Usually it’s not nearly this difficult to come up with picks for preseason All-America teams and national player of the year. Maybe it’s because nearly all the top players in the country from a season ago either graduated (i.e., Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier and Russ Smith) or left early for the NBA draft (i.e., Jabari Parker, Nik Stauskas and Nick Johnson).
The incoming freshman class didn’t come in with the same juice as the Class of 2013, which boasted Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle.
That makes for no shortage of uncertainty when it comes to trying to predict a 2014-15 All-America squad. But that's not going to stop me. Here are my first-, second- and third-team All-Americans, along with a mid-major All-America squad. I'll start things off with my picks for player, freshman and coach of the year