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SCS.COM COLLEGE HOOPS POSTSEASON ALL-AMERICANS
April 9, 2008

SCS.comSCS.com’s First Team All-America squad ended up exactly the same as the Associated Press’ selection. That could mean we know what we’re doing here. Of course, that could also mean we have no creativity. Read into it however you’d like, but the real reason our first team was the same as the Associated Press’ is probably because there’s not much room for debate. Unlike the first team, SCS.com’s selections for Second Team All-Americans varied considerably from the Associated Press’ choices. See, we do have creativity.

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA
G D.J. Augustin Texas
G Chris Douglas-Roberts Memphis
F Michael Beasley Kansas State
F Kevin Love UCLA
C Tyler Hansbrough North Carolina

Remember how much Kevin Durant’s departure was supposed to affect Texas? Against all odds, the Longhorns actually improved without Durant, and point guard D.J. Augustin was the main reason for the success. Although he struggled against Derrick Rose in the Elite Eight, Augustin had a brilliant season, solidifying himself as one of the nation’s top point guards. Chris Douglas-Roberts was the leading scorer for national title runner-up Memphis, and the 6 foot 7 guard took his game up a notch as a junior. Kevin Love entered the season with massive expectations at UCLA, and he met every single one of them. He provided the Bruins with a low post scoring threat and even showed some range from the perimeter on offense, and he also averaged more than 10 rebounds per game.

Michael Beasley and Tyler Hansbrough are easily college basketball’s two top players. North Carolina’s outstanding season propelled Hansbrough to the Player of the Year award, as did his 22.6 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game. But Beasley’s statistics were even more eye-popping, averaging 26.2 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game.

For the first time in history, the All-American First Team did not have a single senior on the list. That just shows how much college basketball has changed - the game is dominated by the young players these days.

SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA
G Derrick Rose Memphis
G Stephen Curry Davidson
G Eric Gordon Indiana
F D.J. White Indiana
C Brook Lopez Stanford

Derrick Rose’s regular season was very solid, but he performed at an elite level in the NCAA tournament. He may even challenge Beasley as the top pick in the NBA draft this June, not because of his gaudy statistics this season, but because of his unlimited potential. Stephen Curry also had a terrific March, but unlike Rose, he put up numbers all season. Although he played in the lowly Southern Conference, Curry dominated the entire season, and finally put his skills on display for the nation this month.

Eric Gordon and D.J. White had strong individual seasons, but they unfortunately will leave Indiana after a tainted season, best known for the Kelvin Sampson firing. Maybe Gordon should have gone to Illinois after all. Sophomore Brook Lopez will be in the NBA next season, but he undoubtedly left a mark at Stanford after everything his accomplish. He and his brother teamed up as the most dominant paint duo in the entire country, and Lopez will surely succeed at the next level.

Honorable Mention All-America
Ryan Anderson (California), Shan Foster (Vanderbilt), Luke Harengody (Notre Dame), O.J. Mayo (Southern Cal), Jason Thompson (Rider)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Michael Beasley, Kansas State

COACH OF THE YEAR
Keno Davis, Drake

An argument can be made for Michael Beasley as Player of the Year, but Hansbrough’s team went to the Final Four - Kansas State did not. That’s the deciding factor in that case. Keno Davis did a great job with Drake this past season, and he exceeded all expectations with his team’s performance. The Coach of the Year is always presented to the nation’s most surprising coach, and Davis certainly fits that description. Beasley may not have won Player of the Year, but there’s no doubt he was the freshman of the year. He actually out-produced Kevin Durant, who many believed had the most impressive freshman campaign last season.

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