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Super Seven players (by conference)

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Oct. 31, 2005

It is time to identify the top players in each of the top conferences across America. Here is my preseason Super Seven (by conference) for the 2005-06 season. From the ACC to the All-WAC, baby!

ALL-ACC SUPER SEVEN
Guillermo Diaz, G --Miami-Florida
Jared Dudley , F --Boston College
Justin Gray, G --Wake Forest
J.J. Redick, --Duke
Craig Smith, F --Boston College
Eric Williams , C --Wake Forest
Shelden Williams, F-C --Duke

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: J.J. Redick, Duke
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Josh McRoberts, Duke

COMMENTS: The addition of Boston College to the ACC impacts this group as Smith and Dudley will be tough to stop. Redick and Shelden Williams are the nation's premier 1-2 punch. McRoberts gets the nod as top newcomer over teammate Greg Paulus, but that's like 1 and 1A, baby!

ALL-ATLANTIC 10 SUPER SEVEN
Stanley Burrell, G --Xavier
Mardy Collins, G --Temple
Bryant Dunston, F --Fordham
Rashaun Freeman, F --Massachusetts
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, F --George Washington
Steven Smith , C-F --LaSalle
Curtis Withers, F --Charlotte

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mardy Collins, Temple
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: D'Angelo Alexander, Charlotte (transfer from Oklahoma)

COMMENTS: Tough call for POY between Collins and Withers. Seven players representing seven different schools on my Super Seven. This league will be tough as it pushes to get as many as four NCAA berths to the big dance.

ALL-BIG EAST SUPER SEVEN
Josh Boone, F-C --Connecticut
Taquan Dean , G --Louisville
Rudy Gay, F --Connecticut
Carl Krauser, G --Pittsburgh
Gerry McNamara, G --Syracuse
Allan Ray, G --Villanova
Daryll Hill, G --St.John's

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gerry McNamara, Syracuse
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Eric Devendorf, Syracuse

COMMENTS: There were a number of talented players competing for the seven spots. Guys like Brandon Bowman of Georgetown, James White and Eric Hicks of Cincinnati and Quincy Douby of Rutgers could compete for league honors this season. The race for Player of the Year will be competitive as well.

ALL-BIG TEN SUPER SEVEN Maurice Ager, G --Michigan State
Dee Brown, G --Illinois
Greg Brunner, F --Iowa
Paul Davis, C --Michigan State
Vincent Grier, G-F --Minnesota
Daniel Horton, G --Michigan
D.J. White, F --Indiana

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dee Brown, Illinois
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Marco Killingsworth, Indiana (transfer from Auburn)

COMMENTS: Some tough calls here. Jeff Horner of Iowa and Carl Landry of Purdue were close to making this list. I'm happy to see Brown back on campus after pulling out of the NBA draft due to a foot injury.

ALL-BIG 12 SUPER SEVEN
Aaron Bruce, G -- Baylor
JamesOn Curry, G --Oklahoma State
Daniel Gibson, G --Texas
Taj Gray, F --Oklahoma
Jarrius Jackson, G --Texas Tech
Curtis Stinson, G --Iowa State
P.J. Tucker, F --Texas

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taj Gray, Oklahoms
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Julian Wright, Kansas

COMMENTS: Bruce is on the list even though Baylor can't play any non-conference games. That tells you how highly I think of the Australian star. Gray, Tucker, Gibson, Stinson and Jackson are all legitimate candidates for the league's POY honors. It is that wide open.

ALL-CONFERENCE USA SUPER SEVEN
Rodney Carney, F --Memphis
Quincy Davis, F-C --Tulane
Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson, G --UAB
Josh Peppers , F --Central Florida
Corey Rouse ,F --East Carolina
Lanny Smith --G --Houston
Darius Washington Jr. , G --Memphis
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rodney Carney, Memphis
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Shawne Williams, Memphis

COMMENTS: SMU's Bryan Hopkins would have made this list if he was eligible at the start of the season; he's not. Carney and Washington are the dominant stars in this conference.

ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST SUPER SEVEN
Tim Drisdom, G -- Utah
Brandon Heath, G -- San Diego State
Bryant Markson, F -- Utah
Nile Murry, G -- TCU
Marcus Slaughter, F -- San Diego State
Mark Walters, G -- New Mexico
Justin Williams. F-C-- Wyoming

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Marcus Slaughter, San Diego State
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Mohamed Abukar, San Diego State (transfer from Florida)

COMMENTS: Air Force forward Nick Welch is out for the season and redshirting, which explains his absence from this team. San Diego State and Utah should battle for conference honors, so it is fitting that each squad has two players on the super seven.

ALL-PAC-10 SUPER SEVEN
Hassan Adams, F-G -- Arizona
Nick Dewitz, F -- Oregon State
Jordan Farmar, G -- UCLA
Malik Hairston, G -- Oregon
Chris Hernandez, G -- Stanford
Leon Powe, F -- California
Brandon Roy, G-F -- Washington

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chris Hernandez, Stanford
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jon Brockman, Washington

COMMENTS: Nice to see Powe back. Hernandez made a good decision by backing out of the NBA draft. Adams should have a big season for Lute Olson's team.

ALL-SEC SUPER SEVEN
Ronnie Brewer, G -- Arkansas
Chuck Davis, F -- Alabama
Glen Davis, F -- LSU
Chris Lofton, G -- Tennessee
Mario Moore, G -- Vanderbilt
Rajon Rondo, G -- Kentucky
Patrick Sparks, G -- Kentucky

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Rajon Rondo
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Richard Hendrix, Alabama

COMMENTS: Rondo will have confidence after playing so well for the USA Men's U-21 team over the summer. Lofton is one of the most underrated players in America. Brewer should lead Arkansas back into the Big Dance.

ALL-WAC SUPER SEVEN
Jaycee Carroll, G -- Utah State
Ja'Vance Coleman, G -- Fresno State
Nick Fazekas, F-C -- Nevada
Nate Harris, F -- Utah State
Coby Karl, G -- Boise State
Paul Millsap, F-C -- Louisiana Tech
Julian Sensley, F -- Hawaii

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nick Fazekas
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Elijah Ingram, New Mexico State

COMMENTS: Fazekas will get some All-America consideration. Millsap is one of the nation's premier rebounders. Harris and Carroll will have an impact in their first season in the WAC.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979. Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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