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David Kool one of state's three AP All-America honorable mentions

By Graham Couch | Kalamazoo Gazette

March 29, 2010, 1:19PM
Kool.jpgDavid Kool finished his career at Western Michigan as the school's all-time leading scorer and the Mid-American Conference's career leader in free throws made.


KALAMAZOO — In his quest to be recognized at his craft, among his peers, former Western Michigan University men’s basketball star David Kool is having a really good month.

Already the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and one of college basketball’s select seniors invited to the Portsmouth NBA pre-draft camp, Kool was named Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention on Monday.

The AP All-America teams are widely considered the most prestigious of the All-American squads. Fifty-eight players were honored, five each on the first, second and third teams, followed by 43 honorable mentions.

“Looking at those names on that list ... my dad actually called me and I had him read me the entire thing,” Kool said. “It’s a great honor to be on that list, with some of the guys on there.

“It’s been a good month for me personally. It’s a good feeling to know that all the hard work, all the hours, especially last summer, is paying off and more.”

Kool, who led the MAC in scoring at 21.6 points per game, is the first WMU player to earn All-American status since Mike Williams was named AP honorable mention in 2004.

Otherwise it’s been 41 years since a Bronco was an All-American, with Gene Ford (1969), Manny Newsome (1964), Don Boven (1949) and Harold Gensichen (1947) the others to have been named All-Americans, by the coaches association or another panel.

This year, Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas and Oakland’s Keith Benson were the only other representatives from the state of Michigan programs.

No other MAC player made the list.

“It lets me know if I keep going I’ve got a chance to do something special,” said Kool, who will be in Portsmouth, Va., next week as one of 64 chosen players at that pre-draft showcase. “It definitely keeps me motivated.”

E-mail: gcouch@kalamazoogazette.com

2009-10 AP All-America Basketball Teams

FIRST TEAM

Evan Turner, Ohio State, 6-7, 205, junior, Chicago, 20.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 5.9 apg, 54.0 fg pct, 1.8 steals (64 first-place votes, 323 points)

John Wall, Kentucky, 6-4, 195, freshman, Raleigh, N.C., 16.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.8 steals (62, 319)

Wes Johnson, Syracuse, 6-7, 205, junior, Corsicana, Texas, 16.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.9 blocks (45, 280)

Scottie Reynolds, Villanova, 6-2, 190, senior, Herndon, Va., 18.5 ppg, 3.3 apg, 39.9 3-pt fg pct, 82.7 ft pct (32, 243)

DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky, 6-11, 270, freshman, Mobile, Ala., 15.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 54.1 fg pct, 1.8 blocks (26, 205)


SECOND TEAM 

James Anderson, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 210, junior, Junction City, Ark., 22.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg (27, 197)

Sherron Collins, Kansas, 5-11, 205, senior, Chicago, 15.6 ppg, 4.4 apg, 85.1 ft pct (15, 194)

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland, 6-6, 200, senior, Caracas, Venezuela, 19.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.3 apg, 85.1 ft pct, 1.7 steals (14, 190)

Jon Scheyer, Duke, 6-5, 190, senior, Northbrook, Ill., 18.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, 36.6 minutes, 87.5 ft pct (5, 144)

Da’Sean Butler, West Virginia, 6-7, 230, senior, Newark, N.J., 17.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg (10, 138)


THIRD TEAM

Greg Monroe, Georgetown, 6-11, 247, sophomore, New Orleans, 16.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.7 apg, 52.1 fg pct (9, 119)

Cole Aldrich, Kansas, 6-11, 245, junior, Bloomington, Minn., 11.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 55.9 fg pct, 3.5 blocks (7, 91)

Damion James, Texas, 6-7, 225, senior, Nacogdoches, Texas, 18.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 50.9 fg pct, 40.2 3-pt fg pct (1, 83)

Luke Harangody, Notre Dame, 6-8, 246, senior, Schererville, Ind., 22.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg (4, 76)

Darington Hobson, New Mexico, 6-7, 205, junior, Las Vegas, 16.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 4.6 apg (1, 50)


HONORABLE MENTION

Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest; Kevin Anderson, Richmond; Luke Babbitt, Nevada; Keith Benson, Oakland; Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga. 

Randy Culpepper, UTEP; Noah Dahlman, Wofford; Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech; Devan Downey, South Carolina. 

Muhammad El-Amin, Stony Brook; Kenneth Faried, Morehead State; Alex Franklin, Siena; Jimmer Fredette, BYU; Marquez Haynes, Texas-Arlington.

Gordon Hayward, Butler; Lazar Hayward, Marquette; Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb; Reggie Holmes, Morgan State; Robbie Hummel, Purdue.

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra; Garrison Johnson, Jackson State; Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara; Tyren Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette; Dominique Jones, South Florida.

Adam Koch, Northern Iowa; David Kool, Western Michigan; Damian Lillard, Weber State; Kalin Lucas, Michigan State; C.J. McCollum, Lehigh.

E’Twaun Moore, Purdue; Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford; Patrick Patterson, Kentucky; Quincy Pondexter, Washington; Jacob Pullen, Kansas State.

Jerome Randle, California; Andy Rautins, Syracuse; Justin Rutty, Quinnipiac; Omar Samhan, Saint Mary’s; Kyle Singler, Duke; Ekpe Udoh, Baylor; Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State; Hassan Whiteside, Marshall; Ryan Wittman, Cornell.


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