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March 26, 2007
Rivals.com All-America Team: First team
We're kind of married to our selections for the 2007 Rivals.com College Basketball All-America teams.
After all, they feature something old (five seniors), something new (three freshmen), something borrowed (Vanderbilt's Derrick Byars transferred from Virginia a few years ago) and something blue (Carolina Blue counts, right?).
Thanks to the NBA closing its ranks to players immediately out of high school, this year ushers in a new era for All-America teams everywhere. You're likely to see freshmen become a staple on them, and our first team features two of the most precocious youngsters ever to hit the college hardwood in Texas forward Kevin Durant and Ohio State center Greg Oden.
Hyped aplenty coming in, each more than lived up to expectations. Durant set a Big 12 single-season scoring record. Oden led the Big Ten in rebounding and blocks and propelled his team deep into the NCAA Tournament.
Not that seniors still don't have some say about what goes on on the court. All five seniors selected to the Rivals All-America teams were among our first- and second-teamers.
The SEC produced the most players on our teams with five, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with three apiece. Only Ohio State (Oden and Mike Conley Jr.) and Florida (Al Horford and Joakim Noah) had more than one player on our teams.
Here are the 2007 Rivals.com College Basketball All-America teams: