Preseason All-American team, coach changes and all things college hoops

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Post’s preseason All-Americans

First team

Max Abmas
Jr., G, Oral Roberts (24.5 PPG, 3.8 APG)

The federation discovered the electrical 6-foot defender successful March, aft helium led the Golden Eagles to upsets of Ohio State and Florida successful the NCAA Tournament. But Abmas was already ascendant earlier that, starring the state successful scoring and shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range. He is backmost for an encore, and adjacent much volition beryllium asked of him present that his moving mate, Kevin Obanor, has transferred to Texas Tech.

Paolo Banchero
Fr., F, Duke

There are a assortment of reasons Duke volition person a bounce-back play aft missing the NCAA Tournament past twelvemonth for the archetypal clip since 1995. At the apical of the database is Banchero, an uber-talented, 6-foot-10, inside-out unit who is successful the premix to beryllium the No. 1 prime successful the adjacent NBA draft. Just inquire Villanova, which was bludgeoned by Banchero for 29 points and 12 rebounds successful a closed-door scrimmage.

Kofi Cockburn
Jr. C, Illinois (17.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG)

The NBA is focused connected what Cockburn can’t do: sprout and support connected the perimeter arsenic the crippled has moved distant from the accepted large man. But determination is truthful overmuch the 7-footer does astatine an highly precocious level, specified arsenic ain the overgarment astatine some ends of the level and pb his squad to its astir wins successful 12 years past winter.

Johnny Juzang
Jr., G, UCLA (16.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG)

Juzang flopped astatine Kentucky, but thrived astatine UCLA, starring the Bruins to their archetypal Final Four successful 13 years and averaging 22.8 points successful 5 tourney games. The skilled helping returned aft toying with entering the NBA draft, and that determination made the Bruins a chic nationalist title pick.

Drew Timme
Jr., F, Gonzaga (19.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG)

One of the sport’s large breakout stars a twelvemonth ago, the multi-talented guardant is simply a National Player of the Year campaigner aft passing connected the nonrecreational ranks for different play successful Spokane, Wash. Timme is incredibly pugnacious to defend, a skilled post-up subordinate who is lethal passing retired of treble teams and tin besides wounded you with his jumper.

Second team

Hunter Dickinson: So. C, Michigan (14.1 PPG, 59.8 FG%)
Chet Holmgren: Fr., F, Gonzaga
Trayce Jackson-Davis: Jr., F, Indiana (19.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG)
E.J. Liddell: Jr., F, Ohio State (16.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG)
Trevion Williams: Sr., F, Purdue (15.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG)

Third team

Emoni Bates: Fr., F, Memphis
Julian Champagnie: Jr., F, St. John’s (19.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG)
Collin Gillespie: Sr., G, Villanova (14.0 PPG, 4.6 APG)
Jaden Ivy: So., G, Purdue (11.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG)
Remy Martin: Sr., G, Kansas (19.1 PPG, 3.7 APG)

Post’s All-area team

First team

Julian Champagnie, Brooklyn
Jr., F, St. John’s (19.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG)

Quiet and humble, Champagnie lets his play bash the talking, and it spoke volumes past year, keying the Red Storm to a fourth-place decorativeness successful the Big East. The sweet-shooting forward’s determination to instrumentality to schoolhouse aft investigating the NBA draught waters acceptable up St. John’s for what it hopes is simply a peculiar season.

Kofi Cockburn, Brooklyn
Jr., C, Illinois, (17.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG)

One of the precise champion large men successful the state volition beryllium other motivated this year, by the Illini’s stunning second-round NCAA Tournament nonaccomplishment to Loyola-Chicago and the tepid feedback helium received from the NBA. Get successful his mode astatine your ain risk.

Andre Curbelo, Brookville, L.I.
So., G, Illinois, (9.1 PPG, 4.2 APG)

In a constricted relation arsenic a freshman, the 6-foot-1 level wide enactment up prime numbers, providing glimpses of his immense promise. It’s his amusement successful Champaign this year, and determination is nary ceiling for 1 of assemblage basketball’s astir breathtaking players.

Tyson Etienne, Fort Lee, N.J.
Jr., G, Wichita State, (16.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG)

His monolithic leap from relation subordinate to prima propelled Wichita State to the AAC crown contempt being picked seventh. After flirting with the NBA, the league’s preseason Player of the Year opted to return, looking to boost his draught banal and pb his squad backmost to the Dance.

Jahvon Quinerly, Hackensack, N.J.
Jr., G, Alabama (12.9 PPG, 3.2 APG)

After 2 years of waiting, Quinerly showed what each the hype was about, exploding onto the country arsenic the motor down Alabama’s archetypal Sweet 16 squad successful 17 years. Now, the All-SEC preseason archetypal squad enactment is acceptable to physique disconnected his breakout season.

Second team

Posh Alexander, Brooklyn: So. G, St. John’s (10.9 PPG, 4.3 APG)
AJ Griffin, White Plains: Fr., G/DF, Duke
Ron Harper Jr., Franklin Lakes, N.J.: Sr., G/F, Rutgers (14.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG)
Kyle Lofton, Hillside, N.J.: Sr., G, St. Bonaventure (14.4 PPG, 5.5 APG)
Jared Rhoden, Baldwin, L.I.: Sr., G, Seton Hall (14.9 PPG, 6.7 RPG)

Third team

Jamir Harris, North Brunswick, N.J.: Sr., G, Seton Hall (20.5 PPG, 3.5 APG)
Markquis Nowell, Harlem: Jr., G, Kansas State (14.3 PPG, 6.0 APG)
Kadary Richmond, Brooklyn: So., G, Seton Hall (6.3 PPG, 3.1 APG)
Adama Sanogo, Elizabeth, N.J.: So., F, Connecticut (7.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG)
Keith Williams, Brooklyn: Sr., G, Western Kentucky (14.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG)

Coaches successful caller places

Chris Beard, Texas

His five-year tally astatine Texas Tech — wherever helium produced a .671 winning percentage, reached an Elite Eight and a nationalist rubric crippled — turned Beard into 1 of the large stars successful the sport. At Texas, with ample resources and name-brand recognition, helium volition beryllium successful the rubric hunt connected an yearly basis. There is nary doubt: Texas is backmost — but successful basketball, not football.

Hubert Davis, North Carolina

The large signifier won’t scare Davis. He played for the Knicks, and played and coached astatine North Carolina, serving the past 9 years arsenic an adjunct for Roy Williams. He is besides inheriting a prime squad led by starring scorer and rebounder Armando Bacot, and fortified by transportation forwards Dawson Garcia (Marquette) and Brady Manek (Oklahoma).

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Tommy Lloyd, Arizona

For 2 decades, Lloyd was Mark Few’s apical deputy, helping him crook Gonzaga into a powerhouse, his planetary connections a large origin successful the Zags’ success. He’s going retired connected his ain now, taking implicit astatine Arizona pursuing Sean Miller’s scandal-filled tenure, which produced dwindling occurrence successful caller years.

Porter Moser, Oklahoma

After 4 consecutive 20-win seasons, a Sweet 16 berth and a Final Four quality astatine Loyola-Chicago, Moser is moving up, taking his changeable astatine the high-major level astatine Oklahoma. But Sooners fans whitethorn request to beryllium patient: Their 3 champion players are gone, Oklahoma was picked seventh successful the Big 12 and Moser didn’t scope the NCAA Tournament until his seventh play astatine his erstwhile stop.

Shaka Smart, Marquette

The complaints Marquette fans had astir Steve Wojciechowski — doing little with much — are the aforesaid ones Texas fans had with Smart, who near the Longhorns for his caller occupation aft past season. Since starring VCU to the 2011 Final Four, Smart’s tourney grounds is 2-8, and that includes an upset nonaccomplishment to No. 14 Abilene Christian arsenic a 3rd effect past March. Smart was inactive capable to enlistee astatine an elite level and nutrient pros — helium had six players drafted successful six years successful Austin — which helium volition proceed to bash astatine Marquette.

Tony Stubblefield, DePaul

After astir 30 years arsenic an adjunct coach, the 51-year-old Stubblefield is getting his changeable astatine DePaul. He won’t person to enactment miracles close away. Anything would beryllium advancement aft his predecessor, Dave Leitao, compiled an abysmal 51-103 league grounds successful his 2nd stint astatine the Chicago school.

Mike Woodson, Indiana

Juwan Howard has proven that an NBA feline tin excel astatine his alma mater, if helium surrounds himself with the close assistants and is consenting to grind and adapt. The aboriginal signs are affirmative for the erstwhile Knicks coach, who was capable to support Associated Press preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis, and four-star recruits Tamar Bates and Logan Duncomb, and onshore cardinal transportation halfway Michael Durr (South Florida) and defender Xavier Johnson (Pittsburgh).

Transfer winnners


Before the transportation marketplace became specified a hallmark of assemblage hoops recruiting, Eric Musselman was utilizing it to crook Nevada into a mid-major power. At Arkansas, aft an Elite Eight travel made imaginable by important transfers, helium has continued that trend. Musselman made up for cardinal losses by bringing successful playmaking defender Chris Lykes (Miami), skilled defender Au’Diese Toney (Pittsburgh), high-scoring helping Stanley Umude (South Dakota) and gritty guardant Trey Wade (Wichita State).


If the transportation marketplace had a draft, fewer players would’ve gone up of Walker Kessler, the ultra-talented 7-foot-1 large antheral from North Carolina. On apical of the erstwhile five-star recruit, Bruce Pearl reeled successful 44.9 points per crippled worthy of guards successful K.D. Johnson (Georgia), Wendell Green Jr. (Eastern Kentucky) and Zep Jasper (College of Charleston).


Two-time All-Pac-12 performer Remy Martin is the headliner, a pb defender who averaged 19.1 points for Arizona State past season. But helium isn’t alone. Guard Joseph Yesufu (Drake) and shooter Jalen Coleman-Lands (Iowa State) are proven scorers, and Division II All-American transportation Cam Martin (Missouri Southern) tin beryllium utilized arsenic a agelong 5 with his interaction from deep.


John Calipari is adjusting to the times, hitting the transportation marketplace hard. He filled respective large holes: astatine constituent defender by landing playmaker Sahvir Wheeler (Georgia), connected the perimeter by snagging shooters CJ Fredrick (Iowa) and Kellan Grady (Davidson), and successful the overgarment with bruising guardant Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia).


Texas added the starring scorers from 3 teams: — Marcus Carr (Minnnesota), Tre Mitchell (Massachusetts) and Timmy Allen (Utah) — and the starring rebounder from another, Christian Bishop (Creighton). That doesn’t adjacent origin successful talented guardant Dylan Disu (Vanderbilt) oregon erstwhile top-35 constituent defender enlistee Devin Askew (Kentucky). What a haul for Chris Beard.