he National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today the 2012 NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6-10, 220, Freshman, Forward, Chicago, Ill.
Draymond Green, Michigan State, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Saginaw, Mich.
Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6-7, 220, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, 6-10, 237, Junior, Forward, Washington, D.C.
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 280, Sophomore, Forward, Columbus, Ohio
This will certainly be the first of several All American honors that Robinson receives and I might have even missed one that he has already been named to. Either way it was an impressive run for Robinson, one that hasn't ended yet and he still has a huge opportunity in front of him to leave an even bigger mark on Kansas basketball.
Looking at the second and third teams it is interesting that the few guard spots that were handed out, ended up here. The first team is made up almost exclusively of big men with McDermott and Green perhaps being small forward types as opposed to under the basket bigs.
The only other thought I have is that I think without question Tyshawn Taylor earned his way onto this list somewhere and I wonder if his somewhat questionable past in the public eye, specifically social media, played a role in any of this. It shouldn't but I can't help but think it did in some way because in terms of his play on the court, I think he makes a pretty good argument for inclusion on some level.
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, 6-8, 215, Sophomore, Forward, Ames, Iowa
Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 6-3, 185, Senior, Guard, Kansas City, Mo.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia, 6-8, 260, Senior, Forward, Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Kris Joseph, Syracuse, 6-7, 210, Senior, Forward, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, 7-0, 250, Senior, Forward, Washington, Ind.
2012 NABC COACHES' DIVISION I ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6-0, 193, Junior, Guard, Biloxi, Miss.
Jae Crowder, Marquette, 6-6, 235, Senior, Forward, Villa Rica, Ga.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, 6-7, 232, Freshman, Forward, Somerdale, N.J.
Damian Lillard, Weber State, 6-3, 195, Junior, Guard, Oakland Calif.
Austin Rivers, Duke, 6-4, 204, Freshman, Guard, Winter Park, Fla.