Senior forward Kyle Wiltjer (Gonzaga) and freshman forward Ben Simmons (LSU) lead SI.com's preseason All-America team.
One is a former Kentucky Wildcat who made a splash when he became a Gonzaga Bulldog and could lead the nation in scoring this year. Another is a freshman who spurned blue-chip programs to commit to LSU instead, possibly only for a year before he heads to the NBA. Another is the reigning Big 12 player of the year, a prolific scorer who might be even better as a defender. Two others are seniors, for North Carolina and Iowa State, respectively, trying to reach a Final Four in their last opportunity. Together they are the first-team selections for SI.com's preseason All-America team.
Wiltjer is the only unanimous first-team pick from our panel of writers and editors, which included senior writers Seth Davis and Luke Winn; staff writers Brian Hamilton and Lindsay Schnell; writer-reporter Dan Greene; senior editor Ted Keith; producers David Gardner and Peter Bukowski; and contributing writers Zac Ellis, Will Green, Chris Johnson and Jeremy Woo. (NOTE: Players are listed in order of votes received.)