March 22, 2005
ATLANTA - Jarrett Jack, who led Georgia Tech to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a 20-12 record and a No. 25 final ranking in the Associated Press poll, has been named an honorable mention All-America by the AP, the news organization announced Tuesday.
It is the second consecutive year that the Yellow Jackets have placed a player on the team. B.J. Elder, who completed his career with Tech this season, made the honorable mention team in 2004.
Jack, a junior from Fort Washington, Md., led the Jackets in scoring (15.5 points per game), assists (4.53 per game), three-point field goal percentage (44.2 percent) and free throw percentage (86.6 percent) this season. He ranks11th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring, sixth in assists and third in free throw percentage, as well as fourth in overall field goal percentage (51.4).
The 6-3 point guard would be leading the conference in three-point percentage, but fell two three-pointer shy of the minimum necessary to qualify.
"Jarrett is a hard worker, and I think we can all look at him and realize how much he's improved from his freshman year to now," said head coach Paul Hewitt. "I guess the most outstanding way you can see it is that his three-point shooting has gone from I think 29 percent as freshman to somewhere like 40 percent now. Because of his work ethic, our players are very quick to listen and follow him. They know that he's in the gym as much as anybody, and at practice he gives everything he has. Certainly on the court, he's proven that in big-game situations he'll step up and deliver for his team."
Jack was also named a second-team all-ACC performer this season, and was named to the all-district team by the USBWA and to the all-South team by Basketball times. He finished his junior season 25th on Tech's all-time scoring list (1,265 points), fifth in assists (543) and fifth in steals (183).
2004-05 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA TEAM
FIRST TEAM Andrew Bogut, Utah J.J. Redick, Duke Chris Paul, Wake Forest Wayne Simien, Kansas Hakim Warrick, Syracuse
SECOND TEAM Dee Brown, Illinois Sean May, North Carolina Salim Stoudamire, Arizona Ike Diogu, Arizona State Luther Head, Illinois
THIRD TEAM Deron Williams, Illinois Shelden Williams, Duke Nate Robinson, Washington Raymond Felton, North Carolina Joey Graham, Oklahoma State
HONORABLE MENTION Eddie Basden, Charlotte; Brandon Bass, LSU; Turner Battle, Buffalo; Tim Begley, Pennsylvania; Mike Bell, Florida Atlantic. Josh Boone, Connecticut; Seamus Boxley, Portland State; Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois; Pat Carroll, Saint Joseph's; Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont. Travis Diener, Marquette; David Doubley, Pacific; Jared Dudley, Boston College; Nick Fazekas, Nevada; Channing Frye, Arizona. Francisco Garcia, Louisville; Ryan Gomes, Providence; Danny Granger, New Mexico; Caleb Green, Oral Roberts; Blake Hamilton, Monmouth. Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross; Chuck Hayes, Kentucky; Chakowby Hicks, Norfolk State; Julius Hodge, North Carolina State; Jarrett Jack, Georgia Tech. Willie Jenkins, Tennessee Tech; Alex Loughton, Old Dominion; John Lucas III, Oklahoma State; Ed McCants, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Rashad McCants, North Carolina. Juan Mendez, Niagara; Adam Morrison, Gonzaga; Yemi Nicholson, Denver; Pele Paelay, Coastal Carolina; Anthony Roberson, Florida. Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State; Craig Smith, Boston College; Steven Smith, La Salle; Joe Thompson, Sam Houston State; Obie Trotter, Alabama A&M. Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga; Eric Williams, Wake Forest; Kennedy Winston, Alabama; Brendan Winters, Davidson.
Jack led Tech in scoring, assists, three-point shooting and free throw shooting.