The 2013 NCAA was tournament is now past, and before we let the lull of the end of college basketball envelop us, a quick look at the Men's All-Tournament teams.
FINAL FOUR (AP)
G-Trey Burke: This was kind of an iffy pick for me after the egg he laid against Syracuse, but there is no doubt that he was the leader of this Michigan team and they are not in the final without his heroics throughout the tournament.
G-Peyton Siva: Siva is the heart and soul of the national champs. He makes them go with his defense and his penetration, which he is astoundingly good at considering he is not a threat from deep. He is a handful for the other team's point guard at both ends, and he is a champ.
G-Spike Albrecht: Spike was huge in the final four, spelling Burke when he needed it. He showed that he can handle ball pressure at the highest level and that he can score in spurts if needed. Michigan has no worries going forward at the point guard position.
F-Luke Hancock: Hancock was a role player until the Cardinals needed his role. Now, he is a household name. He was the shooter to keep teams honest on a team full of runners. Noone knew about him because noone could make Louisville shoot, till they met the Shockers and Wolverines. When the Cardinals found teams could make them shoot, Hancock was ready, totally 42 points in the final four for MOP honors.
F-Cleanthony Early: I have watched the shockers all year long, and I was astounded that they were able to land a talent like Early. Now the rest of this nation of sports fans can wonder the same thing I did. How does the 2-time nation juco (D-III) player of the year land in the valley. He had a few times in the season where his focus wasn't as sharp as you would like, but when the switch is flipped, he is as good as anybody. He showed this by being the #11 scorer (16.2 points) and #10 rebounder (7.6) to make it to the sweet sixteen.
I couldn't find an all-tournament team online, so i decided to fill that void myself.
I took into account scoring, 3-point shooting, rebounding, Assists, Steals, and Blocks for statistically review. Additionally, I eliminated anyone whose team didn't win 2 game in the tournament. After all, this is a tournament about winning.
G Ramon Galloway - La Salle
Galloway was the leader of a surprising La Salle team that was the Cinderella who wish their path had been parallel to the Shockers, rather than a on a collision course. Galloway scored 75 points in 4 games, leading the tournament in 3 pointers made.
G Trey Burke - Michigan
Burke's deep 3 to send the Wolverine's game with Kansas into overtime will be one of the memories of this tournament for me. This is a young man who wants the ball in his hands, and he can do just about anything that has been thought up once he has it there. He averaged 15.5 points, 6.3 Assists, 1.5 Steals, and 3.5 rebounds a game for the tournament.
F Mitch McGary - Michigan
This is one freshman who proved that players aren't really freshman anymore after Christmas. After averaging only a handful of points in the regular season, McGary was one of the difference makers for Michigan in the tournament, averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds.
F Mason Plumlee - Duke
Plumlee is a beast for the Blue Devils, whose size and athletic ability are ready-built for the NBA. He scored in double figures in every game on his way to averages of 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds.
C Jeff Withey - Kansas
Withey is the best center in the country, and it's really not close. He averaged 13.7 and 8.5 in the regular season and better those numbers during the Jayhawks stay in the tournament with averages of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Oh yeah, and he had 17 blocks in 3 games.
G Malcolm Armstead - Wichita State
G Russ Smith - Louisville
G Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse
F C.J. Fair - Syracuse
F Cleanthony Early - Wichita State
G Shane Larkin - Miami
G Bernard Thompson - FGCU
G Nick Johnson - Arizona
G Seth Curry - Duke
G Sherwood Brown - FGCU
G Brett Comer - FGCU
G Mark Lyons - Arizona
G Vander Blue - Marquette
G Peyton Siva - Louisville
I am sure it seems low to see Siva here, but his stats just don't match up. He barely averaged double figures and had a couple of games where he was very ineffective, without a single good shooting day from long range in the tourney. He is a gamer, and a leader, but he is not a premier point guard when it comes to running an offense.
F Jamil Wilson - Marquette
F Arsalan Kazemi - Oregon
F DeShaun Thomas - Ohio State
F Carl Hall - Wichita State
F Chase Fieler - FGCU
F Luke Hancock - Louisville
C Adreian Payne - Michigan State
C Gorgui Dieng - Louisville