It’s always too early for Pre-Season awards, but that doesn’t mean we are going to ignore them, now does it? Nope. Nicole Auerbach (no relation to Dan, I don’t think) of USA Today predicts that both Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison will be 2nd team All-Americans next season. Joining the two Wildcats on the 2nd team are Aaron Craft, Gary Harris, and Shabazz Napier.
While there are no current Cats on the 1st team (which has become rare), there is one potential UK guy on there in Andrew Wiggins. Mitch McGary, Marcus Smart, Russ Smith, and Doug McDermott round out there other 1st teamers.
But wait, there’s more. You may be thinking to yourself, “Hey, that Randle kid from Texas is pretty darn good, where’s he?!” Well you are not alone in thinking that. A couple of other yet-to-play-a-college-game Kentucky guys are on the “Others receiving consideration” list – Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle. Hell, let’s just have the whole team play well enough next year to get them everyone on these All-American lists. I like their chances.