|At 6-foot-10 and with a 7-4 wingspan, Davis plays like a guard in a Marcus Camby body. (Getty Images)|
By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman
CBSSports.com College Basketball Insiders
An All-American team should kind of look like an actual basketball team.
We have no idea why people can't grasp this concept, but not everybody does. So you see All-American teams with five forwards or four guards, and no team should ever have five forwards or four guards (unless, of course, Frank Haith is coaching it). It's silly. It would be like having an All-Pro team with no quarterback but eight receivers because somebody determined there were eight receivers better than any quarterbacks. Even if it were true, it would be stupid. Because every football team needs a quarterback just like every basketball team needs a dribbler, a wing and a big.
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But every basketball team needs a dribbler, a wing and a big.
So keep that in mind as you look at the CBSSports.com All-American teams -- and the CBSSports.com All-Conference teams -- because we tried to stick to that formula as much as possible.
It's a formula that made North Carolina's Kendall Marshall a First Team All-American and his teammate Tyler Zeller a Third Team All-American even though we selected Zeller as the ACC Player of the Year. How's that possible, you ask? It's simple. We think Zeller is the ACC's best player but not a more deserving big at the national level than Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson or Jared Sullinger, so the senior couldn't crack our First or Second All-American teams. But Marshall? He's our favorite dribbler on the national level even if he's not the top player in the ACC. So he's the dribbler on our First Team.
If you're confused right now, go back and read all this again. Or just trust us. Because we know what we're doing.
Here are the CBSSports.com National Awards and All-American teams:
|National Player of the Year|
Winner: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Reason: Kansas junior Thomas Robinson led for this honor for most of the season, and deservedly so. He's terrific. But Davis is just better. The Kentucky big is averaging 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game. He affects the game tremendously on both ends of the court, and he's the best player on the nation's best team. Does he carry the Wildcats like Robinson carries the Jayhawks? No. But that's because John Calipari surrounded him with other pros, and we're not gonna hold that against Davis.
|National Coach of the Year|
Winner: Tom Izzo, Michigan State
Reason: We should have known better than to leave Izzo's Spartans out of the Preseason Top 25 (and one), but the roster didn't have the look or feel of something that could even challenge Ohio State in the Big Ten. Remember, five of the top seven scorers from the 2010-11 team did not return in 2011-12, and it's not like Izzo replaced them with four pros. Still, somehow, the future Hall of Famer won a Big Ten regular-season title and Big Ten tournament title while earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. That's strong -- especially considering Michigan State lost Branden Dawson in the regular-season finale.
|National Freshman of the Year|
Winner: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Reason: If he's our National Player of the Year, then guess what? He's also our National Freshman of the Year. Any other choice wouldn't make sense.
|Most Improved Player|
Winner: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Reason: Franklin barely got onto the court a year ago as a freshman, but wound up winning the Mountain West Player of the Year award this season. He's a big-time athlete who was forced to play out of position and defend much bigger players this season, and he did it well. The 6-foot-6 wing is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per game.
|Sixth Man of the Year|
Winner: Dion Waiters, Syracuse
Reason: This was a three-man race between Waiters, Missouri's Michael Dixon and Kentucky's Darius Miller. We're going with Waiters -- arguably the most important player on a Syracuse team that rolled through the Big East. The 6-4 guard went from being a guy Jim Boeheim nearly didn't invite back to campus to someone who didn't just buy into his new role, but thrived in it. He's averaging 13 points in only 24 minutes per game.
|Comeback Player of the Year Winner: Robbie Hummel, Purdue|
Reason: Hummel missed the end of his junior year after suffering a torn ACL, then did it again on the first day of practice last year and missed the entire season. He watched JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore depart and struggled with his shot in the middle of this year, but the 6-8 forward is averaging 16 points and eight rebounds as he enters the NCAA tournament.
|CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans|
|Second Team||Third Team|
|Guard: Trey Burke, Michigan||Guard: Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas|
|Guard: Marcus Denmon, Missouri||Guard: Will Barton, Memphis|
|Forward: Doug McDermott, Creighton||Forward: Jae Crowder, Marquette|
|Forward: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky||Forward: John Henson, North Carolina|
|Center: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State||Center: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina|
|CBSSports.com Freshman All-Americans|