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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:


Law was second in the Big 12 in scoring and third in assists per game. He led the Aggies to the best record in school history while earning a reputation as one of the nation's best clutch performers. How reliable was Law at crunch time? Consider that he averaged 6.9 points and shot 65.9 percent in the last four minutes of Big 12 games.

Acie Law's video highlights

LAW'S SEASON AVERAGES
PTS REB AST FG% 3PT%
18.1 3.3 5.0 50.0 45.8


This fifth-year senior ended his career as Wisconsin's career leader in points (2,217), games played (134), starts (126), minutes played (4,297), field goals (798), free throws (520) and free-throw attempts (716). Tucker closed his brilliant career by setting the Badgers' single-season record for points.

Alando Tucker's video highlights

TUCKER'S SEASON AVERAGES
PTS REB AST FG% STL
19.9 5.4 2.0 47.0 0.9


Durant ranked fourth in the nation in scoring and rebounding, which made him the nation's only player to finish in the top 10 in both categories. Durant set a Big 12 scoring record and a school rebounding record. He had the second-highest point total and third-highest rebound total of any freshman in history.

Kevin Durant's video highlights

DURANT'S SEASON AVERAGES
PTS REB 3PT% BLK STL
25.8 11.1 40.4 1.9 1.9


Only four players in ACC history have scored more points in their first two seasons than Hansbrough. Perhaps the nation's most consistent big man, he already has 15 career double-doubles. He ranked fourth in the ACC in scoring, second in rebounds, fifth in field goal percentage and ninth in free-throw percentage.

Tyler Hansbrough's video highlights

HANSBROUGH'S SEASON AVERAGES
PTS REB FG% FT% STL
18.4 7.9 52.5 76.8 1.1


One of the most-hyped recruits in recent memory managed to live up to his considerable billing, despite playing all season with an injured right wrist. Oden has proved he can score, but he's made his name on defense. The Big Ten tournament MVP has blocked at least one shot in every game this season.

Greg Oden's video highlights

ODEN'S SEASON AVERAGES
PTS REB FG% FT% BLK
15.4 9.5 61.6 63.6 3.3

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