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USA TODAY Sports All-America college basketball teams

USAT_MBB-AAUSA TODAY Sports' Nicole Auerbach breaks down the top names in the running for 2015-16 player of the year honors. USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 USA TODAY Sports All-America men's basketball first team(Photo: Greg Hester, Photo illustration)

Fourteen schools, four classes and six conferences are represented on the 2016 USA TODAY Sports men's college basketball All-America teams. Nearly all of them will have the chance to lead their teams to a run in the NCAA tournament.

The teams, with players listed in alphabetical order:

First team

Buddy Hield, Sr., G, Oklahoma — An efficient scorer from nearly any spot on the court, Hield was the nation's best pure shooter and most terrifying deep threat. The Big 12 Player of the Year dazzled even in defeat; his 46 points in a triple-overtime loss at Kansas was the singular performance of the season. Hield was the nation's second-leading scorer, averaging 25.1 ppg, but the most impressive stat is this: Last season, Hield shot 35.9% from beyond the arc; this year, he shot an eye-popping 47.3%.

Brice Johnson, Sr., F, North Carolina — Johnson had shown flashes of this throughout his first three years with the Tar Heels. The talent was always there; consistency was the question. Johnson put it all together night in and night out this season, making himself one of the country's most improved players and its most dominant. He led the ACC in rebounding, field goal percentage and double-doubles (19 total, 12 in league play). He averaged a double-double (16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg) throughout the regular season and anchored one of the nation's most consistent teams during a wild year.

Jakob Poeltl, So., F, Utah — Poeltl's decision to bypass the NBA this past offseason was one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises for college basketball fans. The Austrian 7-footer is the most dominant player in the Pac-12, and one of the nation's most dominant big men in general. He's nearly doubled his output from last season, averaging 17.5 points to go along with 9.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. The future NBA lottery pick carried Utah to a second-place finish in the Pac-12 regular season, and can perhaps carry the Utes deep into March.

Tyler Ulis, So., G, Kentucky — The Wildcats would be nowhere near the SEC champion team they are without their superhero, Ulis. He's averaged 16.6 points and 7.4 assists per game — more than doubling his dishes from a season ago. Ulis has been the best player in the SEC and the catalyst for so many of Kentucky's wins this season. Very few players control a game like Ulis does.

Denzel Valentine, Sr., G, Michigan State — Tom Izzo loves certain players more than most, and it's easy to see why. He loves the hardest workers, the ones thought not good enough or too small to play big. Izzo loves Valentine because he's the perfect example of a player dedicated to improving himself step by step over a four-year career. And what a sensational, versatile player he's built himself. Valentine can become the only player ever to average 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists since the assist became an official stat in 1983-84. Put simply, he's dynamic — and he makes everyone around him better, too.

Second team

Grayson Allen, So., G, Duke

Malcolm Brogdon, Sr., G, Virginia

Perry Ellis, Sr., F, Kansas

Yogi Ferrell, Sr., G, Indiana

Jamal Murray, Fr., G, Kentucky

Third team

Kris Dunn, Sr., G, Providence

Trevon Bluiett, So., G, Xavier

Georges Niang, Sr., F, Iowa State

Ben Simmons, Fr., F, LSU

Jarrod Uthoff, Sr., F, Iowa



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