Mid-Season All-America Teams

    
January 3rd, 2008

Although the college basketball season is only a couple of months old, the start of the new year is a great time to reflect on which stars shined the brightest in 2007. Many of the names below are familiar to even a casual fan, while a few of the names are only known to the sport's most passionate followers. There may not be an Oden or Durant among the group, but there could be a couple of lottery picks in the years ahead, and several who will make an NBA roster. I present to you the best of 2007 (by position):

HIGH-MAJOR

TEAM GP FG% 3PM 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
PG D.J. Augustin Texas 12 49.4 2 42.9 80.3 2.7 6.3 1.8 0 20.1
SG Eric Gordon Indiana 10 50.4 2.9 45.3 84.4 3.2 2.5 1.7 0.8 23.5
SF Shan Foster Vanderbilt 11 54.6 4.1 54.9 74.3 5.3 1.5 1.5 0.5 20.5
PF Michael Beasley Kansas St. 11 57.1 1 40.7 69 14 1.5 1.2 2 26.3
C Kevin Love UCLA 12 59 0.3 33.3 76.6 10.2 2.1 0.4 0.5 16.7

THOUGHTS: 3 freshmen, 1 sophomore, and 1 senior, with no love for the ACC or the Big East. Lawyers from the offices of Hansbrough, Hibbert, and Mayo will be filing their motions any day now.
BEST OF THE GROUP: Michael Beasley: Gordon will help lead his team farther in March, but Beasley is the only player in the country in the top-10 in both scoring and rebounding.

MID-MAJOR
TEAM GP FG% 3PM 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
PG Jeremy Wise Southern Miss 12 44.4 1.5 31.6 82.4 3.2 4.7 1.1 0.6 19.5
SG Antoine Agudio Hofstra 8 44.9 4 47.8 75 4.1 2.2 0.9 0 26.8
SF Gary Forbes Massachusetts 11 46.9 1.7 36.5 77.5 7.5 3.5 1.2 0.7 20.5
PF Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 12 49.2 0.4 27.8 66.7 7.2 1.1 0.6 0.8 20.9
C Trent Plaisted BYU 12 59.1 0 0 57.6 9.8 2.2 0.2 1.2 17.4

THOUGHTS: 2 sophomores, 1 junior, and 2 seniors: even when you get outside the BCS conferences, there is plenty of evidence that upperclassmen no longer rule the courts by themselves.
BEST OF THE GROUP: Gary Forbes: Agudio is one of the top scorers in the country, but Forbes does a little of everything for a team that is 10-2.

LOW-MAJOR

TEAM GP FG% 3PM 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
PG Ben Woodside N Dakota St 11 49.4 2.5 44.4 81.9 2.3 5.5 1.4 0 23
SG Lester Hudson Tenn-Martin 12 47.5 3.9 40.2 80.4 7.8 3.7 3.8 0.4 26.7
SF Charron Fisher Niagara 9 39.5 2.8 36.2 76.3 9.6 0.8 1.4 0.7 27.3
PF Jason Thompson Rider 12 53.4 0.2 27.3 54.2 11.2 2.8 1.2 3.1 19.8
C Jermaine Griffin TX Arlington 10 67.4 0 0 51.2 9.8 0.8 0.3 1.2 15

THOUGHTS: 2 juniors and 3 seniors: Griffin's team is 9-2, while Fisher's team is 8-3, so keep an eye out for both of them in March.
BEST OF THE GROUP: Lester Hudson: Thompson's size and all-around game give him better potential as a pro, but Hudson might end up leading the country in scoring AND steals in his first year at the Division 1 level.