Tuesday, April 12
It’s never to early to look ahead, and that is just what college basketball analyst and enthusiast, Dick Vitale does here. He has already selected his “All Rolls Royce Teams” for next season. (This is his distinction for All Americans.) Both Daniel Gibson and PJ Tucker can be found as third team selections. This is high and fitting praise for each of them. Gibson was everyone’s national freshman of the year this past season and Tucker, when on the court, is as big a matchup problem as anyone in the country. Both should challenge for first team all Big 12 selections. As detailed earlier in this blog, Texas should start next season as a top 10 club. Both Oklahoma State and Kansas will be in “rebuilding years” after losing multiple seniors each. Oklahoma on the other hand will return all five starters and will challenge Texas for Big 12 supremacy. Yes, we ended on a down note that should not be forgotten, but the future is bright and Dickie V knows it. Texas will most likely start four McDonald’s All Americans next season with Gibson and incoming McDonald’s selection CJ Miles in the backcourt and LaMarcus Aldridge and Brad Buckman banging down low. Our only starter not touted with McDonald’s honors will be Tucker. Those five look very formidable. The bench will be decent with an improving Mike Williams to help with front court foul problems, Dion Dowell on the wing, and Kenton Paulino and freshman AJ Abrahams to help with tiring guards. These stars will shine brightly next fall.