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Thursday, November 6, 2008

NBC College Basketball's All-American Teams

NBC College Basketball's All-American Teams

A.J. Price
School: Connecticut
Position: Guard
Year: Senior; Height: 6-2
2007-08 stats
PPG: 14.5
RPG: 3.5
APG: 5.8

Price tore his ACL during the Huskies' loss to San Diego is the NCAA tournament, but swears he'll be ready for the season. If that's true, UConn could be headed for its first Final Four since 2004. The Huskies are loaded, but it's Price, a unanimous All-Big East selection last season, who will be leading the way.

Stephen Curry
School: Davidson
Position: Guard
Year: Junior; Height: 6-2
2007-08 stats
PPG: 25.9
APG: 2.9
FG percentage: 48.3

Everyone's favorite sharpshooter could prevent Tyler Hansbrough from claiming back-to-back player of the year honors, but he'll have to be even better than his shining moments in 2007's NCAA tournament when he averaged 32 points a game. The Wildcats will use him at the point this season, which could cut down on his scoring average. A little.

James Harden
School: Arizona State
Position: Swingman
Year: Sophomore; Height: 6-4
2007-08 stats
PPG: 17.8
RPG: 5.3
APG: 3.2

Harden is a dynamite slasher and scorer, getting to the basket with ease or ending up at the free-throw line because he blew by a defender. He's an equally impressive defender and leader, whose presence should ensure ASU snaps its five-year NCAA tournament drought.

Luke Harangody
School: Notre Dame
Position: Forward
Year: Junior; Height: 6-7
2007-08 stats
PPG: 20.4
RPG: 10.6

The reigning Big East player of the year will see double and triple teams this season, which means he'll have to work harder than ever. That shouldn't be a problem for Harangody, a relentless worker and ever-improving shooter. Having Kyle McAlarney open up defenses with his three-point shooting should help.

Tyler Hansbrough
School: North Carolina
Position: Forward
Year: Senior; Height: 6-9
2007-08 stats
PPG: 22.9
RPG: 11.5
FG percentage: 54.0

If there's a sure thing, it's that Hansbrough will be a first-team All-American. Maybe he won't repeat as the player of the year, but another season of 22.6 points, 11.5 rebounds a game -- along with ensuring the Heels are among the top five teams all year -- should earn him first-team honors for the fourth straight season.

2ND Team

Darren Collison
School: UCLA
Position: Guard
Year: Senior; Height: 6-0
2007-08 stats
PPG: 14.5
RPG: 2.6
APG: 3.8

Collison has helped the Bruins to three-straight Final Fours, and remains one of the game's best leaders and defenders. It'll be interesting to see how he meshes with freshman Jrue Holliday, who will assume the playmaking duties when Collison's off the court. UCLA remains Collison's team, though.

Lester Hudson
School: Tennessee-Martin
Position: Guard
Year: Senior; Height: 6-3
2007-08 stats
PPG: 25.7
RPG: 7.8
APG: 4.5

Hudson established himself as one of the game's best all-around talents last season, recording the first quadruple double in D-I history and finishing among the top 10 in scoring, steals and threes per game. He'll be too good to ignore this year

Tyler Smith
School: Tennessee
Position: Swingman
Year: Junior; Height: 6-7
2007-08 stats
PPG: 13.6
RPG: 6.7
APG: 3.4

Smith led the Vols in field-goal percentage, rebounds and assists last year -- and expects to carry an even bigger load this season. He's unstoppable in transition and an improving outside shooter.

Patrick Patterson
School: Kentucky
Position: Forward
Year: Sophomore; Height: 6-8
2007-08 stats
PPG: 16.4
RPG: 7.7

Patterson should be fully recovered from offseason surgery on a stress fracture in his left ankle, which was the only thing that slowed him last season. A relentless, powerful inside player, Patterson could be the nation's best power forward if he stays healthy and can get a little help from the 'Cats' supporting cast.

Blake Griffin
Position: Forward/center
Year: Junior; Height: 6-10
2007-08 stats
PPG: 14.7
RPG: 9.1

Griffin's a double-double machine, recording 10 last season despite various injuries and ailments. He's a virtual lock for the NBA lottery, but also lives up that hype. The more he develops as a basketball player and not just brute force, the better he and Sooners will be.

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