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. This year he won’t be able to fly under the radar, but that won’t stop him from putting up monster numbers.
- Cody Zeller 6-10 So. Indiana- Indiana has a lot of talent which will keep the double teams off him. Zeller is the most athletic big man in the nation.
- 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. If his offensive game improves as the year goes on, they’ll be a force come tournament time.
- C.J. Leslie 6-9 Jr. NC State- Leslie stayed in school to win a championship so I expect him to 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 he 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. His numbers dropped late last year, but with Denmon gone he’ll see more shots.
- 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 or 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.