SI's preseason All-Americas include returning stars like Duke's Grayson Allen and Villanova's Josh Hart plus uber-talented freshman like Washington's Markelle Fultz.
Sports Illustrated's 2016–17 preview is guided by data from our College Basketball Projection System, a collaboration between economist Dan Hanner and SI's Luke Winn and Jeremy Fuchs. We project teams on a player-by-player, lineup-based level and then simulate the season 10,000 times to generate our 1–351 national rankings and conference forecasts.
These are our picks for first- and second-team All-America, based on the model's projections.
G: Frank Mason, 5' 11", senior, Kansas
G: Dennis Smith Jr., 6' 3", freshman, NC State
F: Alec Peters, 6' 9" senior, Valparaiso
F: Jayson Tatum, 6' 7" freshman, Duke
G: Allonzo Trier, 6' 5", sophomore, Arizona (* if eligible)
G: Maurice Watson Jr., 5' 10", senior, Creighton
G: Jaylen Adams, 6' 2", senior, St. Bonaventure
G: Jack Gibbs, 6-foot, senior, Davidson
G: Melo Trimble, 6' 3", junior, Maryland
F: Trevon Bluiett, 6' 6", junior, Xavier