The first NCAA basketball Preseason All-American team of the 2015-2016 season has been unveiled by Blue Ribbon Yearbook, and it includes Kentucky Wildcats prized freshman Skal Labissiere, as well as Providence's Kris Dunn, Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon, LSU's Ben Simmons, and ISU's Georges Niang.
CBT's Rob Dauster was the first to report on the college basketball annual's cover, which includes the five stars selected. This should be the first of many preseason honors Skal garners between now and the start of the 2015-16 hoops season. He's already projected by most as the No. 1 or 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The only (mild) surprise here is Brogdon, a steady, if unspectacular, senior for Tony Bennett's Cavaliers. Oklahoma's Buddy Hield is another hot name for this spot (and would have been my choice). Do not be surprised when he receives the honor from other publications and organizations. Michigan's Caris LeVert is another possibility for this spot.
The other four figure to be on most, if not all, Preseason A-A teams. Niang is the token upperclassman who can do everything well, Simmons is LSU's basketball savior and the projected number one pick in next summer's NBA Draft, and Dunn was a projected lottery pick last June but opted to return to Providence, where he was the Big East's Co-Player of the Year last season, for his junior year.
Speaking of, Sports Illustrated college basketball writer David Gardner put out his top 10 high-impact freshmen for 2015-16 on Tuesday, and both Labissiere and incoming UK freshman Jamal Murray made the list. Gardner tabbed Labissiere as the No. 2 high-impact freshman and Murray at No. 6.