LeVert named 2014-15 preseason All-American by ESPN

Now that the 2013-14 college hoops season has come to a close, people are already beginning to take a look at what’s to come in 2014-15. ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman recently released a list of the most likely 2014-15 All-Americans, followed by a ranking of the 15 next-best players.

Headlining Goodman’s list is Michigan’s Caris LeVert, who is the lone Big Ten player listed as a first team All-American.

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“Nik Stauskas made the huge jump last season, and look for LeVert to do it next year,” Goodman says. “He’s long, can score in a variety of ways and is also a terrific defender.”

Joining LeVert on Goodman’s first team All-American list is Georges Niang (Iowa State), Cliff Alexander (Kansas), Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and Marcus Paige (North Carolina).

A pair of Big Ten teammates appear on Goodman’s second team All-America list in Wisconsin’s Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky.

Goodman on Dekker: “Don’t be shocked if he makes another jump between his sophomore and junior campaigns. He’s long, athletic and skilled.”

Goodman on Kaminsky: “Kaminsky went from a guy who averaged four points per game to a household name in college hoops. He’s a skilled big man who is a tough matchup.”

Nebraska’s Terran Petteway and Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell are listed as All-America honorable mentions.


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devnet on 4/8/2014 @ 4:16pm EDT Said:

Terran Petteway, who led the B1G in scoring this year is listed as an honorable mention for next year. This guy seem REAL smart…right?