Blue Ribbon -- which is set to be released on October 10th, meaning October 11th will be incredibly unproductive for yours truly -- has released their list of the all-american teams, all the way through a 4th team.
The first team looks like this:
- G - Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
- G - Jimmer Fredette, BYU
- G - LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
- F - Kyle Singler, Duke
- F - Marcus Morris, Kansas
Personally, I would put Nolan Smith on the first team and drop Fredette to the second team. Smith may not be the leading scorer for the Blue Devils this season, and he may end up being the second best guard, but he is going to be a senior leader for a squad and big time playmaker for a team that has a chance to win a lot of games.
That said, Fredette could very well average 25 ppg this year, which would make it tough to leave him off the first team.
As you look through those rosters, think about how many good guards -- specifically point guards -- there are across the country this season. Ashton Gibbs, Kemba Walker, and Shelvin Mack are all third teamers. Kevin Anderson, Kalin Lucas, Demetri McCamey, Corey Fisher, and Randy Culpepper didn't even sniff the list. It also doesn't include talented freshmen like Brandon Knight, Kyrie Irving, Cory Joseph, Josh Selby, or Joe Jackson. There is a lot of back court talent aroung the country this season, and I, for one, love a battle between point guards.
We are still putting together our all-americans lists. I'm sure you are on the edge of your seating waiting for them.