The college basketball is already up and running (although the University of Kentucky coaches, players and fans would rather it wasn't, after what happened in Lexington Wednesday night).
But here, just in the nick of time, are the Frankhoops.com preseason All-American teams – all three of them.
And there were no qualms at all about incorporating freshmen into the mix, either, as you're about to discover.
Frankhoops.com Preseason All-American
Frank Says: A strained knee ligament might delay the start of his season by one to three games. But he'll make up for lost time about as quickly as he goes free-throw line to free-throw line while dribbling.
Frank Says: His numbers in his only college season aren't going to be quite Kevin Durant-like. Well, come to think of it, his scoring average might.
Frank Says: He'll be in the hunt for John R. Wooden Award honors but only if he's recovered from a torn ACL well enough to be the kind of dynamic performer he was pre-injury.
Frank Says: He's the best back-to-his basket offensive player in college basketball, although we might be giving those kudos to UCLA freshman Kevin Love before long.
Frank Says: He said "No!" to the NBA dough for one more year so the Hoyas might join UCLA as a Final Four returnee.
Frank Says: Depending on what you want to refer to Mayo as (point guard? Shooting guard? Combo guard?), Rose could be the first point guard chosen in the next NBA Draft.
Frank Says: I'm not sure what kind of NBA future he has but that's not the point of this selection – he's one hell of a college player.
Frank Says: I came oh-so-close to tabbing him over Collison as the Pac-10's Preseason Player of the Year and, by March, maybe I'll regret not doing so.
Post: Kevin Love (6-9, Fr., UCLA)
Frank Says: Even some writers who never watched Bill Walton or Wes Unseld play (in college or the NBA) have caught on in calling him "the best outlet passer since Walton and Unseld".
Frank Says: Having Eric Gordon on the floor with him will enhance his effectiveness more than just a tad, I'd say
Frank Says: He'll get a pop at the first-team choice (Collison) in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 2.
Frank Says: My guess is that you'll see him battling Lofton in one of those 3-point shooting contests during Final Four week in San Antonio – assuming Tennessee doesn't have a game to play on April 5, that is.
Frank Says: Lofton is the consensus choice for preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year but this guy might prove to be the correct choice in March.
Frank Says: If his guards get him the ball enough down low, he could lead the SEC in scoring and rebounding. The latter he can take care of by himself.
Frank Says: Opposing crowds can toss all the "mushroom" digs they want to at him – he's going to have a dominating senior season, dominant enough, just maybe, to get the Bulldogs to San Antonio.
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