Preseason 2004-05 ALL-ROLLS-ROYCE Teams | November 2004
Here are my updated preseason All-Rolls-Royce teams, baby! I first chose my All-Rolls-Royce teams in July with the idea that things might change as the season got closer. It wasn't easy picking these squads, and I'm sure there will be lots of debating. Without further ado...
All-Rolls-Royce SUPER SIX First Team
Point guard -- Raymond Felton | North Carolina | 6-1 | Junior
My first team is dynamite, dominated by an All-ACC backcourt. At the point is the wizardry of Tar Heels star Raymond Felton. Hey, everybody loves Raymond, baby! He is so creative and innovative, and I believe he'll have a phenomenal season. Felton has improved his perimeter game, and within coach Roy Williams' system he'll be ready to explode.
Swing guard -- Julius Hodge | NC State | 6-6 | Senior
NC State was thrilled when Julius Hodge decided to return to college for his senior season instead of opting for the NBA draft.
Hodge is multidimensional and can play almost anywhere on the court. His love for the college game is evident.
Combo guard -- Chris Paul | Wake Forest | 6-0 | Sophomore
Chris Paul was a diaper dandy last year, and he'll be even better with a year under his belt.
He has penetration ability and he loves to have the ball in crucial situations. He also isn't afraid to take the big shot in crunch time.
Swing forward -- Hakim Warrick | Syracuse | 6-8 | Senior
Coach Jim Boeheim and Syracuse had to be ecstatic when Hakim Warrick decided to return to college as well.
Warrick brings that feathery jump shot, offensive-rebounding skill and shot-blocking talent. Warrick should have a big year in the Big East.
Power forward -- Lawrence Roberts | Mississippi State | 6-9 | Senior
Down in the SEC, Lawrence Roberts thought seriously about the NBA draft. When he found out his draft status wasn't to his liking, he opted to return to Starkville, pleasing coach Rick Stansbury. This power guy on the interior was the first Mississippi State player to average a double-double in over two decades! He's a physical force around the basket.
Center -- Wayne Simien | Kansas | 6-9 | Senior
Rounding out my Super Six is Wayne Simien of Kansas.
He can play both power forward and center, and he's extremely aggressive inside, whether he's rebounding or scoring. Simien is so strong and has a great work ethic.
All-Rolls-Royce Second Team
Point guard -- Chris Thomas | Notre Dame | 6-1 | Senior
Swing guard -- Rashad McCants | North Carolina | 6-4 | Junior
Swing forward -- Francisco Garcia | Louisville | 6-7 | Junior
Power forward -- Ryan Gomes | Providence | 6-7 | Senior
Center -- Shelden Williams | Duke | 6-9 | Junior
All-Rolls-Royce Third Team
Point guard -- John Gilchrist | Maryland | 6-3 | Junior
Swing guard -- J.J. Redick | Duke | 6-4 | Junior
Swing forward -- Keith Langford | Kansas | 6-4 | Senior
Power forward -- Ike Diogu | Arizona State | 6-8 | Junior
Center -- Channing Frye | Arizona | 6-11 | Senior
All-Rolls-Royce Fourth Team
Point guard -- John Lucas Jr. | Oklahoma State | 5-11 | Senior
Swing guard -- Gerry McNamara | Syracuse | 6-2 | Junior
Swing forward -- Kennedy Winston | Alabama | 6-6 | Junior
Power forward -- Ronny Turiaf | Gonzaga | 6-10 | Senior
Center -- Luke Schenscher | Georgia Tech | 7-1 | Senior
All-Rolls-Royce Fifth Team
Point guard -- Jarrett Jack | Georgia Tech | 6-3 | Junior
Swing guard -- Bracey Wright | Indiana | 6-3 | Junior
Swing forward -- Sean Banks | Memphis | 6-8 | Sophomore
Power forward -- Craig Smith | Boston College | 6-7 | Junior
Center -- Paul Davis | Michigan State | 6-11 | Junior
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