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Who are next year’s NCAA All-Americans?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 2, 2013 @ 12:56 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
It’s been less than a month since the 2012-13 college basketball season came to a close in a sea of confetti at the Georgia Dome, and it’s only been about a week since we saw Rick Pitino get a tattoo, but we’re having some serious college basketball withdrawal here at USA TODAY Sports.
So, without further ado, a look at some very early award predictions for 2013-14:
Doug McDermott, Creighton: For a second consecutive year, McDermott is the only returning First Team AP All-American. And, once again, college basketball and his father/coach thank him wholeheartedly for that. As a junior last season, McDermott averaged 23.2 points and 7.7 rebounds, nearly duplicating his sophomore season to the decimal point. There’s no reason to believe, after another summer of camps and workouts, that McDermott will have any dropoff this coming season – even with Creighton stepping up to join the new Big East Conference.
Russ Smith, Louisville: Smith went back-and-forth with his decision to stay in school or go pro, because, if you think about it, little is left to be gained if you’ve already won a national championship. For Smith, though, the chance to repeat (with a talented roster) and boost his own (second-round-ish) NBA draft stock were reasons enough to return. The speedy guard averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals last season, and he’s still got plenty of room for improvement in his game, such as his outside shooting and shot selection. Prepare yourself for another year of Russdiculousness.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State: Smart surprised nearly everyone by saying no to the NBA and returning to Stillwater for another season. Considered a lock to be a lottery pick (this year or next, even with an expected strong draft), Smart impresses on both ends of the court. His stats from last season were eye-popping: He scored 15.4 points, dished out 4.2 assists, had 3.0 steals and grabbed 5.8 rebounds as a freshman in the Big 12. Look for big numbers once again, and look for the Cowboys to potentially break Kansas’s nine-year Big 12 regular-season title streak.
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