With the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season set to tip off Wednesday – two weeks later than scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic – USA TODAY Sports provides its preseason All-America list.
After an unusual offseason, most of the first team is led by key returnees with the sport seeing an uptick in veterans this season. That’s especially true in the Big Ten, as five of the 15 players on the three preseason teams play in that league.
There are still one-and-done freshmen on the list, although fewer than previous years. Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, a second-team selection, will be the must-watch freshman this season. The do-everything guard is expected to make an immediate impact on his way to the 2021 NBA draft.
*G Jared Butler, Baylor. There’s a reason the Bears are No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll. Butler is the lead returnee on coach Scott Drew’s national title contender. Butler averaged 16 points and 3.1 assists per game in 2019-20.
*G Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois. The Illini are poised for a breakout season and the 6-5 junior guard is a driving force for coach Brad Underwood’s team. Dosunmu averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season. If Illinois does big things this season, Dosunmu will be a major reason why.
*F Corey Kispert, Gonzaga. The ‘Zags are a national title threat, and Kispert is a key cog for a team that thrives based on all of its pieces coming together. . Kispert is a high-level three-point shooter, and at 6-7, can stretch the floor as a catalyst in coach Mark Few’s free-flowing offensive system.
*F Sam Hauser, Virginia. The Marquette transfer averaged 14.9 points a game last year and has shot 44.5% from three-point range in three years. He’ll fit in perfectly in coach Tony Bennett’s methodical offense and be a key for a Cavs group looking to challenge for the ACC title.
*F/C Luka Garza, Iowa. Garza was the runner-up for national player of the year behind Dayton’s Obi Toppin last year, and he’ll be a front runner for that award again on a Big Ten title favorite. Garza averaged 24 points and 9.8 rebounds last season and is the centerpiece on Iowa’s balanced roster.
- G Collin Gillespie, Villanova
- G Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
- G BJ Boston, Kentucky
- G Remy Martin, Arizona State
- C Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
- G Marcus Garrett, Kansas
- G Marcus Zegarowski, Creighton
- G Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
- F Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
- F/C Nate Reuvers, Wisconsin
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