With some of the best newcomers in the country, the Big 12 is building an underrated talent-base. While teams like Kansas and Texas get attention, the bottom half of the league still has some quality players.
1. Brandon Rush, SG, Kansas - Iffy pick for #1, but can do it all if healthy
2. DJ Augustin, PG, Texas - Has a chance to be the nation's best point guard
3. Michael Beasley, PF, Kansas State - Freshman is a preseason CHN All-American
4. Aleks Maric, C, Nebraska - Hard to argue with 19 and 9 per game
Voted on by Big 12 head coaches.
2007-08 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM
Name, School Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.
Curtis Jerrells, Baylor G 6-1 205 Jr.
Darrell Arthur, Kansas F 6-9 230 So.
Brandon Rush, Kansas G 6-6 210 Jr.
Aleks Maric, Nebraska C 6-11 275 Sr.
D.J. Augustin, Texas G 6-0 180 So.
This is the third of six mini statistical previews of the major conferences. Each one includes projected starting lineups, projected stats for each player, and a short comment. (Stats are listed in order of points, rebounds, then assists).
G Aaron Bruce - 13, 3, 4
G Curtis Jerrells - 14, 4, 4
G Henry Dugat - 11, 3, 3
F Kevin Rogers - 11, 7, 1
C Mamadou Diene - 7, 6, 0
6 Tweedy Carter - 11, 2, 3
Continuing this week's series of positional analysis, I move on to the small forwards. This is an amazingly deep group of kids. Wilson Chandler, down at #10, is about as talented as the 3rd or 4th best point guard.
1) Kevin Durant - Texas - There's nothing I can say hear that you don't know already. Except for the fact that Durant might be underrated. As a big man, Oden has a chance to be a dynastic, Tim Duncan-like winner. Durant might not win a handful of championships, but he's probably even a bigger lock to be a consistent all-star.
This is a follow up to yesterday's analysis of the point guard prospects. Tomorrow will be the small forwards. Shooting guard has some uncertainty as guys like Cook or Afflalo could (and I'd say should) return to school.