College Basketball Preview: Complete Preseason Mid-Major All-America Teams
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The 2012-13 college basketball season is right around the corner, and everyone is rolling out their previews for the new season.
Here is a look at my preseason mid-major All-America teams for the 2012-13 season:
Mid-Major First Team
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State
Wolters was the only player in Division I to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists last season. He is a triple-double threat and will forever be remembered at South Dakota State for taking the Jackrabbits to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
McCollum became a national sensation after Lehigh's NCAA tournament upset over No. 2 seed Duke last season. The Ohio native averaged 21.9 points per game as a junior and will likely win his third Patriot League Player of the Year award this year.
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Canaan burst onto the national scene last year while leading Murray State to a historic 31-2 season where the Racers stayed undefeated longer than any other team. Canaan averaged 19 points and 3.6 assists while shooting 45.6 percent from beyond the arc during this magical run, and he alone has the talent to make Murray State successful again this season.
Tony Mitchell, North Texas
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Mitchell, who initially committed to Missouri, was the most dominant freshman in the country last year, with the possible exception of Kentucky's Anthony Davis. Mitchell averaged a double-double with 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. He also averaged three blocks and shot 56.7 percent from the field. Once his team has a little more success, he should become a national sensation.
Doug McDermott, Creighton
McDermott is widely regarded as a top five player nationally on any level. The previous four players are all very talented, but McDermott is the best among the mid-majors this year. He is the nation's top returning scorer with 22.9 points per game, and is also very efficient at 60.1 percent from the field and 48.6 percent on three-pointers.
Mid-Major Second Team
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Cooper's scoring numbers fell last year, but he still led Ohio to the Sweet 16 in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. On a basketball court, Cooper knows how to do a little bit of everything. Last year, he averaged 14.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals.
Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary's
Dellavedova is probably the best pure point guard at the mid-major level. Last season, he averaged 15.5 points and 6.4 assists while only turning the ball over 2.9 times per game. Don't be surprised if Dellavedova leads the nation in assists this year.
De'Mon Brooks, Davidson
De'Mon Brooks was the key to Davidson's run to get back to the NCAA tournament last season. He averaged team-bests in points (15.7), rebounds (6.2) and steals per game (one) while also shooting 53 percent from the field. At 6'7" and with his ability to score inside and outside, he has the potential to be an NBA draft pick.
Elias Harris, Gonzaga
Harris had a great freshman year, a disappointing sophomore season, and then reemerged as a junior. The native of Germany averaged 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds, leading Gonzaga to the NCAA tournament.
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware
Hagins is one of the best unknown players in the country. He averaged a double-double last season, posting 12.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and three blocks per game. Seven times he had five or more blocks in a single game.
Mid-Major Third Team
Ray McCallum, Detroit
McCallum has been one of the better mid-major point guards for each of his two seasons at the collegiate level. Last season, he averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and four assists.
Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart
Gibson has made his name as a pure scorer; he averaged 17.2 points as a junior and 22 points last year, making him the second-best returning scorer in Division I. He scored 20 or more points in 22 game, shot 51 percent from the field and made 43.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
Colt Ryan, Evansville
Ryan improved as an all-around player last year, averaging 20.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.9 steals. Although McDermott is clearly the best player in the MVC, Ryan is one of the few players in the league that has any chance of topping him for MVC Player of the Year. Last season, he had 17 games with 20 or more points.
Robert Covington, Tennessee State
Covington was the main reason the Tigers beat Murray State in the regular season, and he was also the reason why they contended for an NCAA tournament bid. Covington averaged 17.9 points and 7.9 rebounds during his junior campaign. He also had 1.4 blocks and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the field and 45.3 percent from beyond the arc.
O.D. Anosike, Siena
Anosike averaged a double-double with 15 points and an NCAA-best 12.5 rebounds last season. He had 26 games with a double-double, the most of any player in Division I, and at one point he had 17 consecutive games with a double-double, the longest streak of the year.
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