January 11, 2013
SI's 2012-13 Midseason All-Americans
SI's Luke Winn and Seth Davis assemble their midseason All-America teams.
First Team
Trey Burke
Michigan Wolverines, Soph.
18.2 ppg, 7.3 apg, 4:1 assist/turnover ratio
Burke made an extremely wise decision to pass on the NBA draft; as a sophomore he's emerged as the best all-around point guard in college. He's piloting the nation's best offense with remarkable efficiency, and is challenging Duke's Mason Plumlee to be the new national player of the year favorite.
Russ Smith
Louisville Cardinals, Jr.
19.4 ppg, 2.5 spg
Smith is a volume shooter -- he uses an insane 34.1 percent of the Cardinals' possessions -- who's grown from a reckless reserve as a sophomore to a national star as a junior. He's also the leader of Louisville's pressure defense, racking up a team-high 38 steals.
Doug McDermott
Creighton Bluejays, Jr.
22.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 49.3% threes
The son of Bluejays coach Greg McDermott is the nation's best inside-out scoring threat. Doug shoots 57.8 percent inside the arc by using quick, craft moves in the post; and makes 49.3 percent of his threes, forcing opposing power forwards to chase him well outside the arc.
Mason Plumlee
Duke Blue Devils, Sr.
17.7 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 61.6 FG%
His senior-year star turn has powered the Blue Devils to a 15-0 start and No. 1 ranking. By becoming a respectable free-throw shooter -- and prolific whistle-drawer -- Plumlee is now the centerpiece of Duke's offense. He also happens to be the most dominant rebounder in the ACC.
Jeff Withey
Kansas Jayhawks, Sr.
13.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.1 bpg
The senior 7-footer is a peerless defensive game-changer. Withey leads the country in blocks per game, block percentage (18.9) and blocks per foul (4.2) ... and therefore it's no surprise that the Jayhawks hold opponents to a nation-low 37.3 percent shooting from inside the arc.
Second Team
C.J. McCollum
Lehigh Mountain Hawks, Sr.
23.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 51.6% threes
The Mountain Hawks' star was leading the nation in scoring (at 25.7 ppg) entering a Jan. 5 game at VCU -- in which he broke his left foot and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks. While there's no chance he'll be an end-of-season All-American, his non-conference work was well-deserving of midseason honors.
Michael Carter-Williams
Syracuse Orange, Soph.
12.0 ppg, 9.6 apg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 spg
Carter-Williams' takeover of the Orange's point-guard gig has been a hit: He leads the nation in assists per game and is also the steals leader (with 51) of the No. 2-most efficient defense. Syracuse's offense has been so dependent on him that he assists on 47.4 percent of his teammates' field goals.
Anthony Bennett
UNLV Runnin' Rebels, Fr.
19.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 55.8 FG%
The lone freshman who's been more valuable than McLemore, Bennett is an ultra-versatile scoring power forward with the ability to knock down threes and as well as throw down thundering putback dunks. UNLV's route to winning a tough Mountain West race will be by showcasing him even more in its offense.
Jack Cooley
Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Sr.
15.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 61.3% FGs
Cooley leads the nation in offensive rebounding percentage (22.4) is arguably the most dominant all-around glass-cleaner. His interior toughness is the biggest reason why the Irish are 14-1 and have a shot at challenging favorites Louisville and Syracuse for the last full-Big East title.
Cody Zeller
Indiana Hoosiers, Soph.
16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 62.7 FG%
Zeller may not be as dominant as the preseason hype suggested, but he's playing just as well as he did during his freshman season -- which means he's still one of the top 10 players in the country, and the centerpiece of a top-10 offense. That's All-America-worthy.
Third Team
Brandon Paul
Illinois Fighting Illini, Sr.
18.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.3 apg
The Illini have faded a bit since their 12-0 start, but Paul's senior-year surge deserves recognition. Under new coach John Groce, Paul has improved his shot selection to the degree that he's now a 50-plus percent shooter (50.5) from inside the arc for the first time in his career.
Phil Pressey
Missouri Tigers, Jr.
13.6 ppg, 7.6 apg, 2.2:1 assist/turnover ratio
Pressey has made do with an all-new supporting cast and is still generating high-quality scoring looks for the 12-2 Tigers. He's already had three double-dight assist games, and his 19-point, 19-assist effort in an overtime loss to UCLA on Dec. 28 is the highest single-game assist total of this season.
Ben McLemore
Kansas Jayhawks, Fr.
16.9 ppg, 5.3 prg, 45.9% threes
The start of McLemore's college career was delayed when he didn't qualify academically last season, but he's made up for lost time by emerging as a go-to scorer for the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. His 6-of-6 on threes, 7-of-7 on free throws, 33-point performance against Iowa State on Wednesday was a tour de force.
Seth Curry
Duke Blue Devils, Sr.
16.0 ppg, 41.3% threes
The Blue Devils' top outside threat has battled through a shin injury to deliver clutch performances in some of their biggest games. He's thriving in an off-the-ball role as a senior, and after sitting out a transfer season during Duke's last title run, looks poised to finally chase one of his own.
Mike Muscala
Bucknell Bison, Sr.
19.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 2.4 bpg
Muscala was the best big man on the floor in the Bison's near-upset of Missouri on Jan. 5, scoring 25 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. He also happens to be the best small-school center in the country, and could be a potential breakout star in the NCAA tournament.
Freshman Team
Marcus Smart
Oklahoma State
14.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.8 apg
Smart's arrival has turned the Cowboys from a team with an NIT ceiling into an NCAA tournament hopeful. He's a heady leader who finishes well around the rim (shooting 52.5 percent on twos), and if he ever develops a consistent outside shot (he's hitting at a 29.5 percent from beyond the arc), he'll be a National Player of the Year candidate.
Archie Goodwin
15.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.8 apg
Goodwin has established himself as the best all-around player on a Wildcats roster loaded with talent. He was forced into a primary ballhandling role while Ryan Harrow missed a series of games, and should be poised for a big SEC campaign at his more natural position of shooting guard.
Ben McLemore
16.9 ppg, 5.3 prg, 45.9% threes
KU coach Bill Self said McLemore sometimes struggled to assert himself early on this season, but if his 33-point game against Iowa State on Wednesday was any indication, he's finally getting acclimated to a starring role.
Shabazz Muhammad
19.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 48.6% threes
Muhammad was suspended for the Bruins' first three games, and then needed a few weeks to get fully healthy and conditioned for college hoops -- but since mid-December he's been a dominant scorer, putting up 20-plus points in five of his past six appearances. If he continues at this pace and UCLA challenges for the Pac-12 title, he'll appear on the normal All-America teams.
Anthony Bennett
UNLV Runnin' Rebels
19.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 55.8 FG%
Bennett was the seventh-ranked overall recruit in the Class of 2012, but he's been the most productive overall player thus far, and was a recruiting coup for UNLV coach Dave Rice -- even if the Canadian phenom only stays for one season.

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