The next NCAA basketball season preview is the All-American teams. It’s an honor to be selected in the Pre-Season as an All-American, but it puts more pressure on you to perform at the highest levels. Here are N2K’s NCAA Pre-Season First Team All Americans. The second and third team All American’s will also be released this week, so stay tuned!
Kris Dunn, Point Guard. Providence
Kris Dunn could have been a lottery pick in last years draft after showing out last year. The all around point guard was finally healthy for the Friars and was one of the best players in the country from start to finish. He lead the Friars to an NCAA tournament berth. The junior averaged 15.6 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. Dunn is basically a one man team this year at Providence and he’ll take them as far as he can.
Buddy Hield, Shooting Guard. Oklahoma
The senior shooting guard also could have been a first round pick last year but stayed for his senior season, and another chance at a national championship. Oklahoma has the talent to do it, but they’ll need their leader to step up big time this year. Hield won the Big 12 Player of the Year last year after posting 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. His shooting percentages slipped due to more touches but expect Hield to be locked in all year for the Sooners.
Ben Simmons, Small Forward. LSU
The number one overall recruit is so good he’ll get on the First Team All American team as a freshman. Simmons is absurdly talented and has a unique style to his game. He’s 6’9, but runs and passes like a guard. He’s a strong athlete and can also post you up down low. He can’t shoot much but LSU doesn’t need him to. They just need him to play his game and this could be LSU’s best season since they had a guy named Shaquille O’Neal on campus.
Kyle Wiltjer, Power Forward. Gonzaga
Kyle Wiltjer’s collegiate career started at the University of Kentucky. He didn’t play too much under John Calipari and decided to transfer closer to his hometown in Oregon. He wound up in Spokane Washington at Gonzaga. In his first year with the Bulldogs, Wiltjer averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting a scorching hot 46% from three point range. Wiltjer is the senior leader on this team and is part of a dominant front court in Gonzaga that also features Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski.
Damian Jones, Center. Vanderbilt
Damian Jones was one of the nation’s biggest risers over the summer. The junior measured in at 7 feet at a skills camp which boosted his NBA stock. But he isn’t just a tall guy on a basketball court, this kid has some game. Jones average 14.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He did this while shooting an efficient 56% from the field. Vanderbilt’s stock rose over the summer because of Jones and it will be interesting to see if he can put the team on his back.