The 2022-23 college basketball season is right around the corner and the Associated Press released its preseason All-American team on Monday. The list includes Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe, Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, North Carolina forward Armando Bacot, Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Houston guard Marcus Sasser.
BREAKING: Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky and Gonzaga's Drew Timme are unanimous selections to The Associated Press preseason All-America team. For the full team: https://t.co/kp3ujfwpIG pic.twitter.com/Z8QlJgmwqI— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 24, 2022
Tshiebwe was the consensus national player of the year last season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.1 rebounds for the Wildcats as a junior for the Wildcats. He opted to forego the NBA Draft and return for his senior season, becoming the first AP national player of the year to return for another year since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough did it in 2009.
Timme returns to Gonzaga as a two-time consensus All-American and will try to help the Pacific Northwest powerhouse finally get over the hump and win a national championship. The senior forward averaged 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for the Bulldogs a year ago.
Bacot took a step forward and averaged a double-double during North Carolina’s run to the national championship game a season ago. Meanwhile, Jackson-Davis and Sasser are also looking to put together solid senior campaigns and improve their stock for the 2023 NBA Draft.
Drew Timme is the current frontrunner to win the John Wooden with +650 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook. Tshiebwe sits just behind him at +750 with Bacot following suit at +900.