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That All-American team looks familiar

Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:01 pm
 


The AP All-American team looks exactly like the CBSSports.com All-American team.

But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be some debate.

The reality is that when I put together my team the only must-have-players were Tyler Hansbrough, Stephen Curry and Luke Harangody. I can't understand why any ballot wouldn't include those three names, but I can't understand a lot of what happens on AP ballots. So whatever. As for Blake Griffin and Darren Collison, yes, I also featured both. But I considered teams without those names and actually almost went one of the following:

G: Darren Collison (UCLA)
G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
G: James Harden (Arizona State)
F: Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
F: Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)

Or ...

G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
G: James Harden (Arizona State)
F: Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
F: Luke Harangody (Notre Dame)
F: Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina)

To be clear, I love Griffin and Collison. But Collison's dreadful Final Four appearance is something I nearly couldn't get out of my head, and though Griffin was dominant as a freshman his numbers weren't quite as good as Hansbrough's or Harangody's. So that's why I considered dropping one or both for Harden and/or Smith. But in the end, I think I got it right. And I think the AP voters got it right, too.

So good for me.

And good for them.

And we'll just have to argue some other day.

Comments

Since: Nov 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2008 2:02 am
 

That All-American team looks familiar

Sherron Collins would be the only Jayhawk who would get any consideration, but he was the sixth man last year and played injured most of the season.  By the end of the year, he could be in contention, but the way Bill Self's offense works, I don't think KU will have many players make post-season All-America teams.  The stats are usually too balanced to pick just one.  I don't have a problem with the Preseason All-America list.  All it does is recognize the best returning players from the previous season.




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 10:42 pm
 

That All-American team looks familiar

To say definately about Smith over Patterson is tenuous.... Smith averaged 13.6 and 6.8 last year as a So. Patterson averaged 16.4 adn 7.7 as a fr.

You can argue it either way, sure, but definately is a bit of a stretch. I think that Patterson will see a big statistical jump and ride it into the league... You could certainly aruge that they play different positions PP a post and Smith a swing... which even further complicates the matter... As I don't think PP is up for debate in the college rankings over the likes of Harangody, Hansbrough, etc though his NBA potential is better....




Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 9:19 pm
 

That All-American team looks familiar

sorry pal, but Tyler Smith is definitely gonna make the team above Patrick Patterson. just a hunch, with no real stats to back it up. they're both great players though.

what im wondering is why any of KU's players aren't here. i know they lost many (arguably all) of their good players to the NBA Draft, but consider the training they've had from this defending national championship team. i wouldn't be upset if even one made the bench. just my thoughts :]



Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 4:49 pm
 

That All-American team looks familiar

Can't go wrong with either team, however, I just can't see Tyler Smith being ahead of  Patrick Patterson.  I know he's more of a small forward and will give you that. 


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