An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 1986 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that include All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and United Press International (UPI) for the 1985–86 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors chose at least a first and second 5-man team. The AP and UPI chose third teams, while NABC selected a fourth team as well; AP also lists honorable mention selections.
The Consensus 1986 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the different All-American teams.
1986 Consensus All-America team
|Walter Berry||F||Junior||St. John's|
|Dell Curry||G||Senior||Virginia Tech|
|Brad Daugherty||C||Senior||North Carolina|
|Ron Harper||G/F||Senior||Miami (OH)|
|Scott Skiles||G||Senior||Michigan State|
Individual All-America teams
|First team||Second team||Third team||Fourth Team|
|Associated Press ||Steve Alford||Indiana||Dell Curry||Virginia Tech||William Bedford||Memphis State||No fourth team|
|Walter Berry||St. John's||Brad Daugherty||North Carolina||Mark Price||Georgia Tech|
|Len Bias||Maryland||Ron Harper||Miami (OH)||David Robinson||Navy|
|Johnny Dawkins||Duke||Danny Manning||Kansas||Roy Tarpley||Michigan|
|Kenny Walker||Kentucky||Scott Skiles||Michigan State||Dwayne Washington||Syracuse|
|USBWA||Walter Berry||St. John's||Dell Curry||Virginia Tech||No third or fourth teams|
|Len Bias||Maryland||Ron Harper||Miami (OH)|
|Brad Daugherty||North Carolina||Danny Manning||Kansas|
|Johnny Dawkins||Duke||David Robinson||Navy|
|Kenny Walker||Kentucky||Scott Skiles||Michigan State|
|NABC||Steve Alford||Indiana||Brad Daugherty||North Carolina||Dell Curry||Virginia Tech||Mark Alarie||Duke|
|Walter Berry||St. John's||Ron Harper||Miami (OH)||Chuck Person||Auburn||William Bedford||Memphis State|
|Len Bias||Maryland||Danny Manning||Kansas||John Salley||Georgia Tech||Steve Mitchell||Alabama-Birmingham|
|Johnny Dawkins||Duke||Mark Price||Georgia Tech||Roy Tarpley||Michigan||Scott Skiles||Michigan State|
|Kenny Walker||Kentucky||David Robinson||Navy||Dwayne Washington||Syracuse||Kenny Smith||North Carolina|
|UPI||Walter Berry||St. John's||Steve Alford||Indiana||Mark Alarie||Duke||No fourth team|
|Len Bias||Maryland||Brad Daugherty||North Carolina||Dell Curry||Virginia Tech|
|Johnny Dawkins||Duke||Ron Harper||Miami (OH)||Reggie Miller||UCLA|
|Scott Skiles||Michigan State||Danny Manning||Kansas||Mark Price||Georgia Tech|
|Kenny Walker||Kentucky||Dwayne Washington||Syracuse||David Robinson||Navy|
- The Michigan alumnus. University of Michigan Library. 2010. p. 495. ASIN B0037HO8MY.
- NCAA Record Book - Award Winners p.137
- AP All-America Teams
- USBWA Men's All-Americans
- All-America - Division I (1980's) Archived March 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- 2005 NCAA Basketball's Finest - All-Americans Archived 2009-07-21 at WebCite p.208
- "AP ALL-AMERICA". The Indianapolis Star. March 12, 1986. p. 58.
- Zieralski, Ed (March 11, 1986). "WAC Player of Year: Watson calls honor 'highest tribute'". The Evening Tribune. San Diego, California. p. C-1.
Also named today as an Associated Press honorable mention All-American, Watson finished his career with a school record 702 field goals, and he's now second in SDSU history in scoring with 1,735 points and fifth in career free throws with 331.