59 days from today there will be college basketball!
Check below for an all-American pre-season list for the 2022-23 season:
Oscar Chiboy, Kentucky: The AP National Player of the Year is back for another tour in Lexington after a historic statistical season. Chibuye 6-9 averaged 17.4 points and 15.1 rebounds a year ago and has played seven games with at least 20 points and 15 rebounds. Prior to last season, the two top stats to play for John Calipari were Anthony Davis and Julius Randle, who both averaged 10.4 rebounds during one school season. Tshiebwe averaged nearly five rebounds every time he took the floor a year ago.
Drew Tim, Gonzaga: Timme may not have gotten the attention he deserved last season because of Chet Holmgren, but he still has a great campaign. Over the past two years, Timme 6-10 has averaged 18.7 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 62.1 percent from the field. This is quietly one of the best players to have played college basketball in the last two decades.
Armando Bacot, North Carolina: This 6-10 bulky man had a double in all eight of his games after last spring’s season, averaging 15.1 points and 15.5 rebounds during that time. After leading North Carolina to a national title within inches last spring, Bakut is back as the National Player of the Year nominee.
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan: Dickinson was so good two years ago as a freshman that a lot of people probably didn’t notice how much he improved last season as a sophomore. After averaging 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds in his first year in college basketball, Dickinson averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds the second time around while adding a new wrinkle to his arsenal—the three-point shot. Dickinson shot 21 long-distance shots when he was a sophomore after not making any of them as a freshman. He’s again in line to solidify things for Michigan.
Trace Jackson Davis, Indiana: Many thought Jackson Davis was a lock to head into the NBA after last year, but he decided to return to Bloomington for his first season. A dominant force in coating both sides of the floor, the 6-9 striker is able to dominate the match through both inside scoring and edge protection. He averaged 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season.
Marcus Sasser, Houston: This 6-2 goalkeeper only appeared in 12 games last season before being sidelined with a toe injury. After courting the NBA draft, Sasser eventually opted to go back to school where he would once again be part of one of the best teams in the country. Sasser averaged 17.7 points a year ago in limited action and scored 20 in the 2021 final against Baylor.
Caleb Love, North Carolina: Love’s overall shots and level play reached a different level late last season—especially in the NCAA Championship. The 6-4 goalkeeper scored 30 points in the Sweet 16 against UCLA and scored 28 in the Final Four against Duke. Like Bacot, Love is back at school with the intention of bringing another national title to Chapel Hill in 2023.
Jaime Jaques, University of California: A slew of annoying injuries hampered Jaquez last season, but when he’s healthy, he’s the best winger in college basketball. Armed with the perfect blend of versatility, skill and durability, 6-7 Jaquez should take on a defining role for UCLA in 2022-23 as the Bruins transition after Johnny Guzang. He scored 18 or more points in five of his last eight games last season.
Adama Sanogo, UConn: This year’s Big East Preseason favorite, Sanogo should continue to practice target practice around the edge as a rookie after crushing opponents when he was a sophomore. The blocker has been improved, with the 6-9 quarterback scoring 55 blocks last season while averaging 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. Sanogo only blocked 21 shots two years ago as a freshman.
Zach Eddy, Bordeaux: “Yao Ming” college basketball, Eddie is a mountain for other teams to face at 7-4. He’ll be making another big comeback with Bordeaux after averaging 14.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 19 minutes last season as a sophomore. Expect a spike in production for this guy moving forward after Travion Williams.
Mike Miles, University of California: He averaged 20.5 points in two NCAA games last spring and led the Horned Frogs to the Sweet 16 before falling short against Arizona in the round of 32. While he needs to become a more efficient scorer after shooting just 38.2 percent from the field Last season, 6-2 miles goalkeeper is as confident as in sports. He will anchor the backcourt for the Horned Frogs, who are returning all five starters and 89 percent of their goals from last season.
RJ Davis, North Carolina: Bacot and Love get the most attention when it comes to the tar heel, but the 6-foot-tall Davis is also one of the best in the sport. New York-born Davis averaged 14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and five assists in six NCAA games last spring and scored 30 in the round of 32 against Baylor.
Adam Flagler, Baylor: A year ago, Flagler was seen as the next great guard on the Baylor Show. Then a large number of injuries occurred and he was not able to stay healthy. If that changes, the Bears may have the Big 12’s best player. A tough and cunning goalscorer, the 6-3 goalkeeper fought four games last season with 22 or more points, including 27 against North Carolina in the NCAA Championship. Flagler also scored 13 points in 22 minutes in the 2021 national title match against Gonzaga.
Isaiah Wong, Miami: The new “Guard U” has a burgeoning new star at 6-3 Wong, who shined during last season’s race to the Elite Eight. Wong averaged 16.3 points in four NCAA games last spring and should be the focal point for Miami in 2022-23 after both Charlie Moore and Cameron McGusty left.
Ryan Calcbrenner, Creighton: Kalkbrenner, winner of the Big East Defensive Player of the Year, is one of the main reasons Creighton is in a position to potentially have the best team ever under Greg McDermott. Kalbreiner 7-1 Elite Edge Protector, played nine games last season with four blocks or more and also averaged 13.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
- Darius McGee, Liberty
- Ryan Nymbard, Creighton
- Colby Jones, Xavier
- Galen Wilson, Kansas
- Colin Castleton, Florida