College basketball is starting today. So it is time for my 2012-13 preseason All American teams. I already gave me All Conference teams but now it is time to find out who are the top players in the country this season. Check it out below to see who made the cut.
G Trey Burke (Michigan)- Burke was the Big Ten Co- Freshman of the Year last season. What makes Burke tough to guard is that he can score (14.8) in a multiple of ways. Burke made the threes on the team last year and he can use his speed to drive to the rim. He also led Michigan in steals(.9) in assists (4.6).
G Issiah Canaan (Murray State)- He is the returning Ohio Valley Conference player of the year; he also made multiple All American teams last season. His biggest strength is shooting the three. Last year he made 98 threes while shooting 47 %. Last season he averaged 19 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.4 steals.
F Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)- He was a beast in the NCAA tournament averaging 15.9 points per game. Thomas is probably the most versatile scorer in the country. Last season he made 50 three pointer and he made many shots around the basket. He shot just under 60 % on 2 pointers. Thomas is also a pretty good rebounder (5.4).
F Cody Zeller (Indiana)- He is the favorite in everyone’s previews to win National Player of the Year. Besides averaging the points (15.6); Zeller also averaged 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. Zeller can score in the post but he also has a great mid-range game. His biggest strength might be his ability to run the floor and outrun his opponents.
F Doug McDermott (Creighton)- McDermott was the third leading scorer (22.9 ppg) in the country last season. What makes him so tough is that he can score both inside and out. He shot 60% from the field and 49 % from three. McDermott is also an effective rebounder(8.2) and defender.
G CJ McCollum (Lehigh)- McCollum decided to come back for his senior season. He scored 30 points against Duke last season. McCollum can do it all on both ends of the court the only thing the NBA scouts don’t like about him is his size. Last season McCollum averaged 21. 9 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.6 steals. Not bad when a guard leads your team in rebounds.
G Phil Pressey (Missouri)- Last season Pressey led the Big 12 in assists (6.4), steals (2.1), and assist to turnover ratio. He is most likely the fastest guard in the country. He also scored in double figures averaging 10.3 points per game.
F James Michael McAdoo (North Carolina)- He really came on towards the end of his freshman year last season. Look for McAdoo to double his scoring average (6.1) and more because he will be the number option on this team. He is extremely athletic and he can finish around the basket. He can also knock down the 15 foot jumper. He also is a top defender he got tons of breakaway dunks last season off of steals (.9).
F C.J. Leslie (NC State)- Leslie turned down the NBA to return to NC State. Lesile biggest strength is his length and athletic ability that create matchup problems. He is unstoppable when he attacks the rim. He is also an excellent rebounder (7.3) and shot blocker (1.6).Last season Leslie averaged 14.7 points and also added 1.1 steals and assists per game. He needs to improve his decision making and shooting skills.
F Mike Moser (UNLV) – Moser can do it all last season he averaged a double double. He averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds last season. What makes it tough to stop Moser is he can score in a variety of ways whether it’s shooting the three or scoring inside the paint. He also led the team in steals (1.9) and block shots(1) last season.
G Michael Snaer (Florida State)- Snaer is the best two way player in the country. He can score in a variety of ways, he hit a couple last seconds shots last season including a game winner at Duke. Last season at FSU he averaged 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.1 steals. He also made 67 threes while shooting 40% behind the arch.
G Aaron Craft (Ohio State)- Craft makes his name on defense he was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season. He was second in the nation with 2.5 steals per game. Craft also has a great assist (4.6) to turnover ratio. While on offense he is more of a driver and mid-range player than a three point shooter. He also averaged 3.2 rebounds per game.
F Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)- Noel is just another top recuirt in the nation going to Kentucky. Noel is almost the same player that Anthony Davis was minus the offensive skills. He is just a freakish athlete with great length that is a dominant rebounder and shot blocker. For a big man Noel is an excellent passer. He needs to get a little stronger.
F Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)- Deng was the most improved player in the country last season. His biggest strength is his rebounding ability and shot blocking . He finished last season with 9.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks. Look for Dieng to average a double double this season. He continues to improve his offensive game (9.1). Dieng also averaged 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists.
F Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)- Franklin was the MWC Player of the Year last season. Franklin is a flat out scorer (17.4 ppg) he excels at attacking the rim; he can’t be stopped. What sets him apart is his rebounding ability although only 6’5” he almost averaged 8 rebounds per game. He also made 51 three pointers last season.
- Category: NCAA Basketball