Daily Dribble: All-American Thoughts

    
October 20th, 2008

 

CHN released its official Preseason All-American list this morning, as voted on by CHN staffers. Here's my own personal take on the selections, and who should be given more or less respect.

 

CollegeHoops.net Preseason Player of the Year: Tyler Hansbrough (UNC)

- No brainer here. Any site or publication that suggests otherwise is just being silly.

 

CollegeHoops.net First Team All-American

 

Darren Collison

UCLA

SR

G

Stephen Curry

Davidson

JR

G

Tyler Hansbrough

North Carolina

SR

F

Luke Harangody

Notre Dame

SR

F

Blake Griffin

Oklahoma

SO

F

   

- Griffin is getting too much hype this season. Not that he's bad in the slightest, but I think Patrick Patterson could supplant him on this list by season's end. Even Jon Brockman is arguably better, but just on a team lacking any surrounding talent. Harangody didn't make some other publications' First Teams. I don't see how the reigning Big East Player of the Year could lose out to someone like Harden or Griffin. Stephen Curry's bandwagon is overflowing (rightfully so), but it will be interesting to see what happens when Davidson finishes outside of the Top 25.

 

 

CollegeHoops.net Second Team All-American

 

Ty Lawson

North Carolina

JR

G

AJ Price

UCONN

SR

G

James Harden

Arizona State

SO

G

Tyler Smith

Tennessee

JR

F

Patrick Patterson

Kentucky

SO

F

 

- Lawson is arguably no better a player than guys like Flynn, Pargo, Maynor, Rice, Calathes, or Mills.  But you can't argue with the starting PG on the country's best team winning this honor. Harden is as good as advertised, but I think ASU is getting overhyped and their lack of success compared to expectations might hinder his ability to win big-time awards. If you count Patterson as a center, he might end up putting up the best numbers of any BCS big man in the country.

 

CollegeHoops.net Third Team All-American

 

Tyrese Rice

Boston College

SR

G

Jack McClinton

Miami

SR

G

Chase Budinger

Arizona

JR

F

Terrence Williams

Louisville

SR

F

Hasheem Thabeet

UCONN

JR

C

 

- Tyrese Rice, to me, is the most underrated player out there. When he averages 23-24 ppg this year, he'll get the recognition he deserves. Louisville might be the 2nd best team in the country, but guys like Williams and Clark aren't getting much respect nationally.  Thabeet is one of only two or three pure post-players on this whole All-American list (BJ Mullens & AJ Ogilvy being the others).  Budinger's development stalled last year, but he'll end up leading the Pac-10 in scoring and should be helped by Lute Olson's return.

 

CollegeHoops.net Fourth Team All-American

 

Nick Calathes

Florida

SO

G

Gerald Henderson

Duke

JR

G

Sam Young

Pittsburgh

SR

F

Damion James

Texas

JR

F

Kyle Singler

Duke

SO

F

 

- By pure numbers alone, Calathes could end up as a 1st team All-American. He was underrated last year, but will get more hype now that Florida will return to the NCAA Tournament. Do not be surprised to see him finishing ahead of Lawson, Price, etc on end of season All-American lists. Henderson to me is overrated here, as I can think of a dozen other guys more deserving of such respect. Singler on the other hand is the real deal.

 

Honorable Mention

 

 

 

Jeff Adrien

UCONN

SR

F

DeJuan Blair

Pittsburgh

SO

F

Jon Brockman

Washington

SR

F

Dionte Christmas

Temple

SR

G

Earl Clark

Louisville

JR

F

Sherron Collins

Kansas

JR

G

Demar DeRozan

USC

FR

G

Eric Devendorf

Syracuse

JR

G

Wayne Ellington

North Carolina

JR

G

Jonny Flynn

Syracuse

SO

G

Jrue Holiday

UCLA

FR

G

Kalin Lucas

Michigan St

SO

G

Eric Maynor

VCU

SR

G

Jerel McNeal

Marquette

SR

G

Patrick Mills

Saint Mary's

SO

G

Raymar Morgan

Michigan St

JR

G

BJ Mullens

Ohio State

FR

C

AJ Ogilvy

Vanderbilt

SO

F

Jeremy Pargo

Gonzaga

SR

G

Scottie Reynolds

Villanova

JR

G

Robert Vaden

UAB

SR

G

 

- I'd take a team of Eric Maynor, Wayne Ellington, Raymar Morgan, Jon Brockman, and BJ Mullens any day. In fact, that five looks no worse than our Second Team All-Americans. While this year's freshman class is obviously not nearly as good as the last, BJ Mullens could be the one guy who dominates from day one.  As mentioned earlier, Brockman would be higher on a better team. When he finishes the season averaging 20 and 12, there's no way he's not a Second or Third team guy. Kalin Lucas is probably the least accomplished of all these guys, but when Michigan State reaches the Final Four, you'll understand why he's on here. 

 

The biggest omissions I see are Greivis Vasquez (how is Henderson a 4th Teamer and Vasquez not even an Honorable Mention guy?), Dominic James (yes, he's not a good shooter, but he's a heck of a college ballplayer), Devan Downey (the biggest omission to me), DaJuan Summers (watch him have a monster year), and Jeff Pendergraph.

 

Lastly, besides everyone named above, some potential sleeper All-Americans of mine include: Wink Adams (UNLV), Toney Douglas (FSU), Curtis Jerrells (Baylor), Tasmin Mitchell (LSU), Ahmad Nivins (St. Joseph's), and Chris Warren (Ole Miss).