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UK Freshmen (and Willie) Getting Preseason Honors


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Basketball season never stops, which is why it’s still appropriate to talk about it in May, on the Sunday after Derby.  Because it’s always relevant.  And in looking forward to next season, has made their own list of All-American choices.  Surprising no one, Kentucky players had their fair share of representation.

Those Wildcats, and the teams they made, are as follows:

-Julius Randle, Fr. PF, AA 2nd Team, All-Freshman 1st Team

-Willie Cauley-Stein, So. C, AA 3rd Team

-Andrew Harrison, Fr. G, AA 3rd Team, All-Freshman 1st Team

-Aaron Harrison, Fr. G, All-Freshman 1st Team

-Dakari Johnson, Fr. C, All-Freshman 2nd Team

You might be upset that those rankings seem a bit low, but keep in mind that putting freshmen on AA teams is typically avoided.  With so little to go on, media folks balk at putting too much hype on the incoming guys.  For example, Jabari Parker, previously heralded as the best high school player since LeBron, made the 4th Team.  So keep that in mind before you make any complaints about Andrew Harrison “only” making the 3rd Team.

So, all things considered, Kentucky fared pretty well, comprising a whole 16% of the total All-American squads.  There’s a reason basketball season never stops here; it’s because there’s so much to look forward to.

Also on the list?  Andrew Wiggins, of course, who made the 1st Team All-American squad.  As if we were looking for another reason to covet this guy.

Article written by Corey Nichols

3 Comments for UK Freshmen (and Willie) Getting Preseason Honors

  1. PortlandKy
    5:55 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like a lot to look forward to. I don’t think any freshman should be eligible though.

  2. Catlanta
    5:59 pm May 5, 2013 Permalink

    blah, blah, blah. We heard all this last year. I am hopeful, but not buying into the hype. Hopefully, we have a much better year.

  3. KevinM
    11:37 am May 6, 2013 Permalink

    WCS 3rd team pre-season 3rd AA team? Wow, now that will be quite an improvement to what we saw last year. I will be giddy if he gets 3rd team All-SEC.

    Nothing to complain about on that list, and Jabari Parker will get his share of the pub. He is going to be a great one like Wiggins.