North Carolina's Phil Ford and Marquette's Butch Lee, the nation's premier college guards, were named to the All-America basketball teams of the Associated Press and United Press International yesterday.
In the nationwide voting by sportswriters and broadcasters, Ford received the highest point total (906) in AP balloting. Lee led UPI's team with 144 votes to Ford's 131. Lee was AP's second vote-getter, with 866.
The wire services also had the same front line on their first teams -- center Mychal Thompson of Minnesota and forwards Larry Bird, Indiana State, and David Greenwood, UCLA.
Ford is the only repeater on either team; he made AP's top five last season.
Ford, apple of the pro scouts' eyes, is considered to be the best playmaker ever to run Dean Smith's four-corner offense at North Carolina. He broke the Tar Heels' career records for scoring and assists this season, his best year at Chapel Hill.
"If I had to choose the ideal qualities I want in a guard," said Smith, "the result would be Phil ford. He's the perfect team player, because of his special blend of talent and desire. I don't know of a guard more suited to the role."
Leading North Carolina to the regular-season championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Ford averaged nearly 21 points a game and amassed 168 assists. The 6-foot-2 guard from Rocky Mount, N.C., finished the regular season with 2,246 career points, third-highest in ACC history, and had an impressive figure of 749 lifetime assists.