TUCSON, Ariz. ?C?Two University of Arizona menˇ?s basketball players were honored with preseason All-America honors by the collegehoops.net website.
Chase Budinger was named a first-team All-American, while Bayless was tabbed a second-team all-Freshman pick.
Budinger, a 6-foot-7, 203-pound sophomore forward from Encinitas, Calif., averaged 15.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 31 appearances last season. He shot 48.5 percent (176-of-363) from the field and a led the team with 50 three-point field goals (.368 percentage). He had 26 double-figure scoring games to his credit in 2006-07 and posted five double-doubles. Budinger was the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
Bayless, a 6-foot-3, 199-pound freshman guard from Phoenix, Ariz., averaged 33.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game last year at St. Maryˇ?s High School. He was the Gatorade state player of the year as a junior and senior, a four-time first-team all-state selection and a McDonaldˇ?s All-American. Bayless was rated as the No. 13 overall prospect in the nation by rivals.com.
Budinger, Bayless and their Wildcat teammates open the 2007-08 season on Tue., Nov. 13, against Northern Arizona. Tip-off in McKale Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. MST and will be televised on FSN Arizona.
collegehoops.net Preseason Honors
?First Team All-American
G. Sean Singletary, SR, Virginia
G. Chris Lofton, SR, Tennessee
F. Chase Budinger, SO, Arizona
F. Tyler Hansbrough, JR, North Carolina
C. Roy Hibbert, SR, Georgetown
?Second Team All-American
G. Darren Collison, JR, UCLA
G. Drew Neitzel, SR, Michigan State
G. Brandon Rush, JR, Kansas
F. DJ White, SR, Indiana
C. Brook Lopez, SO, Stanford?
Third Team All-American
G. DJ Augustin, SO, Texas
G. Chris Douglas-Roberts, JR, Memphis
G. Jamont Gordon, JR, Mississippi State
F. Brandon Costner, SO, NC State
F. Michael Beasley, FR, Kansas State
First Team All-Freshman
Derrick Rose, G, Memphis
Eric Gordon, G, Indiana
OJ Mayo, G, USC
Michael Beasley, F, Kansas State
Kevin Love, C, UCLA
Second Team All-Freshman
Jerryd Bayless, G, Arizona
James Harden, G, Arizona State
Kyle Singler, F, Duke
Donte Greene, F, Syracuse
Patrick Patterson, F, Kentucky
Third Team All-Freshman
Jonny Flynn, G, Syracuse
Austin Freeman, G, Georgetown
Anthony Randolph, F, LSU
DeAndre Jordan, F, Texas A&M
Kosta Koufos, C, Ohio State