I had to send in my preseason All-America choices to The Associated Press recently. Here are the five players I voted for. The AP team will be announced later today.
Doug McDermott, Creighton: A no-brainer. He was a first-team All-American last March. He averaged 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds last season. He will be playing for the best team in the Missouri Valley, a Top 25 team, this year.
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State: Another no-brainer. One of the best guards in the country, Canaan was a second-team All-American last season. He averaged 19 points and sank 98 treys last season, when his team was one of the surprise stories of the season. Odds are he will lead his team into the NCAAs again this season.
Cody Zeller, Indiana: The big man averaged 15.6 ppg and 6.6 rpg last season. He will be playing for one of the best teams in the nation this year.
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State: He was the Mountain West player of the year last season, when he averaged 17.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg. He will be playing for a Top 25 team again this season.
For the last spot, I looked long and hard at Saint Mary’s point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who was the West Coast Conference player of the year last seaspm. The Olympian averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 assists last season, and his team will no doubt be in the NCAAs again this year.
I hated to leave him off the ballot, but I ended up going with UNLV’s Mike Moser for my fifth spot. Moser averaged 14 ppg and 10.5 rpg last season. He will no doubt lead his team into the NCAAs again this year.