Here’s part 2 of the All Conferences Tournament. Part 1 is linked at the bottom. The teams will be ranked 1-8 and start a tournament to determine a winner later on today.
All other Conferences
PG- David Holston, Chicago State- I got to watch Holston at Marquette this year, and he was well worth the price of admission. He had some of the most unbelievable range I had ever seen, hitting 7 threes against the Golden Eagles. He averages 4.5 treys a game and hands out 6 helpers a game as well.
SG- Stephen Curry, Davidson- Very easy pick here, as Curry leads the nation in scoring to go along with 6 assists a game. While he has played the point this year, I doubt he will have any trouble adjusting to the shooting guard role in this offense.
SF- Mike Rose, Eastern Kentucky- Rose is another senior leader that I really like. He averages 21 points per game and 6 rebounds, and is a speedy defender averaging 2 steals a game. He’s also shooting 49% from downtown and logs almost 37 minutes per game.
PF- Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga- One of my favorite players to watch, Heytvelt is an exceptional senior leader for the Bulldogs, and while his stats do not jump off the page, his intangibles can not be taught and will be a good presence inside.
C- John Bryant, Santa Clara- Bryant averages 18 and 14 on the year and averages 2.6 per game. At 6’10”, 305 lbs. he is an absolute monster inside and is the foundation to a team that gives up just 62 points per game.
6th- Lester Hudson, UT Martin- The only reason he isn’t starting is because I love the backcourt right now. Still, Martin averages over 27 a game with 7.4 rebounds and 4 assists, all from the shooting guard position.
Apologies to: Johnathon Jones (Oakland), Eric Maynor (VCU)
PG- Kalin Lucas, Michigan State- Lucas is one of five sophomores to make the Big Ten squad. He averages 4.7 assists per game, but he is also an excellent shooter that is only going to get better as time goes on. On defense, he is small but quick.
SG- Manny Harris, Michigan- Harris is a solid shooting guard for the Wolverines that also averages 7 rebounds per game. He has struggled as of late but with good size (6’5”) and speed he deserves a spot on the team.
SF- Evan Turner, Ohio State- Turner is similar to Harris in most categories, but carries a little more height with him and plays better defense. He is shooting 52% from the field and logs over 35 minutes per game.
PF- JaJuan Johnson, Purdue- Johnson is a perfect fit for a Big Ten team. He is a big, inside post defender and a great shot blocker. He is still a little raw and can play out of control at times, but he reminds me of Tyrus Thomas in some ways.
C- Goran Suton, Michigan State- Sutan has always been one of my favorite Tom Izzo players to watch. He averages just 9.4 and 7.4, but is an outstanding defender and great team player. He also provides senior leadership for a very young Big Ten team.
6th- Robbie Hummel, Purdue- Hummel is a very efficient player for the Boilermakers that contributes in many ways. Injuries have slowed him down, but in a perfect world where he is healthy, he is one of the best players in the Big Ten.
Apologies to: Chester Frazier (Illinois), Talor Battle (Penn State), DeShawn Sims (Michigan)
PG- Darren Collison, UCLA- Collison is exactly what you ask for in a point guard. A/T ratio is 2.31, 4th year senior that has been to the Final Four his first three years, and an overall leader that rallies the troops.
SG- James Harden, Arizona State- The frontrunner for Pac-10 Player of the Year has to be on the squad, and Harden fits the bill. Harden is a 2/3 tweener but I like his athleticism and speed enough to put him here. He averages 21.3 a game and is a stout defender.
SF- Chase Budinger, Arizona- One word to define Budinger would be consistency. His points per game have increased every year and the other statistics have as well. I was skeptical of his game until I actually saw him play. What I saw was a fierce competitor and a great athlete.
PF- Jordan Hill, Arizona- Hill has transformed into an outstanding forward for the Wildcats, averaging 18 and 11 and blocking 2 shots per game. He is a fantastic post presence and is 235 pounds of muscle.
C- John Brockman, Washington- Brockman’s numbers are not outstanding, at 14 points and 11 rebounds per game, but his senior leadership has been outstanding this year and while Brockman is more of a power forward, Hill can play center if needed.
6th- Nic Wise, Arizona- Wise brings a little bit of everything to the table for the Wildcats and is a good 6th man for the Pac-10 squad. He has good percentages and is a fast point guard that runs the break well which will be a good compliment for Collison’s half court game.
Apologies to: Josh Shipp (UCLA), Taj Gibson (USC), Jerome Randle (California)
PG- Brock Young, East Carolina- I haven’t seen him play, but the stats don’t lie. Young averages 7.8 assists per game in just his second year to go with 1.5 steals per game.
SG- Jermaine Taylor, UCF- Taylor is averaging over 25 points per game on the year, all while shooting 49% from the field. The senior guard has good size and can score from anywhere on the court.
SF- Aubrey Coleman, Houston- A little bit of a cheat here, putting Coleman as the small forward despite being a pure shooting guard, but he averages 20 points per game and hits the boards well (8 per game).
PF- Robert Dozier, Memphis- Dozier got lost in the crowd last year at Memphis, but is making up for it this year and then some. The senior has Memphis undefeated in C-USA (what else is new?) and is averaging 12 and 7 on the year. He plays outstanding defense as well, averaging over a block and a steal per game.
C- Jerome Jordan, Tulsa-
6th- Tyreke Evans, Memphis- I have seen him play a couple of times and he is excellent. The diaper dandy averages 17 points per game, 5 rebounds per game and almost 4 assists. He also averages two steals a game and plays lockdown defense with outstanding size (6’6”). He could easily be starting on this team.
Apologies to: Stephon Jackson (UTEP), Lawrence Kinnard (UAB), Robert Vaden (UAB)