- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 11, 2008

G Stephen Curry, Davidson

Can he do it again? Anyone doubting Curry’s pure shooting ability need only pop in tape of last year’s postseason upsets of Gonzaga, Georgetown and Wisconsin. He will have his chances early — and possibly late — to display how well his talents are suited to point guard. As long as the rest of the Wildcats continue to set screens relentlessly, Curry should enjoy another monster year.

G Darren Collison, UCLA

Last seen getting schooled by Derrick Rose at the Final Four, Collison returns for a fourth chance to succeed on the sport’s biggest stage. Despite his team’s struggles in the national semifinals the past two years, Collison remains an ideal college point guard. He will be surrounded with plenty of youth, so he will be counted upon if the Bruins are to make another deep run.

G James Harden, Arizona State

This is no misprint. The bulky Harden is an impressive multifaceted player, a prolific scorer who can rebound, create havoc on defense and make the perfect pass when needed. Without him, the Sun Devils would be fortunate to find themselves in the postseason discussion. He might be the national MVP and is in store for a spectacular season in the desert.

F Blake Griffin, Oklahoma

Griffin made a greater impact on the Sooners than any freshman to roll through Norman since Wayman Tisdale, which is high praise. He’s a strong interior player who figures to be the best post player outside of Chapel Hill, N.C., and chances are good he will be a top-five pick in June’s NBA Draft. A window is open for the Sooners; they would be smart to take advantage of it.

C Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina

Even if he wasn’t really the nation’s best player last year — by nearly every measure, Michael Beasley was — Hansbrough is still an exceptional player. If the stress reaction in his shin doesn’t keep him out long, he’s the safest bet on this list to make the actual All-America team. When healthy, he’s a near automatic 20-and-10. If he’s slow to recover, bump Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody into this spot.

Second team

G Ty Lawson, North Carolina

G Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin

F Tyler Smith, Tennessee

F Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

C Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut

Third team

G Patrick Mills, St. Mary’s

G Tyrese Rice, Boston College

G Jack McClinton, Miami

F Terrence Williams, Louisville

F Damion James, Texas

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