The 2012-13 season was rough-and-tumble college basketball campaign that, while excruciating for the players and coaches involved, proved wildly entertaining for the fans.
The year’s headlines were dominated by the dominance of the Big Ten, the emergence of Gonzaga and Miami, and the spectacular fall from grace of the Kentucky Wildcats. Those three season-long themes played themselves out once again on Monday with the Sporting News’ release of their official College Basketball All-American squads.
Four of the 15 players selected to the prestigious first, second, and third teams play in the Big Ten, the conference that has set the standard for excellence this year. As for the first team, both B1G guards, Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo, were expected to be close to the top if not at it, while the other three first-team selections are all surprises.
Oklahoma State surprised on the whole this year, but Marcus Smart was the reason why. The same goes for Gonzaga and its superstar 7-footer, Kelly Olynyk. Otto Porter basically became the entire Georgetown team after Greg Whittington and his 12.1 points per game were ruled academically ineligible.
Did you favorite college hoopster make the list?
Trey Burke, G, Michigan Wolverines
Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana Hoosiers
Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Otto Porter Jr., F, Georgetown Hoyas
Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Seth Curry, G, Duke Blue Devils
Shabazz Muhammad, G, UCLA Bruins
Doug McDermott, F, Creighton Bluejays
Deshaun Thomas, F, Ohio State Buckeyes
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas Jawyhawks
Russ Smith, G, Louisville Cardinals
Shane Larkin, G, Miami Hurricanes
Alan Crabbe, G/F, Cal Golden Bears
Ben McLemore, F, Kansas Jayhawks
Cody Zeller, C, Indiana Hoosiers