Julius Randle. Courtesy of BigShots.com

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Julius Randle Named First Team All-American


Today CBSSports.com released their version of the preseason All-American teams, and as expected several Cats made the cut.  Julius Randle was named to the first team All-American and Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew  Harrison to third team All-American.

Other mentions among the three All-American teams were Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Louisville’s Russ Smith and Duke’s Jabari Parker.

Here is an excerpt from the article on CBSSports.com:

CBSSports.com All-American Team
First Team
G | 6-4 | SOPH | Oklahoma State

Smart’s return to OSU for his sophomore season was a big surprise considering he was projected as a consensus top-five pick in last June’s NBA Draft. The Texas native is a leader and terrific talent who could lead the Cowboys to a Big 12 title.

G | 6-0 | SR | Louisville

Smith nearly turned pro after helping the Cardinals win last season’s national title. But where would he have gone? The sometimes erratic scorer would’ve probably ended up as a second-round pick. So he wisely decided to return to Louisville, stack honors and take a shot at winning back-to-back championships.

Andrew Wiggins
G-F | 6-8 | FR | Kansas

Wiggins became the consensus top prospect in the Class of 2013 after reclassifying. He possesses a unique combination of skill and athleticism, which is why the Canadian is projected to go first in next June’s NBA Draft - but not until after he leads the Jayhawks to at least a share of the Big 12 title for the 10th straight year.

F | 6-8 | SR | Creighton

McDermott is a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year who should have no problem adjusting to the stiffer combination that the Big East will present. He’s too skilled for bigs to cover and too big for guards to cover, and his ability to shoot from the perimeter makes him nearly impossible to guard at the college level.

Julius Randle
F | 6-9 | FR | Kentucky

Randle projects as the best player on what projects as the nation’s best team. He’s big, strong and super-aggressive — a matchup nightmare in the frontcourt who just might lead Kentucky in points and rebounds while leading the Wildcats to a second national title in three years.

SECOND TEAM

Aaron Craft: G | 6-2 | SR | Ohio State

Gary Harris: G | 6-4 | SOPH | Michigan State

Jabari Parker: F | 6-8 | FR | Duke

Aaron Gordon: F | 6-8 | FR | Arizona

Mitch McGary: F | 6-10 | SOPH | Michigan

THIRD TEAM

Andrew Harrison: G | 6-6 | FR | Kentucky

Jahii Carson: G | 5-10 | SOPH | Arizona State

Rodney Hood: F | 6-8 | SOPH | Duke

Adreian Payne: C | 6-10 | SR | Michigan State

Willie Cauley-Stein: F | 7-0 | SOPH | Kentucky

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