Naismith All-Americans Announced

The Naismith prep All-American squad expanded to three teams this year, and as always players are eligible for the award irrespective of class.

Not surprisingly, the nation’s best teams have produced some of the nation’s best players.

Naismith, which recognizes players on the basis of performance, rather than how they necessarily rate as prospects — though obviously the correlation runs high — carries a great deal of respect due to the organization’s work at all levels of the sport.

With that said, here’s a look at the first team:

Every player on the first team ranks in our national top 20 for the Class of 2015, including Nos. 1 and 2, Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons (pictured above). Elite scoring guards Malik Newman and Allonzo Trier also made the first team, and a big senior year at Oak Hill enable Dwayne Bacon to nab a spot.

Moving to the second team, here’s a look at the five:

Five more players, all five elites, earned second team honors. Jayson Tatum became the only underclassman to make the first or second team.

The following five players rounded out the squad:

Of the three juniors presently in strong contention for No. 1, all earned Naismith honors. Tatum made the second team while both Harry Giles and Josh Jackson earned spots on the third team.

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