B/R's 2022-23 Men's College Basketball All-American Teams

David KenyonFeatured Columnist IVMarch 6, 2023

B/R's 2022-23 Men's College Basketball All-American Teams

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    Trayce Jackson-Davis
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    Although the regular season is over and the 2023 men's NCAA tournament is peering over the horizon, the first stop on the postseason calendar is the annual crowning of All-Americans.

    During the 2022-23 campaign, Big Ten stars Zach Edey and Trayce Jackson-Davis emerged as two of the nation's most dominant players. They headline a first-team group that includes Alabama freshman Brandon Miller, Gonzaga veteran Drew Timme and Kansas wing Jalen Wilson.

    Beyond those headliners, Bleacher Report has also selected five more players for second- and third-team honors.

    B/R college basketball writers Kerry Miller and David Kenyon each submitted a ballot for the All-American teams. Each first-team vote was worth three points, followed by two and one, respectively, for second and third teams.

3rd-Team B/R All-Americans

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    North Carolina forward Armando Bacot (5) grabs a rebound against Clemson during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
    AP Photo/Chris Seward

    Armando Bacot, North Carolina

    Despite the Tar Heels' overall struggles, Armando Bacot put together another great season. He's averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, bringing down the fifth-most offensive boards (129) in the country. The fourth-year starter has also provided 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.

    Markquis Nowell, Kansas State

    Kansas State entered the season with minimal expectations, but Markquis Nowell—along with Florida transfer Keyontae Johnson—elevated the program in a major way. Nowell has put up 17.0 points, 7.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game, leading the Wildcats to a 23-8 overall record and third-place finish in a hotly contested Big 12.

    Kendric Davis, Memphis

    The best transfer in the nation, Kendric Davis immediately took control at Memphis upon his arrival from SMU. He's amassed 21.3 points, 5.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game and has guided the Tigers to the brink of consecutive NCAA tourney bids for the first time in nearly a decade.

    Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy

    Although the program again finished with a losing record, Antoine Davis had a truly historic season. While hoisting 11.7 threes per game, Davis converted at a terrific 41.2 percent rate. Only one player has ever buried more threes in a season than Davis (159), and he's pretty familiar. Stephen Curry knocked down 162 with Davidson in 2007-08. Davis led the nation with 28.2 points per game.

    Tyler Kolek, Marquette

    Marquette's rise is a product of its surging offense, and Tyler Kolek facilitates the unit exceptionally well. He ranks second in the country with 7.9 assists per game, scoring 12.7 points per game with a 39.6 three-point clip. Kolek also has a team-high 1.8 steals per game.

2nd-Team B/R All-Americans

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    Jaime Jaquez Jr.
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    Oscar Tshiebwe, Kentucky

    The reigning National Player of the Year is unsurprisingly back on the All-American list. Oscar Tshiebwe has collected 16.4 points and a nation-high 13.1 rebounds per game, boasting eight showings with a 15-15 line. His production is a key reason Kentucky put together a late-season charge and moved itself clear of the bubble.

    Azuolas Tubelis, Arizona

    On an offense with five double-digit scorers, Azuolas Tubelis is the headliner. He's netted 19.9 points per game in efficient fashion, hitting 57.7 percent of his shots. Tubelis has a well-rounded stat line, also tallying 9.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

    Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA

    UCLA rolled to a Pac-12 regular-season championship behind veteran Jaime Jaquez Jr., who paced the Bruins in scoring (17.5) and rebounding (8.0). He's a modest perimeter option but showcases a bit of cleverness inside the arc to sport a 52.7 percentage on two-point shots.

    Jalen Pickett, Penn State

    Regardless of whether Penn State reaches the NCAA tourney, Jalen Pickett has assembled an incredible year. The fifth-year guard has registered 18.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game, connecting on 38.8 percent of his threes. Among his many impressive games, Pickett notched a triple-double in a victory over Butler.

    Marcus Sasser, Houston

    Marcus Sasser, the best player on the highest-ranked team in the country, is a two-way superstar. Offensively, he's scored 17.2 points per contest with a 38.4 three-point clip and dished 3.3 assists per game. On the other end, Sasser has nabbed 1.7 steals per game and overall been a tenacious defender for Houston.

1st Team: Jalen Wilson, Kansas

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    LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 06: Jalen Wilson #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives against Christian Bishop #32 of the Texas Longhorns during the first half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 6, 2023 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jay Biggerstaff/Getty Images)
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    After playing a complementary role on last year's national championship team, Jalen Wilson has driven the Jayhawks this season.

    The fourth-year forward has career-high averages of 19.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Wilson has recorded 10 double-doubles on his way to being the expected Big 12 Player of the Year.

    Even in the Jayhawks' worst stretch of the season—a three-game skid in January—Wilson put up 30-plus points twice. He's been a consistent scorer all season long.

    Largely because of him, KU is tracking toward a No. 1 seed in March Madness for the 10th time in Bill Self's 20-year tenure.

1st Team: Brandon Miller, Alabama

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    COLUMBIA, SC - FEBRUARY 22: Brandon Miller (24) of the Alabama Crimson Tide brings the ball down the court during a basketball game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on February 22, 2023 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC. (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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    At this moment, it's impossible to not mention Brandon Miller's reported connection to the fatal shooting of Jamea Jonae Harris after it was reported he brought the gun used in the shooting to former teammate Darius Miles. Miles and Michael Davis have been charged with capital murder.

    We are, however, solely focused on basketball here.

    Miller arrived at Alabama as a highly recruited talent, and he's only surpassed the hype on the court.

    While tallying 19.6 points per game, Miller has drained 40.4 percent of his 7.4 three-pointers per game. He's pulled down 8.0 rebounds with 1.8 assists and 1.8 combined blocks and steals per night.

    Once the season is over, Miller will likely head to the NBA draft and presumably be an early first-round selection.

1st Team: Drew Timme, Gonzaga

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    SPOKANE, WA - FEBRUARY 25: Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) during the game between the St. Mary's Gaels and the Gonzaga Bulldogs on February 25, 2023, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA.
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    Drew Timme has completed the All-American cycle.

    Two years ago, Gonzaga's star forward received second-team honors. Last season, he landed third-team recognition. In his fourth year, he's a first-team selection.

    Timme has provided 21.1 points per game on a tremendous 61.8 percent clip. Additionally, he's averaged 7.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists while helping Gonzaga secure at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season crown for the 11th consecutive season.

    Although he has a year of eligibility left, Timme recently told The Athletic he'll be "moving on" after the season.

1st Team: Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

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    COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND - JANUARY 31: Trayce Jackson-Davis #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers boxes out against Don Carey #0 of the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Center on January 31, 2023 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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    For the first time in a long time, Indiana is heading into the Big Dance as a legitimate threat to make a sizable run.

    And the Hoosiers can thank Trayce Jackson-Davis for that.

    The left-hander has shredded the box score to the tune of 20.3 points per game on a 57.4 shooting clip, along with 11.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.8 blocks—the sixth-highest average in the country. Jackson-Davis boasts the second-best box plus/minus (14.9) nationally.

    Depending on IU's results in the Big Ten tournament, the TJD-led Hoosiers may land a top-four NCAA seed.

1st Team: Zach Edey, Purdue

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    EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 12: Zach Edey #15 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks against the Northwestern Wildcats during the second half at Welsh-Ryan Arena on February 12, 2023 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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    Filed in the "no-brainer" category is Zach Edey.

    The 7'4" center has excelled in his featured role, racking up 22.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Edey leads the nation in rebounds per game, total offensive rebounds, win shares and box plus/minus.

    Edey carried Purdue to the regular-season Big Ten title and has placed the Boilermakers on the brink of the program's first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament since 1996.

    Barring a major surprise, both the Big Ten and National Player of the Year honors are headed to Edey.