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So who didn’t vote Cody Zeller a preseason all-american?

Oct 29, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

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The AP released their Preseason All-American team on Monday, and none of the names on the list should come as a surprise to you.

Indiana’s Cody Zeller was the leading vote-getter, which shouldn’t come as a surprise as he is generally thought of as the consensus Preseason Player of the Year. Here’s the team in its entirety, with the number of votes out of 65 in parentheses:

Cody Zeller, So., Indiana (64)
Doug McDermott, Jr., Creighton (62)
Isaiah Canaan, Sr., Murray State (43)
Deshaun Thomas, Jr., Ohio State (26)
(tie) CJ McCollum, Sr., Lehigh (16)
(tie) Trey Burke, So., Michigan (16)

The talking point here is that three of the six players that were named Preseason All-Americans are from conferences a long way from the BCS. Creighton plays in the Missouri Valley, Murray State resides in the Ohio Valley, and CJ McCollum plays in the lowly Patriot League. That’s pretty incredible.

It’s also pretty impressive to think that there was only one power conference — the Big Ten — that produced a player on this list.

What I want to know, however, is who left Zeller off their ballot? One person did, and I hope they fess up, because I’d love to know how they can possibly justify leaving the player that just about everyone else thinks is the best in the country. Because from where I’m sitting, it makes absolutely no sense.

Anyway, here are all of the other players that received votes for the first-team:

Kenny Boynton, Florida; Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State; Solomon Hill, Arizona; Pierre Jackson, Baylor; C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State; James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina; Tony Mitchell, North Texas; Mike Moser, UNLV; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Nerlens Noel, Kentucky; Otto Porter, Georgetown; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Peyton Siva, Louisville; Michael Snaer, Florida State; Jeff Withey, Kansas.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Oct 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Great question Rob. My guess…the person will not admit he left him off the list.

    • buckeyes3 - Oct 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

      He actually did admit it, and wrote an article about it for his personal justification. (Think he did this on purpose,or is that just my thinking?). He can write about his feelings and thoughts all he wants, I doubt he’ s convincing anyone but himself. Anyways, the link is attached.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

        Thanks for the link Buckeye! The dude never actually gave a reason.
        I think you are right. He wrote the article for personal justification.
        I wonder how big of an idiot he felt like when he saw he was 1 of 64 people to leave him off?
        I have my own suspicions for why he left him off the list. But that’s for another topic I suppose.
        Thanks again for the link Man!
        Please know it pangs me to say this…but not all OSU fans are bad people. Hahaha!

  2. florida727 - Oct 29, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Of the 17 players “receiving votes”, only 2 are from non-power conferences, San Diego State and North Texas. No offense to McCollum, Canaan or McDermott, but night-in, night-out unless they’re proving themselves against elite competition (read: the so-called power conferences), their labeling as first-team All-Americans is questionable in my opinion. Anybody can get up for one game. Do it over the course of a conference schedule like what they have in the Big East, the Big 12, the Big Ten, or the SEC… THEN come back and tell me you’re an All-American.

    • psdad - Oct 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      @ florida
      I guess your too young to remember the last time Florida played Creighton…
      Go Jays

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