2006 All Amerisingers

By Amsinger - February 27, 2006

No, I didn't screw up the title. All American is a label that remains debatable. Is it All America? Or All American? For crying out loud I work at COLLEGE Sports Television and it remains a bit foggy. Therefore, I'm calling the nation's five best college basketball players - in my opinion...All Amerisingers.

1. Randy Foye, 6'4 Sr. - Villanova: 20.2 pts, 5.4 rebs. and 3 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: Foye will play plenty of point in the pros and there's a lack of dynamite "true" point guard players like a year ago (we miss you Francisco Garcia, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Raymond Felton). Back to Foye, he's the go-to-guy for Villanova. He does it all, can handle the rock when the press clamps down and pull down 14 rebounds like he did against Cincinnati last week. How many expected Villanova to be fighting for the #1 ranking all season before Randy Foye showed up on campus? I know his recruiting class turned out to be stellar, but he's the biggest reason.

2. J.J. Redick, 6'4 Sr. - Duke: 28 pts, 2 rebs. and 2.68 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: He's the best shooting two guard since 1987 when Indiana's Steve Alford poured in 22 points per game at a 3-pt clip of 53 percent. Here's another reason why J.J. deserves mentioning on my 2006 All Amerisinger Team - DUH!!!!!

3. Adam Morrison, 6'8 Jr. Gonzaga: 28.6 pts, 5.6 rebs. and 1.6 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: He's the best PURE SHOOTER in college basketball since 1979 when Larry Bird carried his mid-major team (Indiana State) to the national championship game. I expect Adam to do the same...if only he faces his scoring title rival instead of Magic Johnson.

4. Shelden Williams, 6'9 Sr. Duke: 18.8 pts, 10.1 rebs. and 3.6 blocks per game.
EXPLANATION: Here's a guy that could have jumped ship like other former Dukies - Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer and most recently, Luol Deng. Instead, he stuck with it and J.J. Redick should thank him for it. Without Shelden, there's no way Redick puts up the same numbers. Without sounding sappy, Williams and Redick "complete eachother." That definitely sounded sappy.

5. Nick Fazekas, 6'11 Jr. Nevada: 21.6 pts, 10.3 rebs. and 2 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: This is where the All Amerisingers differ from the All Americans, I believe the five should fill out each position - ONE point guard, ONE shooting guard, ONE small forward, ONE power forward and ONE center! Sometimes, the first or second teams consist of three shooting guards and that drives me nuts. Therefore, I put together a real TEAM and Fazekas has to make it. I'm more sure of this future 1st round pick in my starting five than I am Shelden Williams. Fazekas can do it all. Score, rebound, block shots, pass, run the floor, handle the ball and play defense. He's put Nevada basketball on the map and I expect a huge NCAA Tournament from my first team All Amerisinger center.

Now, time for my second team All Amerisingers:

1. Carl Krauser, 6'2 Sr. Pittsburgh: 15.7 pts, 4 rebs. and 4.5 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: He's the heart and soul of Jamie Dixon's club. After Pitt said farewell to guys like Troutman and Taft a year ago, the scoring load fell mightily upon the shoulders of Krauser. Not only did he lead the Panthers in scoring, his off-the-dribble penetration created countless open looks for junior center Aaron Gray. The 7-footer ended up shooting 55% from the floor and may be the most improved player in college basketball. Gray has Krauser to thank.

2. Mike Gansey, 6'4 Sr. West Virginia: 17.7 pts, 5.7 rebs. and 2 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: Gansey is the "glue-guy" for West Virginia. When anything goes wrong, he puts it all back together. A clutch three point shooter that actually runs the floor and finishes well on fast breaks, Gansey is the type of player that will have his jersey number retired.

3. Rudy Gay, 6'9 So. UConn: 16 pts, 6.8 rebs. and 2 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: I sure hope Rudy understands why I left him off my first team, in his position (small forward) there was a better player. Frankly, I don't think he cares if he receives his inagural second team All Amerisinger certificate in the mail, nor should he. Expect Rudy to be a consensus 2006 All American...or All America...tomato, tomata.

4. Craig Smith, 6'7 Sr. Boston College: 17 pts, 8.7 rebs. and 2.7 assists per game.
EXPLANATION: Anyone that watched Craig Smith dominate the second half and overtime of the Eagles important road contest against N.C. State understands how important he is to BC. He's a man-child on the boards that simply will not get out-hustled for a loose ball. Unfortunately for Smith, his lack of size will hold him back from being a big money player in the NBA, but for now - he deserves to be included on my All Amerisinger second team.

5. LaMarcus Aldridge, 6'10 So. Texas: 16 pts, 9.3 rebs. and 2 blocks per game.
EXPLANATION: It's funny, with all the talk about Redick and Morrison many are leaving out this guy. Chances are he'll be the first player selected in the 2006 NBA Draft. He may be the most talented player in the country. Despite being just a sophomore, expect LaMarcus to leave it all on the court in Indy, because I expect the Final Four to be this big guy's swan song at Texas.

Here's a look at the guys I considered, but left off my All Amerisinger Teams:

Rodney Carney, 6'7 Sr. Memphis: Some games he didn't show up for the Tigers. Also, he hasn't started every game.
Maurice Ager, 6'5 Sr. Michigan State: Ager, Brown and Davis cancelled themselves out this season.
Shannon Brown, 6'4 Jr. Michigan State: " "
Paul Davis, 6'11 Sr. Michigan State: " "
Kevin Pittsnogle, 6'11 Sr. West Virginia: He can't rebound or play solid defense.
Marcus Williams, 6'3 Jr. UConn: If he didn't steal those laptops he'd be a 1st Teamer.
P.J. Tucker, 6'5 Jr. Texas: What a year from this guy? Too bad he doesn't have a position.
Glen Davis, 6'9 So. LSU: This guy doesn't play on national television enough. He will though and a 1st Teamer in '07.
Tyler Hansbrough, 6'9 Fr. UNC: The best freshman in the nation. He'll earn plenty of All Amerisingers at UNC.

Disagree with my first All Amerisinger squad? Go ahead and let me know. I'll post the best arguments shortly.

Posted by Amsinger at 03:50 PM on February 27, 2006

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