Commentary

Dickie V.'s All-Solid Gold Teams

Updated: October 13, 2008, 11:14 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The season is right around the corner and I can't wait, baby! It should be super, scintillating and sensational. Recently I have been thinking about the crème de la crème, the best of the best for the upcoming campaign. In other words: which guys deserve the preseason accolades by making my All-Solid Gold squads.

My friends, it is important to remember that the preseason list doesn't prove very much. The idea is to make it on the postseason squad after accomplishing great things during the 2008-09 season. These are simply my opinions based mainly on things I saw a season ago. Sometimes my views are based on potential, potential, potential, and things don't always work out the way they are planned. However, I did not put any diaper dandies on the squad. I want to see what they do on the court before they get credited big-time!

It is time to unveil my teams and the honorable mention selections:

DICKIE V.'s 2008-09 PRESEASON ALL-SOLID GOLD TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

  • C-Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina
  • F-Luke Harangody, Notre Dame
  • F-Chase Budinger, Arizona
  • G-Stephen Curry, Davidson
  • G-Darren Collison, UCLA

SECOND TEAM

  • C-Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut
  • F-Tyler Smith, Tennessee
  • F-Damion James, Texas
  • G-Ty Lawson, North Carolina
  • G-A.J. Abrams, Texas

THIRD TEAM

  • C-DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh
  • F-Patrick Patterson, Kentucky
  • F-Blake Griffin, Oklahoma
  • G-Tyrese Rice, Boston College
  • G-James Harden, Arizona State
FOURTH TEAM
  • C-A.J. Ogilvy, Vanderbilt
  • F-Sam Young, Pittsburgh
  • F-Jon Brockman, Washington
  • G-Wayne Ellington, North Carolina
  • G-Dominic James, Marquette
FIFTH TEAM
  • C-Earl Clark, Louisville
  • F-Gerald Henderson, Duke
  • F-Robbie Hummel, Purdue
  • G-A.J. Price, Connecticut
  • G-Jack McClinton, Miami-Florida

HONORABLE MENTION: Others who could earn postseason All-America honors. They are talented and capable of making a splash:

  • Jeff Adrien, Connecticut
  • Derrick Brown, Xavier
  • Nick Calathes, Florida
  • Dionte Christmas, Temple
  • Sherron Collins, Kansas
  • Brandon Costner, N.C. State
  • Lee Cummard, BYU
  • Austin Daye, Gonzaga
  • LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
  • Jonny Flynn, Syracuse
  • Alonzo Gee, Alabama
  • Taj Gibson, USC
  • Manny Harris, Michigan
  • Josh Heytvelt, Gonzaga
  • Stefon Jackson, UTEP
  • Curtis Jerrells, Baylor
  • James Johnson, Wake Forest
  • Marcus Landry, Wisconsin
  • Kalin Lucas, Michigan State
  • Eric Maynor, VCU
  • Kyle McAlarney, Notre Dame
  • Geoff McDermott, Providence
  • Jerel McNeal, Marquette
  • Patrick Mills, St. Mary's
  • Tasmin Mitchell, LSU
  • E'Twaun Moore, Purdue
  • Raymar Morgan, Michigan State
  • Luke Nevill, Utah
  • Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga
  • Jeff Pendergraph, Arizona State
  • TaJuan Porter, Oregon
  • Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
  • K.C. Rivers, Clemson
  • Diamon Simpson, St. Mary's
  • Kyle Singler, Duke
  • Edgar Sosa, Louisville
  • Ronald Steele, Alabama
  • Robert Vaden, UAB
  • Greivis Vasquez, Maryland
  • Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State
  • Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati
  • Terence Williams, Louisville

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.