The Hoops Manifesto has teamed up with the best NCAA hoops writers on Bloguin to vote on our 2010/11 preseason NCAA All-American teams. These teams will be updated monthly going forward until the end of the college hoops season next spring. Here's the 15 best players, in our estimation, heading into the NCAA season, which tips off next week.
First Team All-Americans
Jimmer Fredette - Guard - BYU - Senior
09/10 - 22.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 3.1 rpg
Jacob Pullen - Guard - Kansas State - Senior
09/10 - 19.3 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.6 rpg
Nolan Smith - Guard - Duke - Senior
09/10 - 17.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.8 rpg
Kyle Singler - Forward - Duke - Senior
09/10 - 17.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 apg
JaJuan Johnson - Forward/Center - Purdue - Senior
09/10 - 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Synopsis: No surprise that defending champion Duke leads the way, with seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler both named First Team All-American. The rest of the First Team are also seniors, comprising of mid-major king Jimmer Fredette from BYU; bearded wonder Jacob Pullen, the leader of the "other Kansas", Kansas State, who are considered a legit Final Four threat this year; and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, who will try to make up for the loss (once again) of teammate Robbie Hummel.
Second Team All-Americans
Malcolm Delaney - Guard - Virginia Tech - Senior
09/10 - 20.2 ppg, 4.5 apg, 3.7 rpg
Kalin Lucas - Guard - Michigan State - Senior
09/10 - 14.8 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg
E'Twaun Moore - Guard - Purdue - Senior
09/10 - 16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg
Harrison Barnes - Forward - North Carolina - Freshman
09/10 - N/A
Marcus Morris - Forward - Kansas - Junior
09/10 - 12.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 apg
Synopsis: North Carolina's fantastic frosh Harrison Barnes is the only player stopping our First and Second Teams from being an upperclassman monopoly. But will the pressure to perform like past top-rated freshmen (Kevin Durant, John Wall, etc.) while also helping the Tar Heels rebound from a down year be too immense a task for Barnes? And can Michigan State point guard Kalin Lucas fully recover from his knee injury last season and lead the Spartans to yet another Final Four?
Third Team All-Americans
LaceDarius Dunn - Guard - Baylor - Senior
09/10 - 19.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 spg
Isaiah Thomas - Guard - Washington - Junior
09/10 - 16.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg
Jon Leuer - Forward - Wisconsion - Senior
09/10 - 15.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg
Chandler Parsons - Forward - Florida - Senior
09/10 - 12.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg
Jared Sullinger - Forward - Ohio State - Freshman
09/10 - N/A
Synopsis: A bit of a surprise to see LaceDarius Dunn's name on this list due to his playing status still being up in the air due to his legal difficulties. If he is able to suit up and play this season, no doubt his name will move up our All-American rankings pretty quickly. And while Barnes is getting most of the freshman spotlight, don't sleep on Ohio State's Jared Sullinger, who will look to muscle and bully the post players in the Big Ten like he did his high school foes.
Check back with The Hoops Manifesto tomorrow as we unveil the first edition of our weekly Fab Four Plus One: the four best teams in the NCAA right now, plus the best non-BCS team in the nation.