Iowa’s predecessors Luka Garza and Baylor’s Jared Butler were the headlines. Associated Press 2020-21 preseason national team.
Cade Cunningham, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, Ayo Dosunmu, a junior high student in Illinois, Corey Kispert, a senior from Gonzales California, and Remy Martin, a senior student at Arizona State University, also joined them. Kispert and Martin tied for the last place with 26 votes.
Garza was the only unanimous choice. It accepted all 64 votes from the national media group, which released its information on Wednesday.
Garza said: “I am very excited about this year̵
The 6-foot-11 Garza was a national player last season and chose to return to the Hawkeyes after testing NBA waters. He averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds, making him the best AP national player of the year, second only to Dayton’s Obi Toppin.
Iowa is ranked 5th with the highest program in the AP preseason top 25, in large part because Garza decided to return.
Iowa State coach Fran McCaffrey said: “He may lose one or two points on average, but all the kids care about is winning. It takes him time. He does not rely on his own achievements. He is hungry more than ever. For these young people, there is no better role model than Luka Garza.”
Butler was the third team in the United States last season. Like Garza, his name was withdrawn from the NBA draft and returned to his Big Bear season, where the latter ranked second in preseason polls. He ranked second with 61 votes.
Baylor coach Scott Drew said: “Jared has shown tremendous growth both on and off the court in Baylor’s first two seasons. Play a leading role.”
The energetic Dosunmu also inspected the NBA before deciding to return, which was a huge boost for Illini, who ranked 8th.
The 6-5 year old guard is the first freshman and second-year Illinois player to lead the team in scoring in 20 years. Dosunmu can do a lot of things on the court, averaging 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, while shooting 48% last season.
Cunningham came to Stillwater with a lot of hype and became the highest-rated recruit in school history. The 6-8-year-old guard can play his role as he wants and can fill it at any time, which makes him the top of many NBA drafts in 2021.
Gonzaga became No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason for the first time, and Kispert’s decision to return to the game was a big part of it.
The 6-7 year-old forward is an excellent three-pointer (44% last season) and an excellent scorer. Last season, he averaged 13.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in a strong team, and will become the key to the semi-finals.
Martin started his career at Arizona State University. The bench was flooded with elastic energy, making his team full of picky and sharp defense. Since then, the 6-foot guard has grown into the undisputed leader of a team with talented guards.
Martin averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game last season, and he decided to bypass the NBA’s expectations of staying in his senior season with high hopes for the 18th-ranked Sun Devil.