In a season where so little of what we thought would happen actually came to fruition, it's only right that SB Nation's Preseason Player of the Year received exactly zero postseason All-American votes. That would be Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, who headlined the team voted on by the managers of SB Nation's team sites back in November.
That same group of wonderful people voted on the teams below, which do not include Smart, but do include preseason first-teamers Doug McDermott and Russ Smith. They also include a pair of first-team honorees who did not receive a single vote on any team before the start of the season.
Again, everyone has been wrong about everything all season long, which is why these next three weeks are going to be so exciting. Before getting to that, however, let's honor the players (and the coach) who have done it the best over the past four months.
SB NATION ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
Doug McDermott, SR, F, Creighton
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McDermott, who was tabbed as the Player of the Year by each member of our voting panel, is about to cap one of the best college careers of all-time. He became the eighth player in Division-I history to score 3,000 career points in the final game of Creighton's regular season, and will enter the NCAA Tournament as the nation's leading scorer. There's only one major accomplishment still on his college to-do list: lead the Bluejays into the second weekend of the big dance.
Jabari Parker, FR, F, Duke
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While McDermott has seemed to be playing college basketball since the Clinton administration, the only other unanimous selection to the first-team is a freshman. Jabari Parker began his college career by becoming the first player in Division-I history to score 20 or more points in his first seven games. He ended the regular season on a similarly high note, posting six straight double-doubles, including a 30-point, 11-rebound performance against North Carolina in the regular-season finale. Parker then proceeded to average 20.3 points in three ACC Tournament games.
Russ Smith, SR, G, Louisville
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"Russdiculous" has cut out many of the reckless aspects of his game that first earned him that nickname, while still keeping the good stuff that helped Louisville cut down the nets in Atlanta last April. He is again the leading scorer for the Cardinals at 18.3 points per game, but is also averaging a career-best 4.7 assists per game, a full 1.8 more than a season ago. Smith also gets it done on the other end of the court, where he is one steal away from becoming Louisville's all-time leader.
Sean Kilpatrick, SR, G, Cincinnati
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If there were a Most Valuable Player award in college basketball, it's hard to imagine someone other than Kilpatrick winning it. No team is more reliant on one player more than Cincinnati is on its senior star. Kilpatrick led the American Athletic Conference in scoring at 20.7 points per game, in addition to averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals. Those numbers come despite playing for a Bearcat team that wins with defense, and which ranks just 226nd in the nation in points per game (69.1).
Nick Johnson, JR, G, Arizona
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The Pac-12 Player of the Year led Arizona in scoring at 16.1 points per game, while also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists. Johnson also earned a reputation for being one of the nation's best defenders, often drawing the task of defending his opponents' top perimeter threat. He'll lead the Wildcats into the NCAA Tournament as one of the big dance's four No. 1 seeds.
SB NATION ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM
Shabazz Napier, SR, G, Connecticut
Cleanthony Early, SR, F, Wichita State
Melvin Ejim, SR, F, Iowa State
Casey Prather, SR, F, Florida
Andrew Wiggins, FR, F, Kansas
SB NATION ALL-AMERICA THIRD TEAM
Fred VanVleet, SO, G, Wichita State
Kyle Anderson, SO, G, UCLA
T.J. Warren, SO, F, North Carolina State
Joel Embiid, FR, C, Kansas
SB NATION PLAYER OF THE YEARDoug McDermott, Creighton
SB NATION FRESHMAN OF THE YEARJabari Parker, Duke
SB NATION COACH OF THE YEARGregg Marshall, Wichita State
SB NATION ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTION
Xavier Thames, San Diego State
Alan Williams, UCSB
DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
Nic Stauskas, Michigan
Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico
Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Scottie Wilbekin, Florida
Bryce Cotton, Providence
Jordan, McRae, Tennessee
Juwan Staten, West Virginia
Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Rodney Hood, Duke
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Aaron Gordon, Arizona