By Mychal Hunter
I’m going to go a little outside the ACC this morning for a second. Today, I will give you my All Americans for the upcoming season.
As most of you know, I tend to go my own way a little bit. Frank Howard not being my top 25 returning players list wasn’t as hated as I anticipated. However, Kyle Guy coming in at 12 took a little bit of heat.
By Virginia fans only though, so, whatever.
Tremont Waters-LSU: This kid burst onto the college scene last year and dominated as a true freshman. Waters averaged 16 points, 6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He shot 35% from deep and 80% from the line. This year, he will be the leader on a team that is bringing in a TON of talent. Ja’vonte Smart, Nas Reid, Emmitt Williams and Darius Days are all guys who will impact the program immediately. Waters’ numbers may dip a little bit in the scoring category, but his assists may climb due to other’s finishing ability. Team success should vault him into the spotlight as he will be the team’s best player.
Carsen Edwards-Purdue: Steady as she goes. The prime example of a great college player. Edwards would be my choice at guard if I were to start a team using this year’s players. He is a high floor type player in that you always know what you will get from him. He averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a sophomore while playing with the leadership of a senior. He scored single digits in only 3 games all season last year and owned a 30 and 40 point game…on the road. Dependability and leadership along with being one of the most underrated scorers in the country make Edwards an easy pick for me.
Luke Maye-UNC: You don’t make an All American list without including the ACC’s player of the year. Maye is set to clean up during awards season in his senior year. The only player to average better than 15/10/2/40% from deep in the country is going to be the most productive player on a top 3 team in the country. I’ve beaten this horse, you know I love this kid’s game.
Dedric Lawson-Kansas: Another kid whose game I love. I could watch Dedric play all day long. He does a little bit of everything while doing a lot of scoring. During his two seasons at Memphis he averaged 17.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2 blocks and 1.2 steals. He is not a great shooter, but he can get hot in a hurry. He will be the premier player on a team full of talent. He will receive the opportunity to go one on one a lot this season and I’m not sure there is a player the country that can guard him during isolation at all three levels.
Mike Daum-South Dakota State: Any opportunity to mention this guy is one that I enjoy. Daum is a big, lumbering white kid who would probably be the Billy Hoyle on playgrounds across the country if he weren’t 6’9. The two time Summit Conference player of the year returns for his senior season averaging 20+ ppg for his entire career along with 8+ rebounds. He also shoots it at 42.5% from deep, for his career. If this guy played for Duke he’d be on the front of every magazine in the country. Athlon, Lindys, GQ, Time…all of them. Do yourself a favor, watch him play.