Many of last season's All-American team left college for the NBA, so look for many new faces on the All-American roster. NBA-Draft.com gives a pre-season look at our picks for this year's All-Americans:
First Team All-America
Tyler HansbroughNorth Carolina
Last year's Naismith Player of the Year, Hansbrough looks to become only the third repeat selection for National Player of the Year in college basketball's history (Bill Walton and Ralph Samspon each did it three times). With Last year's Final Four roster almost entirely the same, it's scary to say that Hansbrough and the Tar Heels look better. Hansbrough is the best player in the nation leading the best team in the nation.
Note: Watch to see if UNC uses its new frontcourt depth (5-star freshmen Tyler Zeller and Ed Davis) to give Hansbrough more breaks.
Heading into the 2008-2009 college season, Griffin leads the discussion of who next year's #1 pick in the NBA Draft might be. This 6'10" 250 pound specimen has the attributes and skills to lead Oklahoma next season, but will the tough Big 12 beat up on him again. Griffin had two knee surgeries last season, but if he can stay on the court, look for him to punish any defender in his way.
Luke HarangodyNotre Dame
Another power player in a power conference, Harangody should dominate yet again in the Big East. Taking bigger players away from the basket and showing off his range, or finishing around the rim with a variety of hooks and put-backs, Harangody is an offensive machine who will put up great stats for the nation's pre-season #9 team.
Last season's NCAA tournament breakout player led Davidson to upsets over Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin before narrowly losing to the national champion runner-up, Kansas. Curry was 4th in the nation in points per game- averaging 4.5 3-point makes a game while shooting an astounding 43.9% from deep. This season, Curry looks to take over more of a point guard role, which translates into having the ball in his hands more often, but coming off of screens for jump shots less. Out of all the All-American choices, Curry's return to the post-season list will be the most difficult.
Collison will be the starting point guard for the pre-season #4 team in the nation, UCLA, and what an opportunity he has. With backcourt mate Josh Shipp returning and 5 ESPN top 100 recruits coming in, look for UCLA to continue its dominance. Collison returned to school to prove NBA scouts wrong and show that he can take over a game, so look for this long-armed, speedy guard to repeat as an All-American selection.
Note: 3 of UCLA's top recruits can play either guard spot so watch out if Collison's minutes and production drop.
Second Team All-America
Third Team All-America
Chase Budinger (Arizona), Earl Clark (Louisville), Lee Cummard (BYU), Austin Daye (Gonzaga), Demar DeRozan (Southern California), Tyreke Evans (Memphis), Manny Harris (Michigan), Gerald Henderson (Duke), Jordan Hill (Arizona), Lester Hudson (UTM), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Eric Maynor (Virginia Commonwealth), Raymar Morgan (Michigan State), A.J. Ogilvy (Vanderbilt), Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga), Tyrese Rice (Boston College), Kyle Singler (Duke), Robert Vaden (UAB), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Terrence Williams (Louisville)