CHN released its official Preseason Mid-Major All-America team this past Friday.. here are my personal views on our selections. All CHN awards are voted on by staff writers.
CollegeHoops.net Preseason Mid-Major Player of the Year: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
- Big shock here.. Curry was a unanimous POY by all of the voters.
CollegeHoops.net First Team Mid-Major All-America
|Patrick Mills||Saint Mary's||SO||G|
|Diamon Simpson||Saint Mary's||SR||F|
- Mills was also a unanimous First-Teamer along with Curry, while Hudson also got a large percentage of votes. Howard, last year's HL newcomer of the year, is in a position to put up big-time numbers with so many new faces at Butler. (But Cleveland State's J'Nathan Bullock might be an even better forward in the HL, and Bullock didn't even make our top three teams). Simpson is also a deserving pick, as he might be the most talented big man amongst the mid-majors. All in all, no complaints with this squad.
CollegeHoops.net Second Team Mid-Major All-America
|Al Fisher||Kent State||SR||G|
|John Bryant||Santa Clara||SR||C|
-MAC teams and players always seemed to get overlooked (I'm sometimes guilty myself), but Fisher is the real. Most years he'd be worthy of First Team Mid-Major, but its rare to see national stars like Curry & Mills on this list. Hasbrouch beats out teammate Ubiles (3rd Teamer) for this spot, but both could make the 2nd team if they finish Top 30 as expected. You simply don't see true big men (ie, actual post players) who can play at the lower levels of college basketball, but Bryant is the real deal. He could average 20 and 10 this year, and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if he knocks Howard or Simpson off the first team. (He finished 6th in voting as is).
CollegeHoops.net Third Team Mid-Major All-America
|Brandon Johnson||San Diego||SR||G|
|Carlos Monroe||Florida Atlantic||SR||F|
-One of the major preseason annuals (Lindy's) thinks so highly of Johnson, that they put him on the WCC All-Conference team over Mills. Johnson did have that great WCC tourney game against Mills/SMC, but he belongs here. As noted above, Ubiles could certaibly move higher if Siena dominates as expected. Rodriguez is a numbers guy (20 & 10), but is on a bad team and most people have probably never seen him play. Wittman, unlike Rodriguez, doesn't put up the big numbers.. but is probably a better ballplayer on a team that should most likely make the Big Dance.
CollegeHoops.net Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American
|Josh Alexander||Stephen F Austin||SR||G|
|J'Nathan Bullock||Cleveland State||SR||F|
|Devin Gibson||Texas-San Antonio||SO||G|
|Jeremy Goode||Mount Saint Mary's||JR||G|
|David Holston||Chicago St||SR||G|
|Robert Jarvis||Oral Roberts||SR||G|
|Dior Lowhorn||San Francisco||JR||F|
|Donovan Morris||Long Beach St||SR||G|
|Courtney Pigram||East Tennessee St||SR||G|
|Gyno Pomare||San Diego||SR||F|
|Desmond Yates||Middle Tennessee St||JR||F|
|Ben Woodside||North Dakota St||SR||G|
- There are some solid guys on this list including a couple who probably deserve more respect. J'Nathan Bullock is the best player on the HL's preseason favorite (Cleveland State) and is good enough to make the First Team. Michael Bramos is a very intriguing player, who bounces around between all-world and all-ugly depending on whether his jumper is falling. With just a little more consistency, he's looking at 20 ppg this year. Garrison Carr and Josh Alexander are two other guys who stand out as being of higher quality than the rest.
No one on the Honorable Mention teams stands out as being particularly overrated. Perhaps Ryan Thompson, who might have gotten more respect due to his brother's stardom. Thompson will be the best player on Rider this year, but the Broncs might only be a 4th-5th place MAAC team.
In terms of snubs, one guy that sticks out is Siena forward Alex Franklin.. the other main cog on the Saints besides Ubiles & Hasbrouck. From the NEC, Jeremy Chappell of Robert Morris could be a breakout player. He's the leading returning scorer on a team that won 26 games last year. Perhaps the biggest miss was Portland State PG Jeremiah Dominguez. Portland State is favored to win the Big Sky, in large part because of Dominguez, and not even one player from that league made our list.