All America Teams

Glad to see I have a little S.I. jinx quality in me.  I voted for Jim Boeheim today as coach of the year, and his Orange immediately get drubbed out of the Big East Tourney.  That said, for a team not ranked in the preseason (not afraid to rectify a wrong here huh?) Syracuse proved one of the best in the country.  Gary Williams was in my conversation for the award (having more and more conversations with myself, and more arguing).

Midway through the season, Evan Turner leapfrogged John Wall for player of the year.   Not only consistently good, consistently great.  And he put together this fantastic season while suffering a small fracture in a vertebrae.  Tough and great= POY.

Filling out 15 for the All America teams took hours of research, particularly for the 3rd team.  There were so many incredible players left off, most of them guards.  But the parameters said each five should resemble a team that could take the court together, so my apologies to Jacob Pullen, LaceDarius Dunn, Matt Bouldin, and Devan Downey.    With that,  here’s my tally.

A.P. Men’s Basketball Player of the Year:

EVAN TURNER – OHIO STATE

A.P. Mens’ Basketball Coach of th Year:

JIM BOEHEIM – SYRACUSE

A.P. Men’s Basketball 1st Team All America:

EVAN TURNER – OHIO STATE

JOHN WALL – KENTUCKY

GREIVIS VASQUEZ – MARYLAND

JAMES ANDERSON – OKLAHOMA STATE

DAMION JAMES – TEXAS

A.P. Men’s Basketball 2nd Team All America

SCOTTIE REYNOLDS – VILLANOVA

WESLEY JOHNSON – SYRACUSE

DEMARCUS COUISINS – KENTUCKY

SHERRON COLLINS – KANSAS

LUKE HARANGODY – NOTRE DAME

A.P. Men’s Basketball 3rd Team All America:

JON SCHEYER – DUKE

MALCOLM DELANEY – VIRGINIA TECH

JIMMY FREDETTE – BYU

OMAR SAMHAN – SMC

GREG MONROE – GEORGETOWN

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