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Preseason All-Americans for 2010-11

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Player of the Year
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: F, 6-8, 210, Fr.
He’ll be the difference-maker in Chapel Hill. A year ago, the Tar Heels were missing perimeter shooting, a go-to guy and leadership. Check, check and check as Barnes, a versatile do-it-all type of guy, will provide all three for Roy Williams.
Freshman of the Year
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: C, 6-9, 280, Fr.
Since we’re giving Barnes National Player of the Year honors, we’re going with a different rookie for Freshman of the Year — and it’s the ultra-productive Sullinger. If Evan Turner averaged double-digit rebounds in Columbus, it’s downright scary to think what Sullinger can do in the paint and on the glass.
Preseason All-Americans
First Team
Kyle Singler, Duke: SF, 6-8, 230, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 17.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 40% 3-pointers
He decided to return for his senior season after helping to lead the Blue Devils to the national championship last year.
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: F, 6-8, 210, Fr.
2009-10 stats: N/A
The consensus top-rated incoming freshman in the country, the Iowa native is versatile and is exactly what a Tar Heels team that needs a go-to guy and leader is looking for.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State : C, 6-9, 280, Fr.
2009-10 stats: N/A
Sullinger is the latest in the line of talented big men to come through Columbus and could wind up being the most productive. He’s a man in the paint, plays hard and uses his wide body to his advantage.
Shelvin Mack, Butler: G, 6-3, 215, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 14.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 39% 3-pointers
After spending much of his first two seasons at Butler in the shadow or Gordon Hayward and Matt Howard, this will be Mack’s chance to show his true talents. The Lexington, Ky., product is vastly underrated and will keep Butler on the national map.
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State: G, 6-0, 200, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 19.3 ppg, 3.4 apg, 40% 3-pointers
Pullen was phenomenal a year ago playing alongside Denis Clemente in the backcourt. Now he’ll move back to running the team and the challenge will be to balance scoring and making his teammates better.
Second Team
Marcus Morris, Kansas: F, 6-9, 235, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg
With Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry gone, Morris becomes the go-to guy and leader. He’s extremely talented, but still will need to prove he can lead.
Elias Harris, Gonzaga: F, 6-7, 245, Soph.
2009-10 stats: 14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 45% 3-pointers
The skilled German wasted no time making an impact in Spokane, leading the team in rebounding and second in scoring behind departed guard Matt Bouldin.
Trey Thompkins , Georgia: F/C, 6-10, 245, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 17.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 38% 3-pointers
The skilled Bulldogs big man has flown under the radar — largely because his team has struggled in his two years in Athens. But that should change as Mark Fox has enough to be competitive near the top of the SEC.
Kyrie Irving, Duke: G, 6-2, 180, Fr.
2009-10 stats: N/A
He could be the most talented point guard in the nation, but his numbers may not be earth-shattering due to the presence of seniors Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. Irving will try to replace Jon Scheyer and lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back titles.
Nolan Smith, Duke: G, 6-2, 185, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 17.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, 39% 3-pointers
He’s certainly worthy of a spot on the first team, but frankly I wanted to spread the wealth and not load up with too many guys from one program. Smith has excelled playing off the ball and that should continue.
Third Team
Kevin Jones, West Virginia: F, 6-8, 260, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 40% 3-pointers
Now that Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks are gone, it’s Jones’ team. He’s one of the most underrated and versatile guys in the country.
Chandler Parsons, Florida: F, 6-9, 215, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 12.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 36% 3-pointers
He’s matured — both mentally and physically — and is ready for a breakout year. He’s long and will be counted upon if the Gators are to live up to the hype.
JaJuan Johnson, Purdue: C, 6-10, 220, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg
He has made dramatic improvement since he entered the program and become of the nation’s most productive big man in the country.
Jimmer Fredette, BYU: G, 6-2, 195, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 22.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 44% 3-pointers
The lightly recruited kid out of Glen Falls, N.Y., burst onto the national scene last season and is one of the top guards in the nation due to his ability to score and also make his teammates better.
LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor: G, 6-4, 200, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 19.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 42% 3-pointers
He's a big-time unorthodox scorer who should become even more of the focal point of Scott Drew’s offense with the departure of Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh.
Fourth Team
Durrell Summers, Michigan State: F, 6-5, 205, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 36% 3-pointers
I know Summers is more of a guard, but I wanted to get him on here because he’s finally ready to realize his potential. He came on strong late last season and has a combination of athleticism and skill that makes him one of the most feared players in the country when he’s focused.
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State: F, 6-7, 225, Soph.
2009-10 stats: 12.7 ppg, 9.9 rpg
Not too many people know about Leonard nationally, but he’ll be the top player on a team that could win the Mountain West.
William Buford, Ohio State: G, 6-5, 205, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg
With the departure of Evan Turner, look for Buford to become the Buckeyes' go-to guy. He’s always been able to score the ball, but his ability to handle the ball and make plays for others has improved.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky: G, 6-3, 195, Fr.
2009-10 stats: N/A
He may not be John Wall, but he’ll be the guy with the ball in his hands down in Lexington and is one of the top freshmen in the country.
Kalin Lucas, Michigan State: G, 6-0, 195, Sr.
2008-09 stats: N/A
The speedy Spartans floor leader probably wouldn’t have still been in college if he hadn’t suffered a ruptured Achilles in the NCAA tournament. If he comes back 100 percent, he could wind up being a first-team All-American.
Fifth Team
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt: F, 6-7, 225, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 12.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg
He's not exactly a household name nationally, but everyone knows about the athletic wing in the SEC. Taylor’s perimeter shooting needs some work, but he does everything else — well.
Jon Leuer, Wisconsin: F, 6-10, 230, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 39% 3-pointers
He led the Badgers in scoring, rebounding and blocks a year ago despite missing nine games due to a wrist injury. He's extremely skilled and versatile.
Derrick Williams, Arizona: F/C, 6-8, 240, Soph.
2009-10 stats: 15.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg
The former USC signee thrived in Tucson last season and was one of the top freshmen in the nation. He may have to shoulder even more of the load with Nic Wise gone.
Kemba Walker, UConn: G, 6-1, 175, Jr.
2009-10 stats: 14.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.3 rpg
The New York floor leader stepped up his game and his leadership the second half of last season. Now, he’ll try to pick up where he left off with a Huskies team that is young and inexperienced.
Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech: G, 6-3, 190, Sr.
2009-10 stats: 20.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.7 rpg
The Hokies' veteran guard has already proven he can score, but now he’ll have to show he can make his teammates better while taking Virginia Tech to the NCAA tournament.
All-freshman team
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina: F, 6-8, 210
Hometown: Ames, Iowa
High School: Ames
Awards: 2010 McDonald's All-American , 2010 Sporting News National High School Athlete of the Year, 2010 USA Today National Player of the Year.
Perry Jones III, Baylor: F, 6-11, 245
Hometown: Duncanville, Texas
High School: Duncanville
Awards: 2010 McDonald's All-American, 2010 Parade Magazine All-American and 2010 Jordan Brand All-American.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: F, 6-9, 280
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Northland
Awards: 2010 McDonald's All-American, 2010 High School Naismith Award winner, 2010 Jordan Brand High School All-American and 2010 Parade Magazine Player of the Year.
Brandon Knight, Kentucky: G, 6-3, 195
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
High School: Pine Crest
Awards: 2010 McDonald's All-American, 2009-10 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, 2008-09 Gatorade National Boys Basketball High School Player of the Year.
Kyrie Irving, Duke: G, 6-2, 180
Hometown: West Orange, N.J.
High School: St. Patrick's
Awards: 2010 McDonald's All-American, 2010 First Team Parade Magazine All-American, New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year.
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