1979 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1979 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams.[1] To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1979 Consensus All-America team

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Larry Bird F Senior Indiana State
Mike Gminski C Junior Duke
David Greenwood F Senior UCLA
Magic Johnson G Sophomore Michigan State
Sidney Moncrief G Senior Arkansas
Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Bill Cartwright C Senior San Francisco
Calvin Natt C Senior Northeast Louisiana
Mike O'Koren F Junior North Carolina
Jim Paxson G/F Senior Dayton
Jim Spanarkel G Senior Duke
Kelly Tripucka F Sophomore Notre Dame
Sly Williams F Junior Rhode Island

Individual All-America teams

All-America Team
First team Second team Third team Fourth Team
Player School Player School Player School Player School
Associated Press [2] Larry Bird Indiana State Mike Gminski Duke Joe Barry Carroll Purdue No fourth team
Bill Cartwright San Francisco Vinnie Johnson Baylor Roy Hamilton UCLA
David Greenwood UCLA Reggie King Alabama Greg Kelser Michigan State
Magic Johnson Michigan State Ronnie Lester Iowa Kelly Tripucka Notre Dame
Sidney Moncrief Arkansas Calvin Natt Northeast Louisiana Sly Williams Rhode Island
USBWA[3] Larry Bird Indiana State Calvin Natt Northeast Louisiana No third or fourth teams
Bill Cartwright San Francisco Mike O'Koren North Carolina
Mike Gminski Duke Jim Paxson Dayton
Magic Johnson Michigan State Kelly Tripucka Notre Dame
Sidney Moncrief Arkansas Sly Williams Rhode Island
NABC[4] Larry Bird Indiana State Bill Cartwright San Francisco Joe Barry Carroll Purdue Danny Ainge Brigham Young
Mike Gminski Duke Reggie King Alabama Darrell Griffith Louisville James Bailey Rutgers
David Greenwood UCLA Mike O'Koren North Carolina Ronnie Lester Iowa Calvin Natt Northeast Louisiana
Magic Johnson Michigan State Jim Spanarkel Duke Kyle Macy Kentucky Bernard Toone Marquette
Sidney Moncrief Arkansas Kelly Tripucka Notre Dame Jim Paxson Dayton Mike Woodson Indiana
UPI[5] Larry Bird Indiana State Bill Cartwright San Francisco James Bailey Rutgers No fourth team
Mike Gminski Duke Darrell Griffith Louisville Gene Banks Duke
David Greenwood UCLA Sidney Moncrief Arkansas Ronnie Lester Iowa
Magic Johnson Michigan State Mike O'Koren North Carolina Kelvin Ransey Ohio State
Jim Spanarkel Duke Kelly Tripucka Notre Dame Sly Williams Rhode Island

Academic All-Americans

On March 21, 1979, CoSIDA announced the 1979 Academic All-America team.[6] The following is the 1978–79 Academic All-America Men's Basketball Team as selected by CoSIDA:

Academic All-America Team
Player School Class
Mike Gminski Duke Junior
Greg Kelser Michigan State Senior
Jim Krivacs Texas Senior
Kyle Macy Kentucky Senior
Jim Paxson Dayton Senior
Ron Perry Holy Cross Junior
Jim Spanarkel Duke Senior
Kelly Tripucka Notre Dame Sophomore
Darnell Valentine Kansas Sophomore
Kiki Vandeweghe UCLA Junior


  1. ^ NCAA Record Book - Award Winners p.137
  2. ^ AP All-America Teams
  3. ^ USBWA Men's All-Americans
  4. ^ All-America - Division I (1970's)
  5. ^ 2005 NCAA Basketball's Finest - All-Americans Archived 2009-07-21 at WebCite p.208
  6. ^ "Gminski, Spanarkel on all-academic team". Wilmington Morning Star. March 22, 1979. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
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