Blue Ribbon college hoops Top 25 and All-Americans

Blue Ribbon college hoops Top 25 and All-Americans

Posted by Lindsey on Fri, 09/18/2009 - 15:30
It's less than a month until college basketball starts official practice. In other words, we're getting closer to the best time of year. Blue Ribbon, the most comprehensive preseason publication available*, has just released its Top 25 and its four All-America teams (Note*: I must confess to writing 17 team previews for Blue Ribbon, so I'm a little biased. My typing fingers also are tired from writing stories that are 2-3 times as long as other magazines' previews. It should be at bookstores and available online within a few weeks). Anyway, without further ado, I present the Top 25 and the All-American teams. Frankly, I think the order of the Big Ten teams are a little screwy and could be argued -- I'll explain after I post the list -- but that's the beauty of these preseason items. BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK PRESEASON TOP 25 PRESENTED BY EA SPORTS 1. Kansas 2. Michigan State 3. Texas 4. Villanova 5. North Carolina 6. Purdue 7. Kentucky 8. California 9. Duke 10. Tennessee 11. Butler 12. West Virginia 13. Georgia Tech 14. Minnesota 15. Syracuse 16. Ohio State 17. Oklahoma 18. Connecticut 19. Dayton 20. Maryland 21. Oklahoma State 22. Michigan 23. Washington 24. Georgetown 25. (tie) Siena 25. Illinois BLUE RIBBON COLLEGE BASKETBALL YEARBOOK PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMS Player of the Year - COLE ALDRICH, 6-11, JR, Kansas Newcomer of the Year - DERRICK FAVORS, 6-10, FR, Georgia Tech 2009-10 Blue Ribbon All-America Teams FIRST TEAM COLE ALDRICH, Kansas, 6-11 JR KYLE SINGLER, Duke, 6-8 JR LUKE HARANGODY, Notre Dame, 6-8 SR SHERRON COLLINS, Kansas, 5-11 SR EVAN TURNER, Ohio State, 6-7 JR SECOND TEAM PATRICK PATTERSON, Kentucky, 6-8 JR DAMION JAMES, Texas, 6-7 SR GREG MONROE, Georgetown, 6-11 SO WILLIE WARREN, Oklahoma, 6-4 SO SCOTTIE REYNOLDS, Villanova, 6-2 SR THIRD TEAM TALOR BATTLE, Penn State, 5-11 JR TYLER SMITH, Tennessee, 6-7 SR TREVOR BOOKER, Clemson, 6-7 SR ROBBIE HUMMEL, Purdue, 6-8 JR CRAIG BRACKENS, Iowa State, 6-10 JR FOURTH TEAM GREIVIS VASQUEZ, Maryland, 6-6 SR JARVIS VARNADO, Mississippi State, 6-9 SR RAYMAR MORGAN, Michigan State, 6-8 SR JAMES ANDERSON, Oklahoma State, 6-6 JR ED DAVIS, North Carolina, 6-9 SO OK, here are my thoughts: 1) Purdue should be ahead of Michigan State 2) Minnesota shouldn't be ahead of Ohio State or Michigan or Illinois. 3) Illinois should probably be No. 4 behind Purdue, MSU and OSU. 4) I'm surprised to see Raymar Morgan listed as MSU's best player rather than defending Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas. 5) I agree wholeheartedly with OSU's Evan Turner as the Big Ten's best player. He was that guy last year, too. What do you guys think? LW
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