounds and made Carolina fans and coach Roy Williams very happy when he decided to return for a second season in Chapel Hill.

''There's a lot of things I want to accomplish as a team,'' Hansbrough said. ''I had a good year, but I talked to coach and we both agreed there's a lot of things I could get better at individually. I'd like to go a little farther in the tournament and have a better ending.

''I've never really known a player to spend another year with coach Williams and get worse.''

The 6-11 Noah was the star of Florida's run to its first national championship last season, averaging 14.2 points and 7.1 rebounds.

His flowing hair and engaging smile has made him a fan favorite and his ever-improving talent has made the son of former tennis star Yannick Noah one of the country's top players.