Sporting News' College Basketball All-America Team

Mike DeCourcy
Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2010 - 3:00 a.m. ET

First team

G James Anderson, junior, Oklahoma State. As he fought off an early shooting slump, Anderson became a more varied scorer. Again making jumpers, he's putting up cartoonish numbers.

G Scottie Reynolds, senior, Villanova. Once mostly a hot-or-not scorer, Reynolds mastered the pick-and-roll and became the driving force of a consistently overwhelming offensive machine.

G Evan Turner, junior, Ohio State. He missed six games because of a broken back, but his contributions as a scorer, rebounder and playmaker outweighed his absence.

G Greivis Vasquez, senior, Maryland. After finding his way back from a dreadful start, Vasquez dominated opponents with his scoring, passing and will to win.

G John Wall, freshman, Kentucky. Though he could have excelled relying just on his extreme physical advantages, he showed leadership and maturity in reviving Kentucky.

Second team

G Sherron Collins, senior, Kansas
G Jon Scheyer, senior, Duke
F Damion James, senior, Texas
F Wesley Johnson, junior, Syracuse
F/C DeMarcus Cousins, freshman, Kentucky

Third team

G Jordan Crawford, sophomore, Xavier
G Jimmer Fredette, junior, BYU
G Jacob Pullen, junior, Kansas State
F Darington Hobson, junior, New Mexico
C Luke Harangody, senior, Notre Dame

Fourth team

G Jerome Randle, senior, California
G Devan Downey, senior, South Carolina
G Malcolm Delaney, junior, Virginia Tech
G Matt Bouldin, senior, Gonzaga
G Tweety Carter, senior, Baylor

Fifth team

G Andy Rautins, senior, Syracuse
G Trevon Hughes, senior, Wisconsin
G/F Austin Freeman, junior, Georgetown
F Lazar Hayward, senior, Marquette
F Kyle Singler, junior, Duke

Comments (37)

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I would think Monroe from G'town, Aldridge from KU, and Patterson from UK would be among the 25 best in the NCAA's. But then again, You got some good college players up there.

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Why even bother discussing this? Five guards! Five! It's a ridiculous list that has no value. I'm ready to declare the Sporting News as dead.

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Anyone but SN really thing Vasquez is better than Sherron Collins? I mean, seriously? Oh, I forgot, it's mandatory to have an ACC player in there.

And Aldrich can't make any of the teams? What, because he only averages 10 pts a game? I'm not saying he's first team. But jeez, have you seen how he completely changes the lane when he's playing? NO ONE goes inside on the guy. He's a beast. A Second or Third team player at the least. And surely more valuable than anyone on the 4th and 5th teams.

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cousins and wesley johnson are first team all americans !!!

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Have you seen him play? Who on this planet has beaten the drum louder for Sherron Collins than Sporting News? But the five ahead of him had better years. Part of that, I would imagine, is Sherron understanding his final season will be defined much more by what he does in the next month. Which is fine, but he doesn't get a pass for that.
Cole is a tremendous player but did not have an All-America year.

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Who would you rather have lead the team? Vasquez or Collins? If the All-American team is based simply on numbers production then I guess you go with Vasquez. But again, going into March and wanting to win a national championship, would you take Vasquez or Collins?

Besides, numbers are always more muted on a "balanced" team. KU won the NC two years ago with not a single player averaging more than 13 ppg.

As for Aldrich, I agree his year did not meet AA standards. At lest for first or second and probably third teams. But no 4th or 5th? Harangoudy (sic?) I think had a better year before the injury. So I agree there. But I guess I just don't see that being an AA has to do with numbers only. Again, I'm not arguing that he's first or second team.

EDIT: By the way, I've seen Vasquez for four years. I like his game. For whatever reason, I have a soft spot in my heart for Gary Williams and Maryland. He had a great year. But if not him on that team, then who? Seems you have a better shot at AA if you are on a team that needs you to be just about everything. :)

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There is not a single player college basketball who leads his team as well as Greivis Vasquez. He gets more out of his team, and fans, than any player in the country. He is incredibly clutch, and nobody wants to take the last shot more than Greivis.

As far as your argument for a balanced team, Greivis would average 8 assists a game on a team like Kansas.

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Then GV should lead Maryland to the Final Four this year. We'll see how that works out.

Don't take my argument as a knock on GV as much as a slight to Collins. Given the two, I think most coaches would start their team with Collins. I could be wrong. We'll never know.

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One question ends any debate...Which team would be better if they switched places? They are both point guards but GV does so much more than Collins Md would be a middle of the pack team with Collins and Kansas would be even better than they are now.

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Aldrich was the most valuable player on the best team in college basketball this season. the things he does on D made Kansas the team it is. when Cole is in the game, he owns the middle. owns it! other teams are relegated to shooting outside and mid range jumpers. as soon as Cole takes a seat, then the drives begin. look at the KU team FG defense ranking -- that's b/c of Cole. on offense, Cole is double and triple teamed. of course this is going to lower his production; however, look at the bump it gave to Marcus Morris. to leave Cole off of the top 5 teams is just pathetic. to leave Cole off of the top 2 teams just ignorance (read: someone who looks only at box scores and not at games). Cole should be in the spot where you have Sherron. easily.

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Mike,

Defense is part of the game and Aldrich changes a game on that end of the floor more than any player in the country. I have a big problem with rewarding a guy like Harangody who is basically a volume shooter at the 4 who rebounds well. The point and rebound numbers look great for Harangody, but he shoots under 50% to get those and his points per shot is 1.3 which is not good for a big man. He also plays 34 minutes per game so his rebound numbers aren't all that special for a guy his size playing that many minutes. Add to that the fact that Harangody is an average passer and a guy who is probably below average defensively and I just don't see an All American. This doesn't even take into consideration the fact that Notre Dame actually played better this year without him in the lineup. They were probably out of the tourney when he got hurt and have made a run since his injury and are pretty solidly in the field now.

Aldrich plays 8 minutes less than Harangody and his rebounds per game numbers are the same. He blocks 3 more shots per game and alters many, many more. He is averaging 1.54 points per shot and shooting 55% on the year. His passing has improved greatly this year with both his outlet passing and his ability to find open shooters out of the double team.

I'm not saying Aldrich had a great season, but he is certainly a better player than Harangody. Ignoring defense and the fact that Harangody needs so many shots to put up the points per game he does is poor basketball analysis in my opinion. If you asked coaches around the country, I would guess you would have a tough time finding one that would take Harangody over Aldrich because the things Harangody brings to the table just aren't that hard to find.

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Aldrich isn't even the best defensive player in his own converence, he certainly doesn't "change a game on that end of the floor more than any player in the country"

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Aldrich was Big 12 defensive player of the year. If you look at the defensive and rebounding numbers per 40 minutes, Aldrich has better numbers across the board than Udoh. Kansas is also a much better defensive team than Baylor and that is mostly because of Aldrich. This isn't 2008 where every Kansas starter other than Jackson was a very good defensive player. Aldrich and Taylor are the only guys for Kansas who are above average one on one defenders. Henry, Collins, and Morris are solid on that end of the floor, but they aren't special.

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just like you, associating the best team with a best player. aldrich is good, but he isn't as intimidating defensively as Udoh and doesn't impact as many shot attempts.

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Did you look at the numbers? When you average them out per 40 minutes, Aldrich leads Udoh in every defensive and rebounding number. The team defense numbers have to matter a lot when trying to decide who is best defensively and KU's team defense numbers are a ton better than Baylor's. Udoh is a very good player and a big reason that Baylor has been so good this year, but he just isn't quite as good as Aldrich on that end of the floor.

Aldrich won the the award over Udoh from the coaches and he will win the award when the media teams come out. I'm sorry, but all those people didn't get it wrong.

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I love it when people disagree with an All-American team so much that they start questioning credentials of the person who wrote it and accusing them of regional and conference bias. In truth, DeCourcy is actually an elderly woman who doesn't watch TV, has never seen college basketball, and picked these names out of a hat. You guys nailed it.

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I question the selection. Not DeCourcy. While I value his opinions I just don't always have to agree. And yes, I am biased that most of these things almost require an ACC presence.

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I just don't like that he chose 5 guards to fill out the first team. I'm sorry, but you can't just change the format on a whim. I suppose if he were a football writer in 2008, he'd have put Bradford, McCoy, Tebow, and Harrell on first team and kept off Shonn Greene, Javon Ringer, and Percy Harvin just to make room? It's 3 guards, 2 forwards. People don't win titles playing 5 guards at once.

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there are people who cover college basketball who honestly think guys like Austin Freeman or Devon Downey are better than L. Dunn of Baylor? really???

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No, but no one knew how to spell Lacedarious so they left him off.

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Yes, Austin Freeman is better than Dunn, although it's very close. Statistically they're very comparable, and they're both great players. I just think Austin means a little more to Georgetown. Witness their recent swoon with him unhealthy/not playing due to diabetes. He's also thicker, stronger, just as quick, and drives the lane with great efficiency. He's even better than Dunn at what Dunn does best, which is shoot 3's.

Freeman - 17.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 turnovers, 0.9 spg, 52% FG, 48% 3PT, 84% FT, 65th in off. efficiency
Dunn - 19.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.5 turnovers, 1.2 spg, 43% FG, 42% 3PT, 87% FT, 226th in off. eff.

The thing that puts it over the top for me is Freeman gets nearly as many PPG as Dunn while taking far fewer shots (Dunn has taken 664 shots or 22.1 per game, while Freeman has taken 442 or 15.8 per game). So Freeman scores 2 ppg less but takes SEVEN less shots a game, while turning the ball over much less. All this with an undiagnosed case of diabetes hindering his performance for the last few months. So yes, Austin Freeman is better than Dunn, although I wouldn't put him much further ahead.

The thing I have beef with is that 18 of the 25 selections are guards. That is 72% of the selections!! To put guards like Tweety Carter in there instead of Greg Monroe or Cole Adrich? Trevon Hughes, really? I mean they are great players, Carter and Hughes, but better than Monroe or Aldrich? Kyle Singler? Are you kidding me?

Anyway, some head scratchers here. Like Cousins not making the first-team. Or Luke Harangody being dubbed a center. DeCourcy is usually bang-on with his analysis, but there are a lot of holes and questionable decisions on these rosters. And to not even have Greg Monroe on 1st or 2nd team Big East, when the coaches and those who see him play regularly unanimously voted him 1st team All-BE? Come on Sporting News.

It would seem that if Austin didn't have his recent health problems, he probably would've been left off the list as well. Thanks for the sympathy selection, DeCourcy.

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5 guards on the 1st team, what, you didn't have the guts to pick the 2 best guards in the country? I wonder how this 1st team would fair against the 2nd team. If your second team would stomp your 1st team in a 5 on 5, maybe you made a mistake with your 1st team selection. Idiots

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Your point is hilarious and righteous! Give me the second team and add Aldrich and Udoh coming off the bench (they didn't even make the first 5 teams! The first team can pick anyone they want as two subs coming off the bench.) and I'll bet the second team would crush the first team.

There simply has to be an inside presence. Cousins, Aldrich and Udoh would be a formidable inside presence.

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This isnt who makes the best teammate, or who does the intangibles, or who plays on the best team. These are the 5 best players this season. Aldrich is one of the most important players in the NCAA, but your delusional if you think he has had a season worthy of 1st team all american. You dont put Anderson Varejao on the all NBA team just because he plays on the best team. And yes, I'd take Collins over Vasquez to run my team for an NCAA tournament game. That doesnt mean that Collins has had the better season. Vasquez is the correct choice. I might argue Scheyer over James Anderson (even though I detest Duke), but the rest of the selections look about right.

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If you are speaking to me I'm not arguing Aldrich 1st team. But on one of the 5 teams, certainly. Scheyer over Anderson? I think Anderson has to be on. At least from what I've seen. But if you are making a First TEAM, seems to me you'd only take Wall and Turner for the guards then you'd have to have a couple forwards and a center. I guess I'm just confused as to what a team is. :)

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Too many on the whole list. My first team is Johnson, Cousins, Jones, Reynolds and Wall. That team would defend, rebound, fast break and score anytime it wanted to.

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I listen to you on 810 in KC every week and had previously thought that you were a knowledgeable college basketball media member. Obviously, not anymore. This morning I heard about your shaft of Cole Aldrich. Nate, Steven, and Dave Armstrong figured that you must have just taken a sheet of stats with you into a room and filled out your Top 5 teams. You obviously haven't watched a Kansas game this year. Cole Aldrich is, by far, the best player on Kansas's team. If you watched the K-State and Mizzou games this past week you would have noticed how neither team even attempted to go into the lane with Cole in there. Cole changes the game on a defensive standpoint more than any other player in college basketball. Offensively, he is the reason why Marcus Morris has been so improved as Cole is the one with the double-teams allowing Morris to get free on the boards. Cole doesn't have to dominate offensively for Kansas to win. The Jayhawks have enough weapons that Cole and Sherron do not even have to score for Kansas to win against most teams. Leaving Cole off your Top 5 teams just shows that you probably haven't even watched a Kansas game this year. Cole would be a 20 and 12 guy if he had to be. Just like Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, or Mario Chalmers would have been 20 point scorers in '08 if they were needed to. Kansas players do what it takes to win, as opposed to UT players under Rick Barnes that are only there to get NBA ready. No one has been more important to Kansas winning than Cole Aldrich. And Kansas has won more games against tougher competition than any team in the country. But the player most responsible for this is not even among your top 25 players?!? Ridiculous.

If you started naming the top defensive players in Kansas history it would go Wilt Chamberlain #1, Cole Aldrich #2.

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Cole would be a 20 and 12 guy if he had to be.

And if he was, he would be an SN AA. 11.3 ppg/9.7 rpg is not AA material, sorry. You'll have to settle for a potential title run.

Leaving Cole off your Top 5 teams just shows that you probably haven't even watched a Kansas game this year.

Now that's funny.

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Wheres Hassan Whiteside at? He A Freshmen that avg 13.6 ppg 9.4 rpg 5.4 blks per game? had 3 triple doubles this year and you dont have him lol he block some team 13 times? how he not on the list?

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Trevor Hughes as 5th team All-American? Didn't even make 1st team Big Ten by the coaches!