Jeff Goodman's College Basketball Dream Team

By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider
Goodman likes Self, who's dominated the Big 12 since he got there, to run his squad. (US Presswire)

Jeff Goodman's Dream Team:

Starters

F - Alex Poythress, Kentucky - He doesn't necessarily have the make-up to be the go-to guy, but we won't need him to be the star. He will be one hell of a piece, though -- with his length, athleticism and ability to score from anywhere and everywhere.

Other Dream Teams

F- Doug McDermott, Creighton - Super-skilled and the ideal complement to Poythress and Zeller up front. Can extend the defense with his ability to drain 3's -- and also able to do work in the paint.

C - Cody Zeller, Indiana - Here's where you have to start your team. He's the big you build around, a mobile 7-footer who can do it all: Run, score, pass and defend the paint.

G - Phil Pressey, Missouri - Makes everyone better and pushes the ball. Fast and will create wide open shots for all of his teammates. Imagine how many layups these guys would get.

G - Michael Snaer, Florida State - Maybe the best two-way perimeter player in the nation. Can really guard -- and is also capable of scoring 20 each and every night.

Top Three Reserves

F - Gorgui Dieng, Louisville - We need a rim-protector in case something happens to Zeller. Here's our guy. He won't give you the offense of Zeller, but he's a relentless competitor and shot-blocker.

G - Rotnei Clarke, Butler - I dare you to find a better pure shooter. Anywhere. He also fills my No. 1 rule (always carry three point guards).

G -Aaron Craft, Ohio State - Here's my backup point guard behind Pressey. Mr. Intangibles. No one would get the ball past halfcourt with Craft and Snaer on the perimeter.

Two non-power league reserves

F -Adonis Thomas, Memphis - Never showed what he could truly do a year ago, but Thomas is a big, strong wing who is extremely versatile. He's quick, athletic, powerful and has a high IQ.

F -Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State - We could use another wing -- and Franklin is a big-time athlete who can play multiple positions. He'll also bring toughness to this team.

Two true "bench players"

G -Katin Reinhardt, UNLV - When I watch him, I think "Bobby Sura." That was enough for me to find a spot for him. He's athletic, aggressive and can also make shots -- and has good size.

F - Grant Jerrett, Arizona - We need another big man and the 6-foot-10 Jerrett is extremely skilled. He's long, has great hands and can step out and shoot it from deep. He's also a terrific passer for someone his size.

Redshirt

C -Josh Smith, UCLA - I'm going to hire someone to make sure there's no more late-night snacks and no more McDonald's. If he stays off the munchies, there will be no stopping the big man.

Head coach

Bill Self, Kansas - I went with Coach K last year, but need someone a bit younger. We all knew he could recruit, but Self proved he was one of the elite X's and O's guys in the business last year.

Assistant coaches

Mike Hopkins, Syracuse - He's the coach-in-waiting once Jim Boeheim calls it a career. Versatile with the ability to instruct, recruit and connect with kids.

Russell Springmann, Texas - Recruited Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin to Austin. Extremely well-regarded in the industry and has had several opportunities at head jobs.

Raphael Chillious, Villanova - Built two prep schools from scratch, has strong Nike ties and now is in his wheelhouse in the northeast after spending the last few years at Washington.

Recruits to Target

Andrew Wiggins - The Canadian forward is the top-rated player in the class of 2014, but all signs point to him reclassifying to 2013. He'll still be numero uno because he can literally do it all.

Aaron Gordon - Big, strong and athletic. Gordon is a monster in the paint and has plenty of similarities to Blake Griffin.

Jabari Parker - Was hurt this past summer and may have lost his No. 1 ranking because he wasn't on the circuit, but he's so versatile and skilled and is a high-character kid.

Julius Randle - Even though Wiggins handled him this past summer, Randle is still a stud. He's big, strong, fairly skilled and plays with a high motor.

 
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