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The MikeFahmie.com All-Tournament Team

Sure, the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament didn’t posses some of the unique storlines of years gone by.  There were no George Masons, no Stephen Currys, no Jimmy Vs.  Instead, after the first wave of games, only the big dogs were left standing.  In fact, the biggest Cinderella to advance to the second weekend was Arizona, who’s not exactly a nobody in the college basketball scene.  But that didn’t mean we weren’t left without great, competitive basketball. 

 

Scotty Reynolds’ last second dagger into the heart of Pitt fans everywhere elevated him to legendary status in Philadelphia.  Cole Aldrich’s triple-double in the Jayhawks second round game will help KU top the polls when next season begins. 

 

But which five players stood out among all others?  Let’s take a look at the 2009 MikeFahmie.com All-Tournament Team: (Surprise, surprise, multiple Tar Heels made the cut…)

 

1st Team

Center – Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina.  The 2007-08 POY capped off his legendary career with a very fitting championship.  In Chapel Hill, you’re measured just as much by what banners you raise than you are records you break.  Now, Hansbrough has them both.  The ACC Scoring record, the national free-throw record, more individual accolades than you can shake a stick at, and now, finally, he’ll be known as the leader of a championship team.

 

Forward – Blake Griffin, Oklahoma.  The consensus player of the year, and now likely #1 overall draft pick, showed his stardom in the Sooners four game run.  Griffin averaged an amazing 28 points and 15 rebounds a game in the tournament.

 

Forward – Goran Suton, Michigan State.  First off, where the hell did this come from?  Suton averaged single digit points during the season, then put himself on the map with a double-double in leading the Spartans to their upset of Louisville, and a spot in the Final Four.  He was the Spartans only consistent scoring threat in the championship game, posting 17 in the loss.   

 

Guard – Wayne Ellington, North Carolina.  Ellington stepped up when star Ty Lawson was struggling, helping push the Tar Heels through an early scare against SEC regular-season champs LSU.  His 19.2 ppg average led the champs, and gets Ellington a spot on the top list.

 

Guard – Ty Lawson, North Carolina.  Fitting of the Tar Heels dominience, Lawson picks up the team’s third spot on the MFDC All-Tourney team.  While his sprained foot slowed him the first weekend, Lawson didn’t lack effectiveness, dishing out an impressive 6.8 assists per contest.  Once he got to full health, his speed was death blow for Tar Heels opponents, never more then in Monday night’s championship game blowout.

 

Head Coach – Tom Izzo, Michigan State.  Izzo proved himself once again as one of the nation’s elite coaches.  Somehow, someway, he continues to squeeze everything he can out of his teams.   This year’s Spartan team lacks a sure-fire NBA star, yet they still made it to the final game of the season.  I’m no Sparty

 

2nd Team:

C – Cole Aldirch, Kansas.

F – DeJuan Blair, Pitt

F – Ed Davis, UNC

G – Scotty Reynolds, Villanova

G – K’Len Lucas, Michigan State

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