The Associated Press has announced its All-America selections for the 2022-23 college basketball season.
All five players are seniors, showing how prominent upperclassmen will be in the sport this year. The team includes unanimous selections Oscar Tschiebwe from Kentucky and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme. Tschiebwe won every national player of the year award possible last season, but he elected to return to Lexington. Timme was voted to the All-America second team last season due to sharing the frontcourt with future No. 2 pick, Chet Holmgren. However, with Holmgren gone and Timme alone in the paint, NPOY and All-America first team hopes are big.
Tschiebwe and Timme are joined on the team by fellow bigs Armando Bacot from North Carolina and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis. Bacot is the favorite to win ACC player of the year, and his Tar Heels are No. 1 in the AP top 25, so he is a no-brainer. Indiana is the favorite to win the Big Ten this season, and Jackson-Davis will be the Hoosiers’ best player. Timme and Jackson-Davis are the only two selections who were a preseason pick last season. The only guard or wing to get in is Houston guard Marcus Sasser. Sasser dealt with injuries last season, keeping him from earning any national awards, but the high-scoring guard will be a force this year in the AAC.
It is the first time since 2012-13 that a true freshmen is not included in the selections, as that season was dominated by upperclassmen as well. It is also the first time since the 2017-18 season that all five preseason selections are from a different conference. The AAC, ACC, Big Ten, SEC, and WCC are the conferences featured, and the five teams in those conferences who got a selection are projected to win the conference as well.
2022-23 preseason AP All-America team
- Marcus Sasser, Houston
- Armando Bacot, North Carolina
- Drew Timme, Gonzaga
- Trace Jackson-Davis, Indiana
- Oscar Tschiebwe, Kentucky
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