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Vitale's preseason All-Americans

Updated: October 18, 2010, 11:17 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

It is summertime, baby, but I am still looking ahead to the college hoops season. So let's talk about my first- and second-team preseason All-Americans. Remember, when I do my preseason teams, I do not include diaper dandies. I want them to prove themselves at the collegiate level first!

The crème de la crème for the upcoming season is led by Duke's Kyle Singler. He made a great move by turning down the lure of the NBA green for a shot at winning back-to-back championships.

With Purdue's Robbie Hummel suffering a season-ending ACL tear, Matt Painter will look to All-Solid Gold first-team performer JaJuan Johnson to carry the Boilermakers.

Taking Hummel's spot on the first team is Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen. The dynamic Pullen is joined in the backcourt by Jimmer Fredette of BYU and Malcolm Delaney of Virginia Tech. Delaney averaged a team-high 20.2 points for the Hokies last season and Fredette pulled out of the NBA draft in hopes that he can lead the Cougars back to the NCAA tourney.

Keep an eye on Trey Thompkins of Georgia. He should have a super season leading my second team. Kansas' Marcus Morris will be asked to do more now that Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich are gone. Lastly, Kalin Lucas and Nolan Smith would form an unstoppable duo in my second-team backcourt.

Editor's note: Dickie V's third-, fourth- and fifth-team All-Americans were featured here.

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.