March Madness: My Picks for the 2012-2013 All-American Teams
1st Team All-Americans
G: Trey Burke, Michigan – A young Wolverines team has emerged as a Final Four contender in the nation’s top conference this season, in large part to the play of their sophomore point guard.
G: Victor Oladipo, Indiana – This season the junior guard has evolved from a role player in Tom Crean’s lineup to a top contender for the Naismith Award.
F: Otto Porter, Georgetown – Porter has the Hoyas within reach of a potential number one seed in the NCAA Tournament and is arguably the best player in the final season of what will soon be the old Big East.
F: Doug McDermott, Creighton – The nation’s second leading scorer was a first-team All-American last season and makes the Bluejays a potential bracket buster in the coming weeks.
F: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga – British Columbia’s very own has become the focal point of the Zags rise to the top of the rankings and run to a likely number one seed in the tournament. Olynyk is the biggest star to suit up for Mark Few’s squad since Adam Morrison.
2nd Team All-Americans
G: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State – After missing the NCAA tournament the last two seasons, the Cowboys are having their best season since their Final Four appearance in 2004 with arguably the nation’s best freshman in their starting five. Smart could be the number one pick in the NBA Draft.
G: Shane Larkin, Miami – The Hurricanes are having what might be their best season in program history with a depth chart that includes nine upper classmen. However, the focal point of their offense heading in to tournament play is still their star sophomore guard. Larkin averaged 18 points per game in Miami’s four contests in the regular season against Duke and North Carolina.
F: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State – Aaron Craft has gotten a lot of attention this year for his great defensive play, but the Buckeyes most important player is Thomas who is averaging nearly 20 points and more than six rebounds per game.
F: Jeff Whithey, Kansas – Withey’s defensive play (especially his shot-blocking skills) has anchored the Jayhawks frontcourt. He has Bill Self’s team in position for another Big 12 title and number one seed in the Big Dance.
F: Cody Zeller, Indiana – Although, the consensus preseason player of the year has been overshadowed by one of his own teammates, he has still proven his worth as dominant big man this season averaging more than 16 points and 8 rebound per game.