NCAA Basketball 2011-12: Preseason All-Mid-Major Teams

Jesse Kramer@Jesse_KramerCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

NCAA Basketball 2011-12: Preseason All-Mid-Major Teams

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    Although mid-majors get more and more coverage every year, there are still plenty of players not getting all the attention they deserve.

    These are the guys that will be busting your brackets when March comes around.

    Included in this slideshow are an All-Mid-Major First Team, Second Team, Third Team and Freshman Team.

    Note—I consider a mid-major team to be any which does not play in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, Pac-12, Atlantic 10, C-USA or Mountain West conferences.

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All-Mid-Major 1st Team

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    Nate Wolters—South Dakota State

    2010-11 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 6.1 APG

    Wolters is coming off a great sophomore season, in which he finished No. 1 in the conference in assists, No. 2 in scoring, No. 4 in steals and No. 5 among Summit League guards in rebounding.

    With Keith Benson gone to the NBA, Wolters is probably the best player in the Summit League.


    Orlando Johnson—UC Santa Barbara

    2010-11 Stats: 21.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG

    Johnson led the Big West in scoring last year and finished in the top 10 in rebounding in the conference.

    Last season, he scored in double digits in all but one game. On 16 occasions, he scored at least 20 points.

    The 2009-10 Big West Player of the Year is certainly in the mix to win that award once again in 2011-12.


    Doug McDermott—Creighton

    2010-11 Stats: 14.9 PPG, 7.6 RPG

    Last year, McDermott was No. 1 in scoring among freshmen in the MVC. He also set a handful of new records, becoming the No. 1 freshman scorer in MVC history and the first freshman to be named to the All-MVC first team since 1952.

    McDermott is the key to Creighton being a top 25 team this season.


    Mike Glover—Iona

    2010-11 Stats: 18.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 61.0 FG percentage

    Glover was one of two players to average a double-double in the MAAC last year.

    He consistently dominated in the conference and is the preseason choice for MAAC Player of the Year.


    Robert Sacre—Gonzaga

    2010-11 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG

    This seven-foot center took a backseat to Steven Gray last season.

    But with Gray gone for the 2011-12 season, Sacre will have the opportunity to make his mark in the WCC. Last year, he was No. 5 in the conference in rebounding and led the conference in blocks.

    In addition, he is a strong offensive post player.

All-Mid-Major 2nd Team

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    Casper Ware—Long Beach State

    2010-11 Stats: 17.2 PPG, 4.4 APG

    Ware returns to Long Beach State after being the recipient of the Big West Player of the Year award. He was No. 2 in the conference in both scoring and assists. 


    Matthew Dellavedova—St. Mary's

    2010-11 Stats: 13.4 PPG, 5.3 APG, 88.1 FT percentage

    With Mickey McConnell no longer at his side, Dellavedova will have to step up as the main man for St. Mary's. His 13.4 PPG last year put him in the top 10 in the WCC, while his 5.3 APG put him at No. 2 in the conference.


    Kevin Foster—Santa Clara

    2010-11 Stats: 20.2 PPG, 3.7 APG

    Foster was consistently impressive for the CIT champion Broncos last season.

    His 20.2 PPG led the team, and he made his mark on national television with 36 points against Gonzaga.


    Elias Harris—Gonzaga

    2010-11 Stats: 12.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG

    After a great freshman season, Harris disappointed last year. Despite Harris's decline last year, he has the talent to break out of his slump in 2011-12.  


    Greg Mangano—Yale

    2010-11 Stats: 16.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 3.0 BPG

    Last year, Mangano was the only Ivy League player to average a double-double.

    In addition, his three blocks per game led the Ivy League and were No. 10 in the nation. 

All-Mid-Major 3rd Team

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    D.J. Cooper—Ohio

    2010-11 Stats: 16.2 PPG, 7.5 APG, 5.0 RPG

    After helping Ohio to an NCAA tournament victory in his freshman season, Cooper put together a very strong sophomore season.

    The 5'11" point guard averaged 16.2 PPG for the Bobcats while leading the MAC in assists with 7.5 per game.


    Scott Machado—Iona

    2010-11 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 7.6 APG

    Machado is the top point guard in the MAAC. He led the conference in assists last year and was one of the league leaders in the nation.

    According to Iona coach Tim Cluess, Machado improved his offensive game during the offseason, making him a potent threat among mid-majors.


    C.J. McCollum—Lehigh

    2010-11 Stats: 21.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG

    McCollum broke on to the scene with 19.1 PPG and 5.0 RPG as a freshman.

    Last year, he bumped his per game totals to 21.8 PPG and 7.8 RPG. He was arguably the best player in the conference, finishing No. 1 in PPG and SPG, and No. 3 in RPG.


    Rakim Sanders—Fairfield

    2009-10 Stats (with Boston College): 11.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG

    Afer three years of averaging more than 11 PPG at Boston College, Sanders transferred to Fairfield for his final year of eligibility.

    The 6'5" forward should have a large impact at the mid-major level after three years of success and experience in the ACC.


    T.J. Robinson—Long Beach State

    2010-11 Stats: 13.6 PPG, 10.1 RPG

    Robinson is the only returning player in the Big West that averaged a double-double last season.

    He showed his prowess by scoring 31 points and 7 rebounds in a near-upset over North Carolina.

All-Mid-Major Freshman Team

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    Gary Bell Jr.—Gonzaga

    Out of Kentridge High School (WA), Bell joins the Bulldogs as a freshman for the 2011-12 season.

    As a member of the ESPN Top 100 recruits, he chose Gonzaga over a slew of Pac-12 schools. With the departure of Demetri Goodson, Bell will play a big role in his first year at the collegiate level.


    Tony Kimbro Jr.—Georgia State

    Kimbro chose Georgia State after receiving interest from national powerhouses like Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Tennessee.

    The shooting guard from Louisville is the son of former Louisville stud Tony Kimbro Sr.

    He averaged 17 PPG and 4.7 RPG during his senior year of high school.


    Adjehi Baru—Charleston

    Baru was ranked No. 59 by ESPN in the 2011 recruiting class. There were questions about whether or not he would play for Charleston this season, but the NCAA ruled him eligible last week.


    Erik Copes—George Mason

    Copes was ranked No. 56 in the 2011 recruiting class. He is known for his rebounding and shot-blocking and has the potential to be one of the better big men in the CAA this season.


    Sim Bhullar—New Mexico State

    Bhullar is a 7'5", 330-pound center from Canada. He was ranked No. 82 in the 2011 recruiting class and averaged 12.3 PPG and 6.3 RPG for the Canadian U-19 team.

All-Mid-Major Honorable Mentions

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    Larry Anderson—Long Beach State

    Jesse Sanders—Liberty

    James Nunnally—UC Santa Barbara

    Samme Givens—Drexel

    John Brown—Liberty

    Keith Wright—Harvard

    Lamont Jones—Iona

    Zack Rosen—Penn

    Derek Needham—Fairfield

    Chris De La Rosa—UMBC

    Will Cherry—Montana

    Trey Zeigler—Central Michigan

    Justin Greene—Kent State

    Kyle O'Quinn—Norfolk State

    Kyle Weems—Missouri State

    Ken Horton—Central Connecticut State

    TyShwan Edmondson—Austin Peay

    Augustine Rubit—South Alabama

    Brandon Davies—BYU

    Ray McCallum—Detroit

    Dominique Morrison—Oral Roberts

    Reggie Hamilton—Oakland