Maryland forward Terence Morris garnered yet another preseason award yesterday when he was named to the Associated Press preseason all-American team.
Morris, a 6-foot-9 junior who is the Terrapins' only returning starter, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year by journalists attending the league's media day last month.
"It feels good," Morris said of his latest award, "but the best part will be if I finish the season off still on the first team."
Morris was joined on the first team by Auburn forward Chris Porter, Ohio State guard Scoonie Penn, Michigan State guard Mateen Cleaves and DePaul guard Quentin Richardson. Porter, Penn and Cleaves are seniors; Richardson is a sophomore.
Morris averaged 15.3 points and 7.1 rebounds last season, earning first-team all-ACC honors.
"I think it is a great accomplishment," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said of yesterday's announcement. "Last year, he played with Steve Francis, plus Laron Profit and Obinna Ekezie, so it wasn't like Terence was the focal point as a sophomore. To go from there to where he is picked as one of the top five players in the country is an outstanding accomplishment."
Williams said he does not worry about Morris getting wrapped up in his accolades. Morris had 34 points and 20 rebounds in Maryland's 105-98 exhibition victory over the California All-Stars on Tuesday night. The Terrapins' season opener is Nov. 17 against San Francisco in the opening round of the Preseason NIT.
"Any personal awards like that are great for the individual involved, and they are also good for our team and our program," Williams said.
Connecticut guard Khalid El-Amin, Texas center Chris Mihm, Ohio State guard Michael Redd, Cincinnati center Kenyon Martin and Stanford forward Mark Madsen were named to the AP's second team.