Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Labissiere, Murray Named Preseason All-Americans by CBS Sports; Wiltjer Tabbed as Player of the Year

Kentucky freshmen Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray have been recognized as preseason All-Americans by

Former UK forward Kyle Wiltjer is the preseason national player of the year.


KYLE WILTJER Gonzaga Bulldogs | Senior | Forward


KRIS DUNN Providence Friars | Junior | Guard

BUDDY HIELD Oklahoma Sooners | Senior | Guard

BEN SIMMONS LSU Tigers | Freshman | Forward

KYLE WILTJER Gonzaga Bulldogs | Senior | Forward

Comment: Wiltjer is the CBS Sports Preseason National Player of the Year based on the fact that he's a statistical star on a team with a reasonable shot at another Elite Eight or, perhaps, even the Final Four. The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds last season for a 35-win team. He shot 54.0 percent from the field and 46.6 percent from 3-point range.

SKAL LABISSIERE Kentucky Wildcats | Freshman | Forward

Comment: Labissiere is now projected by most to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft because of a unique skill set for a player his size. He's a 6-foot-11 forward who is comfortable away from the basket. The only question is whether barely playing competitive basketball for the past two years will hinder him in some way.


JAMAL MURRAY Kentucky Wildcats Freshman | Guard
Comment: Murray scored 30 points in the Nike Hoop Summit, then put 22 on Team USA (while playing for Team Canada) in the Pan Am Games. Consequently, the 6-foot-4 guard is now a projected lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and his ability to play multiple positions will give John Calipari options in the backcourt.

MELO TRIMBLE Maryland Terrapins Sophomore | Guard

MALCOLM BROGDON Virginia Cavaliers Senior | Guard

GEORGES NIANG Iowa State Cyclones Senior | Forward

NIGEL HAYES Wisconsin Badgers Junior | Forward

Complete All-America Teams

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