Casting My USA Basketball Writers Association Ballot

jared sullinger

A secret ballot? Nah, when it comes to college basketball, I'll shout my opinions and evaluations from the mountain top. I've covered a lot of teams both in the Big Ten and the Big East this past season: Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame and DePaul, so let's begin.

We start by choosing my District: V. of course, covering Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana, or as well call it The Sports Bank territory. Here's who excelled in representing the Great Lakes/Upper Midwest.

So my all-district team looks like this, in no particular order:

Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin

Ben Hansbrough and Tim Abromaitis, Notre Dame

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State (who also takes home my vote for District Player of the Year and National Freshman of the Year Award)

E'Twaun Moore and JaJaun Johnson, Purdue

Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Demetri McCamey, Illinois

Keith Benson, Oakland

Mike Brey, Notre Dame is Coach of the Year, and also get my national coach of the year (Henry Iba Award)


National All-America Team

Johnson and Sullinger make this team

Jimmer Fredette, BYU (National Player of the Year)

Kemba Walker, UConn

Terrence Jones, Kentucky

Talor Battle, Penn State

Marcus Morris, Kansas

Nolan Smith, Duke

Jordan Hamilton, Texas

Derrick Williams, Arizona

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports , a Midwest webzine. He's also a regular contributor to the Tribune's Chicago Now network, Walter, Yardbarker Network, and Fox

You can follow him on Twitter @thesportsbank

He also does a regular guest spot each week for and  Chicagoland Sports


Leave a comment

  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Advertisement:
  • Meet The Blogger

    Paul M. Banks

    Fulbright scholar in media studies, MBA, small media business owner, Published author, Founder of The Sports, a Fox Sports affiliate Member: Society of Professional Journalists, Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Former political writer for Washington, NBC and numerous business journals Credentialed for: United Nations, Rose Bowl, BCS National Championship, Final Four, Stanley Cup Finals, and NBA Playoffs. Been featured on: Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Live, The History Channel, CBS and ESPN radio. Does weekly segments for NBC and Fox Sports Radio stations across the nation.

  • Categories

  • Latest on ChicagoNow

  • Advertisement: