AP All-American Basketball 2013: Breaking Down Each First-Team Selection

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AP All-American Basketball 2013: Breaking Down Each First-Team Selection
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The Associated Press' first-team All-Americans were announced on Monday, complete with a dynamic point guard and a versatile big man.

Each first-team All-American is expected to be selected in the 2013 NBA draft, while a few have top-10 potential.

So, with the NCAA tournament almost over, this would be a good time to evaluate each player, from his 2012-13 campaign to his potential at the next level.

Here's a look at each first-team All-American in 2013.

 

Trey Burke, G, Michigan

Trey Burke, the South Regional's most outstanding player, has averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals this season. He's shot 46 percent from the floor, 38 percent from downtown and 81 percent from the free-throw line.

Even with him struggling from the field during the NCAA tournament, it's hard to ignore his leadership, toughness and ability to get his teammates involved. This is a player who can hurt you in multiple ways, even when his jumper isn't falling.

It's becoming more and more difficult to nitpick this kid. There have been times this season when he has taken plays off on defense and he's not as aggressive as he should be sometimes, but those moments come in flashes. When you actually improve your draft stock while struggling from the field, you know you're doing something right.

Burke isn't as explosive as, say, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, but, boy, can this kid play basketball.

 

Otto Porter Jr., F, Georgetown

Otto Porter Jr. has it all. He has a solid mid-range game, he's an excellent on-the-ball defender who can also be disruptive with his length, he's a good ball-handler and passer and he's even improved his three-point shot. 

The sophomore averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 42 percent from downtown this season.

If there's one thing I've noticed, it's that he can be a bit too unselfish sometimes, as well as passive on offense from time to time.

But the 6'8", 205-pounder has all the tools to be a star in the NBA if he can add strength to his wiry frame.

 

Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana

I personally can't start talking about Victor Oladipo without first talking about his defense. He's an exceptional on-the-ball defender who can also rack up steals (2.2 steals per game this season).

Oladipo also averaged 6.3 rebounds this season despite being 6'5", further demonstrating the physical and tough aspect of his game.

The junior is still a bit inconsistent shooting the ball, but he's greatly improved his jump shot from last season (60 percent from the field, 44 percent from downtown), and he simply steps up when the team needs him (he hit a game-winning three-pointer with 15 seconds left against Temple in the round of 32).

Oladipo does need to work on taking care of the ball better, but it's hard to not like him overall at this point. He has the tools and character to go a long way in the NBA.

 

Doug McDermott, F, Creighton

As a college player, it's hard to say anything bad about Doug McDermott. He averaged 23.1 points per game during the regular season (second in the nation), as well as 7.7 rebounds at 6'7", 210 pounds. He shot 55 percent during the season, including 49 percent from downtown. He also knocked down 88 percent of his free-throw attempts.

You combine that with his motor and his basketball IQ and you have a very solid player.

Concerns begin to arise when projecting him as an NBA player, though. He's going to be drafted—there's no doubt about that—but there are questions about his 'tweener size, lack of NBA-level athleticism and strength.

 

Kelly Olynyk, F, Gonzaga

At 7'0", 238 pounds, Kelly Olynyk runs the floor extremely well. He has a great motor and he can score in transition. 

Beyond that, Olynyk is a versatile scorer, with the ability to knock down the jump shot and score off the block. He shot 63 percent this season with the Bulldogs, averaging 17.8 points in the process.

On the other hand, there are some limitations to Olynyk's game. He's not as comfortable scoring on the low post against more physical defenders. On top of that, he's not the greatest rebounder for his size. He averaged 7.3 rebounds this season, despite being a seven-footer.

 

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