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Jared Sullinger Leads Sophomore-Heavy Preseason AP All-American Team

Ohio State center Jared Sullinger is the lone unanimous choice on an AP preseason All-American team that features a quartet of sophomores.

The major college basketball story all offseason has been the number of key freshmen who spurned NBA millions in favor of returning to school for another shot at a national championship. In keeping with that theme, all but one member of the Associated Press' All-America first team is a member of the sophomore class.

Ohio State center Jared Sullinger, a first team All-American a season ago as a freshman, was the lone player to receive a vote from each member of the 65-person media panel. He is the first unanimous preseason All-American since North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough accomplished the feat before the 2008-2009 season.

Sullinger is joined on the first team by fellow sophomores Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut. Wisconsin senior guard Jordan Taylor is the only non-sophomore honoree.

Barnes, who became the first freshman since 1986 to be named first team preseason All-American before last season, received 63 votes. Taylor garnered 52 votes, Jones 34 and Lamb 25.

The only semi-surprise on the team would seem to be Lamb, who was sensational during Connecticut's nine-game postseason run, but still finished the season with relatively pedestrian numbers (11.1 points/4.5 rebounds). There's also the question of how successful he can be without Kemba Walker around to attract so much attention from opposing defenses. A more established scorer like Xavier's Tu Holloway may have been the safer play, but I suppose you can't blame the media members who put more weight on the presumption of a guy playing up to his potential.

Lamb was also the only one of the five AP honorees who did not appear on SB Nation's All-American first team, which you can check out right here.