2009-10 College Basketball Prognostications

Aaron MarcusContributor INovember 27, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 16:  Patrick Patterson #54 of the Kentucky Wildcats dunks the ball during the game against the Miami University Redhawks at Rupp Arena on November 16, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Well, it looks like the SEC isn't just a football conference anymore.

2009-10 Preseason All-America Teams

1st Team

C Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
F Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, Preseason Player of the Year)
F Luke Harangody (Notre Dame, if you play fantasy college basketball, he’s your No. 1 pick)
G/F Evan Turner (Ohio St., Mr. Versatility)
G Greivis Vasquez (Maryland)

2nd Team

F/C Jarvis Varnado (Mississippi St., rejection machine)
F Trevor Booker (Clemson)
F Craig Brackins (Iowa St.)
G Manny Harris (Michigan)
G Jerome Randle (California, unlimited range)

3rd Team

F/C Michael Washington (Arkansas)
F Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
F Kyle Singler (Duke)
G James Anderson (Oklahoma St.)
G Sherron Collins (Kansas, may end being the best floor general in college)

Honorable Mentions

C Mac Koshwal (Depaul)
F Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech)
F Tyler Smith (Tennessee)
G/F Damion James (Texas, nobody else will grab you 10 rebounds and shoot like him)
G Cory Higgins (Colorado)
G Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall, gunner extraordinaire)
G Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)

Best Players You Won’t Hear About

C Artsiom Parakhouski (Radford)
F/C Kenneth Faried (Morehead St.)

Fab 5 Freshmen

C Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech, with Lawal, may form the most formidable frontline in college)
F DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
G/F Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati)
G Avery Bradley (Texas)
G John Wall (Kentucky)

Top Conferences

1 SEC (Not quite this year’s version of last year’s Big East)
2 Big Ten

Preseason Sweet 16

Arkansas (My sleeper)
Kansas (With everybody back, Aldrich in the middle, and Collins running the show, they should be everyone’s preseason No. 1)
Kentucky (The freshmen will dictate how far they will go, but it is a young man’s game)
Michigan St. (Suton and Walton will be bigger losses than people figure, but come March, Izzo will have his team in line for another Final Four run)
Mississippi St.
Ohio St.
Syracuse (I never have a Sweet 16 forecast that doesn’t include them – Flynn’s loss will obviously hurt, but losing Devo and Harris may prove to be addition by subtraction)
Villanova (With no true monolithic ’09-’10 Tar Heel type team in college this season, the Van Wilder of college b-ball, Scottie Reynolds, may have his best shot at a national title)

Elite 8

Michigan St.
Mississippi St.
Ohio St.

Final Four

Michigan St.

National Runner-up: Kansas Jayhawks

National Champ: Kentucky Wildcats (Gotta be a little different, but if the freshmen come to play...)