Ryan Gomes Named Associated Press First Team All-America

    Ryan Gomes became the first Friar to earn Associated Press First Team All-America honors in 30 years when he was named to team on March 23.

    Ryan Gomes became the first Friar to earn Associated Press First Team All-America honors in 30 years when he was named to team on March 23.

    March 23, 2004

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College junior forward Ryan Gomes (Waterbury, Conn.) was named to the Associated Press First Team All-America squad on Tuesday, March 23. Gomes joined Saint Joseph's Jameer Nelson, Connecticut's Emeka Okafor, Mississippi State's Lawrence Roberts and Stanford's Josh Childress on the First Team. Gomes becomes just the fourth Friar ever to earn AP First Team honors and the first PC player in 30 years to be named to the First Team. Gomes joins former Friar greats Jimmy Walker (1967), Ernie DiGregorio (1973) and Marvin Barnes (1974) as the only Providence players to earn AP First Team All-America accolades.

    "It is a great honor to be named to this team with some of the top players in America," Gomes said. "I owe a lot to my teammates and coaches, who have helped me become a better player. This is a reflection of the great season our team had and is a tribute to our program. Lastly, I have great respect for the past Friars that have earned this award and it is a privilege to be mentioned with some of the all-time greats at Providence such as Jimmy Walker, Ernie DiGregorio and Marvin Barnes."

    For Gomes, who also was named ESPN.com First Team All-America, CBS SportsLine.com First Team All-America, United States Basketball Writers Association First Team All-America, Sporting News First Team All-America, NABC Second Team All-America and College Insider.com All-America, it marks the seventh All-America honor he has earned this season.

    "I am extremely proud of Ryan for all his individual accomplishments and what he has helped the team achieve this season," Friar Head Coach Tim Welsh stated. "He worked very hard this season and everyone in our program benefitted from his great play. The entire Providence College community, athletic department and coaching staff are excited about this incredible honor that he has achieved."

    Gomes, who led the Friars in scoring (18.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg), paced the Friars to a 20-9 mark and a third-place finish in the BIG EAST with an 11-5 record. The team also earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001. In 29 games this season, Gomes registered 13 double-doubles. He also scored 20 or more points 14 times, including a season-high 28 points versus Texas on January 5 and Seton Hall on February 1. He also registered 10 or more rebounds in 15 of the team's 29 contests. In just three seasons of action, Gomes ranks 11th all-time in scoring at Providence with 1,468 points.

    Gomes, who played for three seasons at Wilby High School (Conn.), is the son of Teresa Gomes and John Brooks.

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