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Vol. 50, No. 1 • November 2012 • .pdf version
Indiana, Zeller are No. 1 combo
The USBWA's preseason favorite is led by the player it expects to be the national player of the year. If the poll is an accurate indicator, Cody Zeller and his Indiana Hoosiers will be hauling a number of honors this season.
Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA was the USBWA's choice to win the Wayman Tisdale Award given to the nation's top freshman. Kentucky's Nerlens Noel earned the second-most votes.
The Hoosiers received 10 of a possible 13 first-place votes, with Louisville receiving the remaining three.Kentucky, Michigan and N.C. State rounded out the top five.
The rest of the top 10 included Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, Duke and UCLA.
Zeller was one of only two vote-getters for national player-of-the-year honors, along with Doug McDermott of Creighton, who was the only unanimous selection for the USBWA's preseason All-America team.
Besides Zeller and McDermott, the six-man All-America team (because of ties) included Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, C.J. Leslie of N.C. State, Peyton Siva of Louisville and Deshaun Thomas of Ohio State.
Receiving multiple player-of-the year votes were Muhammad, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Trey Burke of Michigan and Mike Moser of UNLV. Other vote-getters included Noel; Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State; Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State; Pierre Jackson, Baylor; James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina; C.J. McCollum, Lehigh; Michael Snaer, Florida State; and Jeff Withey, Kansas.
Besides Muhammad and Noel, other freshmen to receive votes for the preseason Tisdale Award included Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, Isaiah Austin of Baylor and Alex Pothyress of Kentucky.
USBWA Board of Directors' Top 25
Others receiving votes: Murray State 25, Minnesota 19, Texas 17, VCU 17, Colorado State 8, Ohio 7, Davidson 6, Florida State 6, Marquette 6, Iowa State 5, Saint Joseph's 5, Tennessee 4, Pittsburgh 3, Miami 2, Stanford 2, Temple 2, Illinois State 1, West Virginia 1.
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