Wichita State guards Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet are on the preseason All-American team selected by The Sporting News.
Baker, a senior from Scott City, earned a spot on the first team. VanVleet, a senior from Rockford, Ill., is on the second team, as is Kansas junior guard Wayne Selden.
Baker averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season, making 38.3 percent of his three-pointers and 43.3 percent of all shots. he blocked a team-leading 27 shots and totaled 45 steals.
“On the hybrid college/pro team USA Basketball sent to the Pan-American Games in July, Baker was easily the best college player,” The Sporting News wrote. “He shot 50 percent from the floor, was second on the team in assists and led the team in steals, several of which were game-breaking/saving plays.”
VanVleet averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He made 35.7 percent of his threes and 43 percent of all shots. His 66 steals led the team and his assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.1 led the Missouri Valley Conference and ranked seventh nationally.
“VanVleet is the best two-way point guard in college basketball, a defender with Aaron Craft-ish influence and a playmaker whose offense was No. 16 among 350-some-odd teams,” wrote The Sporting News.
Selden, from Roxbury, Mass., averaged 9.4 points and 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season.
“With no one-and-done perimeter players to accommodate … Selden has the opportunity to become a focal point of the attack and showed in the World University Games he is ready to excel,” The Sporting News wrote.
The first team also included Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon, Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes, Iowa State’s Georges Niang and North Carolina’s Marcus Paige.