March 23, 2004
Air Force sophomore Nick Welch has been selected to the 2004 Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention team, announced Tuesday afternoon. Welch, who earlier this season was named Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year, is the fifth Air Force player to earn All-America honors in the 48-year history of the basketball program.
Welch led the Falcons to their first conference regular-season title and their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 42 years. Air Force lost to North Carolina, 63-52, in the first round on March 18. Welch led the team in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He shot 54.2 percent (117-216) from the field, the ninth-best percentage in the conference and was listed in the top 10 among conference players in three other categories, steals (4th, 1.43/game), 3-point percentage (6th, 42.0 percent) and assists (10th, 2.86/game).
The 6-8 center from Fort Worth, Texas, posted double figures in scoring in the last 15 games of the season and scored at least 10 points in all 14 conference games. He led the Falcons with 17 points against North Carolina.
Welch is the first Falcon to earn All-America honors since Otis Jones was an honorable mention by Basketball Times following the 1994-95 season. Raymond Dudley, Air Force's career scoring leader, garnered the same honor following the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons. Bob Beckel was AFA's first All-American, earning the distinction from Helms in 1957-58 and '58-59. Cliff Parsons was a Helms All-American in 1967-68.
The AP All-America team is selected by the same media panel of 72 that votes on the weekly poll. Each member selected three All-America teams, with players receiving points on a 5-3-1 basis.
2004 AP All-America Basketball Teams
Jameer Nelson, Saint Joseph's, 5-11, 190, senior, Chester, Pa.
Emeka Okafor, Connecticut, 6-9, 252, junior, Houston, Texas
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State, 6-9, 230, junior, Houston, Texas
Josh Childress, Stanford, 6-8, 205, junior, Los Angeles, Calif.
Ryan Gomes, Providence, 6-7, 245, junior, Waterbury, Conn.
Devin Harris, Wisconsin, 6-3, 185, junior, Milwaukee, Wis.
Julius Hodge, North Carolina State, 6-6, 191, junior, New York, N.Y.
Luke Jackson, Oregon, 6-7, 215, senior, Creswell, Ore.
Andre Emmett, Texas Tech, 6-5, 225, senior, Dallas, Texas
Blake Stepp, Gonzaga, 6-4, 192, senior, Eugene, Ore.
Chris Duhon, Duke, 6-1, 185, senior, Slidell, La.
John Lucas, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 152, junior, Houston, Texas
Hakim Warrick, Syracuse, 6-8, 205, junior, Wynnewood, Pa.
Rashad McCants, North Carolina, 6-4, 207, sophomore, Asheville, N.C.
Wayne Simien, Kansas, 6-9, 250, junior, Leavenworth, Kan.
HONORABLE MENTION (In alphabetical order)
Tony Allen, Oklahoma State; Rafael Araujo, BYU; Andre Barrett, Seton Hall; Odell Bradley, IUPUI; Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois; Dee Brown, Illinois; Antonio Burks, Memphis; Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont; Erik Daniels, Kentucky; Miah Davis, Pacific; Paul Davis, Michigan State; Greg Davis, Troy State; Luol Deng, Duke; Ike Diogu, Arizona State; B.J. Elder, Georgia Tech; Gerald Fitch, Kentucky; Luis Flores, Manhattan; Jason Forte, Brown; Matt Freije, Vanderbilt; Francisco Garcia, Louisville; Danny Gathings, High Point; Ben Gordon, Connecticut; David Harrison, Colorado; David Hawkins, Temple; Kris Humphries, Minnesota; LeRoy Hurd, Texas-San Antonio; Andre Iguodala, Arizona; Arthur Johnson, Missouri; Domonic Jones, Virginia Commonwealth; Carl Krauser, Pittsburgh; Jaime Lloreda, LSU; Bryant Matthews, Virginia Tech; Sean May, North Carolina; Attarrius Norwood, Mississippi Valley State; Dylan Page, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Chris Paul, Wake Forest; Tim Pickett, Florida State; J.J. Redick, Duke; Anthony Roberson, Florida; Ron Robinson, Central Connecticut State; Austen Rowland, Lehigh; Romain Sato, Xavier; Alvin Snow, Eastern Washington; Kirk Snyder, Nevada; Chris Thomas, Notre Dame; Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga; Cuthbert Victor, Murray State; Zakee Wadood, East Tennessee State; Nick Welch, Air Force; Mike Wells, Western Kentucky; Delonte West, Saint Joseph's; Mike Williams, Western Michigan; Shelden Williams, Duke; Thurman Zimmerman, South Carolina State.