First Team All-American
Doug McDermott 6-9 Jr. Creighton- Harrison Barnes, his former high school teammate, got all the attention, but McDermott is a coach’s son and gives his all night in and night out
Cody Zeller 6-10 So. Indiana- Zeller is expected to take off this year, and I haven’t seen anything from him to dispute that.
Shabazz Muhammad 6-4 Fr. UCLA- Muhammad possesses all the tools and could be the player of the year if he can put them all together.
Nerlens Noel 6-10 Fr. Kentucky- Noel gained college eligibility a year early, and will now start in Calipari’s fast-paced system. An almost certain one and done.
C.J. Leslie 6-9 Jr. NC State- Leslie stayed in school to win a championship, so I know he’ll be motivated. He’s the kind of player that can win a game for his team. He’s my preseason pick for player of the year.
Second Team All-American
Trey Burke 5-11 So. Michigan- Burke is small in stature, but there’s nothing small about his game. If she can shoot more consistently this season Michigan will have a chance to win the Big10.
Mike Moser 6-8 Jr. UNLV- Moser is an imposing player that has improved immensely the last two years. His next step will be leading UNLV to a Final Four.
Isaiah Cannon 6-0 Sr. Murray State- Cannon is an elite scorer and explosive talent. His size diminishes his value for the NBA, but he could be nation’s leading scorer this season.
Phil Pressey 5-11 Jr. Missouri- Pressey will be on his own in the backcourt with Dixon suspended indefinitely, but I don’t see that being a problem.
James McAdoo 6-8 So. North Carolina- McAdoo struggled early last year, but finished strong. If he improves upon that he could challenge for player of the year.
Third Team All-American
Pierre Jackson 5-10 Sr. Baylor- Jackson is a quick, feisty game-changer that ended up being a pleasant surprise for Baylor last year. He will have some help in freshman sensation Isaiah Austin.
DeShawn Thomas 6-7 Sr. Ohio State- Thomas is finally the undisputed leader and best player on the team. He has no glaring weaknesses in his game offensively and defensively.
Michael Snaer 6-5 Sr. Florida State- Snaer is the best wing defender in the nation and possesses a pretty sweet shooting stroke as well.
Peyton Siva 6-1 Sr. Louisville- Siva won’t wow anyone with any aspect of his game, but he’s solid and gets the job done for a team looking to get to the Final Four in back to back seasons.
Michael Carter-Williams 6-5 So. Syracuse- I think he has first team talent with his amazing vision and classy shooting stroke. I’m predicting him to make a huge leap in production this year.