The Washington Times - March 5, 2008, 08:58PM
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First team\ \ \ PG Phil Ford, North Carolina (18.6 points, 6.1 assists, 52.7 FG shooting)\ SG Michael Jordan, North Carolina (17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 54.0 FG shooting)\ F Len Bias, Maryland (16.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 53.6 FG shooting)\ F/C Sam Perkins, North Carolina (15.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 57.6 FG shooting)\ C Ralph Sampson, Virginia (16.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 56.8 FG shooting)\ \ \ Second team\ \ \ PG John Lucas, Maryland (18.3 points, 4.7 assists, 52.5 FG shooting)\ SG Johnny Dawkins, Duke (19.0 points, 4.2 assists, 50.8 FG shooting)\ F Walter Davis, North Carolina (15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 53.1 FG shooting)\ F James Worthy, North Carolina (14.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 54.1 FG shooting)\ C Mike Gminski, Duke (19.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, 53.1 FG shooting)\ \ \ Third team\ \ \ PG Mark Price, Georgia Tech (17.4 points, 4.0 assists, 85 FT shooting)\ SG Jeff Lamp, Virginia (18.8 points, 49.2 FG shooting, 84.9 FT shooting)\ F Rod Griffin, Wake Forest (18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 55.2 FG shooting)\ F Buck Williams, Maryland (13.6 points, 10.9 rebounds 61.5 FG shooting)\ C Brad Daugherty, North Carolina (14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 62.0 FG shooting)\ \ \ Coach: Dean Smith, North Carolina (five ACC titles, three Final Fours, one national title)
The first team is self-explanatory.\ \ \ Ralph Sampson, Phil Ford and Michael Jordan would likely make the all-time first team. Sam Perkins was a two-time consensus All-American but the second-best player on his team behind Jordan. Len Bias could play, too.\ \ \ An All-American in basketball and tennis, John Lucas leads the second team.\ \ \ Johnny Dawkins was Mike Krzyzewski’s first great player. He helped Coach K to his first Final Four, the beginning of Duke’s reign as the best program of the last 20 years.\ \ \ At the forward spots, it’s James Worthy and Walter Davis of North Carolina.\ \ \ Mike Gminski was a great player, now a pretty good color analyst.\ \ \ The point guard on the third team is Mark Price, who made Georgia Tech basketball relevant.\ \ \ The anti-Hansbrough, Brad Daugherty was 16 years old when he started at center and 20 when he was the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.\ \ \ The last three spots were close ones. Jeff Lamp edged Jim Spanarkel, Rod Griffin edged Albert King and Buck Williams knocked out Mitch Kupchak.\ \ \ Dean Smith of North Carolina was the easy pick as the era’s most successful coach.\ \ \ But his coaching acumen often received mixed reviews.\ \ \ By 1982, Smith had advanced to seven Final Fours and finally won a national title. He was the best at producing fundamentally sound players and NBA players – Ford, Jordan, Worthy, Davis, Daugherty, Kupchak, Kenny Smith, Mike O’Koren, Al Wood and Dudley Bradley just from the era at hand.\ \ \ However, his in-game decisions raised questions.\ \ \ Was he outcoached by Al McGuire of Marquette in the 1977 national title game?\ \ \ Did he take great talent and produce just very good results?\ \ \ Did he overcoach, taking great, athletic players and too often playing slow-down ball?\ \ \ In the 1982 ACC final, he beat Virginia 47-45. That game, which featured Worthy, Jordan, Perkins and Sampson, was the No. 1 impetus in the NCAA adopting the shot clock. \ \ \ Jim Valvano deserves honorable mention for 1983, when he introduced not the term but the idea of March Madness.
Patrick Stevens