1986 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

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An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.[1] The 1986 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and United Press International (UPI) for the 1985–86 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors chose at least a first and second 5-man team. The AP and UPI chose third teams, while NABC selected a fourth team as well; AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 1986 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams.[2] To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the different All-American teams.

1986 Consensus All-America team[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Steve Alford G Junior Indiana
Walter Berry F Junior St. John's
Len Bias F Senior Maryland
Johnny Dawkins G Senior Duke
Kenny Walker F Senior Kentucky

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Dell Curry G Senior Virginia Tech
Brad Daugherty C Senior North Carolina
Ron Harper G/F Senior Miami (OH)
Danny Manning F Sophomore Kansas
David Robinson C Junior Navy
Scott Skiles G Senior Michigan State

Individual All-America teams[edit]

All-America Team
First team Second team Third team Fourth Team
Player School Player School Player School Player School
Associated Press [3] Steve Alford Indiana Dell Curry Virginia Tech William Bedford Memphis State No fourth team
Walter Berry St. John's Brad Daugherty North Carolina Mark Price Georgia Tech
Len Bias Maryland Ron Harper Miami (OH) David Robinson Navy
Johnny Dawkins Duke Danny Manning Kansas Roy Tarpley Michigan
Kenny Walker Kentucky Scott Skiles Michigan State Dwayne Washington Syracuse
USBWA[4] Walter Berry St. John's Dell Curry Virginia Tech No third or fourth teams
Len Bias Maryland Ron Harper Miami (OH)
Brad Daugherty North Carolina Danny Manning Kansas
Johnny Dawkins Duke David Robinson Navy
Kenny Walker Kentucky Scott Skiles Michigan State
NABC[5] Steve Alford Indiana Brad Daugherty North Carolina Dell Curry Virginia Tech Mark Alarie Duke
Walter Berry St. John's Ron Harper Miami (OH) Chuck Person Auburn William Bedford Memphis State
Len Bias Maryland Danny Manning Kansas John Salley Georgia Tech Steve Mitchell Alabama-Birmingham
Johnny Dawkins Duke Mark Price Georgia Tech Roy Tarpley Michigan Scott Skiles Michigan State
Kenny Walker Kentucky David Robinson Navy Dwayne Washington Syracuse Kenny Smith North Carolina
UPI[6] Walter Berry St. John's Steve Alford Indiana Mark Alarie Duke No fourth team
Len Bias Maryland Brad Daugherty North Carolina Dell Curry Virginia Tech
Johnny Dawkins Duke Ron Harper Miami (OH) Reggie Miller UCLA
Scott Skiles Michigan State Danny Manning Kansas Mark Price Georgia Tech
Kenny Walker Kentucky Dwayne Washington Syracuse David Robinson Navy

AP Honorable Mention:[7][8]


  1. ^ The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY. 
  2. ^ NCAA Record Book - Award Winners p.137
  3. ^ AP All-America Teams
  4. ^ USBWA Men's All-Americans
  5. ^ All-America - Division I (1980's) Archived March 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ 2005 NCAA Basketball's Finest - All-Americans Archived 2009-07-21 at WebCite p.208
  7. ^ "AP ALL-AMERICA". The Indianapolis Star. March 12, 1986. p. 58. 
  8. ^ Zieralski, Ed (March 11, 1986). "WAC Player of Year: Watson calls honor 'highest tribute'". The Evening Tribune. San Diego, California. p. C-1. Also named today as an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, Watson finished his career with a school record 702 field goals, and he's now second in SDSU history in scoring with 1,735 points and fifth in career free throws with 331.