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Posted: Thursday November 8, 2012 1:47PM ; Updated: Thursday November 8, 2012 1:47PM

Sports Illustrated's 2012-13 Hoops Preseason All-Americans

Story Highlights

Cody Zeller and Doug McDermott are among SI's preseason All-American picks

Ohio State's Aaron Craft may not score much, but his defensive value is great

He may not be eligible, but UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad should be considered

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Is this the season the Midwest dominates college hoops? Eight of SI's first- and second-team All-Americans hail from that region, which also produced our projected national champ, Indiana. Take a look below for the rest of our All-Americans (teams selected by Luke Winn).

FIRST TEAM

C: Cody Zeller, Soph., Indiana
15.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 62.3% field goals

The preseason frontrunner for the Naismith and Wooden Awards, Zeller is the best offensive post player in the country. He bulked up for his second season, expanded his shooting range and has been joined by a better supporting cast; our guess is that he'll live up to the hype.

SF: Doug McDermott, Jr., Creighton
22.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 60.1% field goals

McDermott was the nation's fourth-highest scorer last season, and could move up to No. 1 as a junior. He's a threat from long-range (he made 48.6 percent of his threes as a sophomore) and in the post, where he's excellent at finding angles to beat bigger defenders.

PF: DeShaun Thomas, Jr., Ohio State
15.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 52.0% field goals

Thomas is hard-wired to score, and with Jared Sullinger gone to the NBA, should have plenty of opportunities to put up points for the Buckeyes. The versatile lefty was arguably Ohio State's best player during its Final Four run last season, averaging 19.2 ppg in the NCAAs.

PG: Isaiah Canaan, Sr., Murray State
19.0 ppg, 3.6 apg, 45.6% threes

Canaan was the catalyst of the Racers' 23-0 start last season, and will be relied on for even more scoring in his senior campaign. A deadeye shooter who has to create much of his offense off the dribble, Canaan has made more than 40 percent of his threes every season at Murray State.

PG: Phil Pressey, Jr., Missouri
10.3 ppg, 6.4 apg, 2.6 assist/turnover ratio

With North Carolina's Kendall Marshall and Iona's Scott Machado gone to the NBA, Pressey is now the best pass-first point guard in college hoops. He'll have plenty of distribution targets in the Tigers' deep, talented backcourt rotation.

SECOND TEAM

PG: Aaron Craft, Jr., Ohio State
8.8 ppg, 2.5 spg, 2.2 assist/turnover ratio

Defense matters in our All-America selection process. Craft may not score much, but he provides immense value as a disruptive defender on the perimeter -- all while running the point for a highly-efficient offense.

PG: Trey Burke, Soph., Michigan
14.8 ppg, 4.6 apg, 3.5 rpg

At three stars, Burke was the most underrated recruit in the Class of 2011. He took over for departed Darius Morris at the point and led the Wolverines to a share of their first Big Ten title since 1986. Now they're poised to contend for a national title.

PF: Tony Mitchell, Soph., North Texas
14.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 3.0 bpg

Look for Mitchell, who didn't join the Mean Green until midway through his freshman season, to be a breakout star as a sophomore. His defensive impact -- by cleaning the glass and swatting shots at a prolific rate -- is immense, and should help him become a Lottery Pick in 2013.

PG: Nate Wolters, Sr., South Dakota State
21.2 ppg, 5.9 apg, 5.1 rpg

Wolters led the Jackrabbits to their first-ever NCAA tournament bid last season, and acquitted himself in games against major-conference competition -- including a 34-point, seven-assist, zero-turnover effort in an upset of Washington last December. He's the country's best do-everything point guard.

C: Jeff Withey, Sr., Kansas
9.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.6 bpg

Withey is a merciless interior defensive force, blocking a national-best 15 percent of opponents' two-point attempts last season and changing many more. His traditional stats don't jump off the page, but his defensive value is more than enough to justify All-America status.

FIFTEEN HONORABLE MENTIONS:

PG: Pierre Jackson, Sr., Baylor
PG: Marcus Smart, Fr., Oklahoma State
SG: BJ Young, Soph., Arkansas
SG: C.J. McCollum, Sr., Lehigh
SG: Jamaal Franklin, Jr., San Diego State
SG: Kenny Boynton, Sr., Florida
SG: Archie Goodwin, Fr., Kentucky
SF: Otto Porter, Soph., Georgetown
PF: Gorgui Dieng, Jr., Louisville
PF: Alex Poythress, Fr., Kentucky
PF: Mike Moser, Jr., UNLV
PF: Trevor Mbakwe, Sr., Minnesota
PF: C.J. Leslie, Jr., NC State
PF: James Michael McAdoo, Soph., North Carolina
C: Nerlens Noel, Fr., Kentucky

FRESHMAN CONSIDERED, BUT NOT YET ELIGIBLE

SG/SF: Shabazz Muhammad, Fr., UCLA

 
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