A few days after the 2008 NCAA Championship game, I made an early projection of the 08-09 All-Americans to go along with Top 50 and All-Freshman projections. Now that players have officially entered or withdrawn from the Draft, we have a much better sense of how next year's landscape will look:
G - Brandon Jennings - Arizona
G - Stephen Curry - Davidson
F - Kyle Singler - Duke**
F - Luke Harangody - Notre Dame
F - Tyler Hansbrough - North Carolina
** Originally, I had slated DJ Augustin into the All-American team. He's been replaced by Singler, who could be a major breakout candidate despite Duke's balanced attack.
G - James Harden - Arizona State
G - Darren Collison - UCLA**
G - Tyrese Rice - Boston College
F - Chase Budinger - Arizona**
F - Jon Brockman - Washington
** I thought Collison would go pro, but he returns to form a solid backcourt with Jrue Holiday (though perhaps Holiday will end up stealing Collison's thunder..). Budinger always seems to disappoint, but now that he's back in school, its hard to imagine he wont score 20 ppg next year.
G - AJ Price - UCONN
G - Nick Calathes - Florida**
G - Demar Derozan - USC**
F - Blake Griffin - Oklahoma
F - Patrick Patterson - Kentucky
** Trent Plaisted was an original Third Team member, but is now hoping to be a 2nd round pick in next week's Draft. Tyreke Evans was originally in Derozan's place, but the return of Antonio Anderson, Robert Dozier, etc to the Tigers make Evans less likely to put up huge numbers.
G - Ty Lawson - UNC**
G - Eric Maynor - VCU
F - Tyler Smith - Tennessee**
F - Terrence Williams - Louisville**
C - AJ Ogilvy - Vanderbilt
** Williams was originally on the 2nd Team, but the return of Collison and Lawson knock him down a peg. Smith's return was huge for Tennessee, and he could end up as high as the First Team. Lawson's return was somewhat of a surprise, and he gets slotted into the Third team.
Next in Line:
Jrue Holiday - UCLA
Dominic James - Marquette
Hasheem Thabeet - UCONN
BJ Mullens - Ohio State
Tyreke Evans - Memphis
Samardo Samuels - Louisville
Looks like a lot of big men get squeezed into the "Next in Line" group. All-American voters are swayed by numbers, and forwards like Brockman and Patterson have a chance to light up the scoreboard in ways that a Thabeet never could.