Oklahoma's Buddy Hield, Michigan State's Denzel Valentine and North Carolina's Brice Johnson, all seniors, lead Sports Illustrated's 2015–16 college basketball All-America team.
In this odd season of top-of-the-poll turnover, one trend has remained steady: This year has been the seniors’ turn in the spotlight. A mix of prominent returnees and a relatively disappointing freshman class has led to many of college basketball’s elder statesmen dominating both on the court and in the conversation for the nation's best players. SI’s All-America voting certainly reflects as much, with six of the 10 spots going to fourth-year players. That number includes the first team’s two unanimous selections—Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine—as well as North Carolina forward Brice Johnson, who fell one vote shy of the same distinction. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t also room for a trio of sophomore studs and a freshman whose name we seem likely to be hearing for a long time to come.
Players are listed in order of votes received. An asterisk indicates a unanimous selection.
Kay Felder, Oakland; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Josh Hart, Villanova; Georges Niang, Iowa State; Marcus Paige, North Carolina; Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga; Melo Trimble, Maryland; Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa.