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Preseason All-Solid Gold Teams

Updated: October 8, 2013, 10:37 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Doug McDermottJohn S. Peterson/Icon SMICreighton's Doug McDermott set school single-season and career records for points, field goals and three-point percentage.

As I prepare for another season of college basketball, I am thrilled and excited to present my All-Solid Gold preseason hoop squad.

My friends, this is the crème de la crème going into the season. The key is to make the best list at the end of the campaign.

I never put diaper dandies on my preseason teams. Let guys like Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Julius Randle of Kentucky and Jabari Parker of Duke put on the collegiate uniform before they get placed on a pedestal. I remember when Harrison Barnes was a freshman, he was put on the AP preseason All-America first team. That was too much pressure to perform before he ever stepped on a college court.

This group would be tough to beat if they ever took the floor together. There were some very good players left off my second and third teams, but they will have a chance to prove themselves during the season.

Here we go ...

All stats from 2012-13 season.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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