2011-2012 Preseason NHR All-Senior Team

14 Oct

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

It’s a dying breed in college basketball.

College seniors with serious NBA aspirations aren’t nearly as prevalent as they used to be even 10 years ago.  That being said, if there was ever a year to stick around and exhaust that final year of eligibility, this is the year with the NBA Lockout possibly ruining the entire pro season.  Selfishly as college basketball fans, it’s great news to see the best player stick around for as long as possible, no matter what the reason.

The NHR All-Senior team consists of four year starters, late bloomers, and even a prized recruit that has unfortunately spent far too much time on the sidelines due to injuries.

JaMychal Green, PF, Alabama – The 6’8”, 240 lbs power forward has put up double figures since first stepping foot on the Tuscaloosa campus three seasons ago.  Green is an excellent finisher around the basket that is equally adept at disrupting the opposition on the other end of the court.  Last season as a junior he registered 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game in leading the Crimson Tide to an SEC West crown and a spot in the NIT Championship game.  With another increase in output in his final season, it’s not hard to imagine Green giving the Alabama faithful something other than the Spring Game to look forward to this upcoming March.

Tu Holloway, PG, Xavier – There’s nothing like a senior point guard.  Every coach wants one.  Xavier coach Chris Mack has more than just a senior point guard in Holloway.  He has a floor general who is not only the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year but also a 3rd Team AP All-American with loads of NCAA Tournament experience.   Holloway demonstrated that he is a complete player last season as he chipped in 20 points and 5 assists per game while also taking home A-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors.  After making the Sweet 16 in his first two seasons, Holloway gives Xavier a great shot to be this season’s “mid-major” party crasher at the Final Four in New Orleans.

Kris Joseph, SF, Syracuse – It seem as though every season Syracuse has a senior who has steadily improved since his freshman year and ultimately finds himself in the mix for All-American status.  This year Kris Joseph is that player for Jim Boeheim.  After only losing Rick Jackson from last year’s squad, Joseph, who originally hails from Canada, seems primed to lead Syracuse towards a Big East Title in perhaps the schools’ last year in the conference.  As a junior the versatile, slashing small forward lead his team in scoring (14.3) while greatly improving his three-point shooting (36%, up from 22% as a sophomore).

Jordan Taylor, PG, Wisconsin – Not many freshman contribute less than 2 points per game only to end up as a 2nd Team AP All-American as a junior but that’s exactly what Taylor has accomplished during his time in Madison.  While the heady floor general has made his biggest strides in scoring, up to 18 per game last season, his ability to set up his teammates for quality shots has never been in doubt.  Taylor’s assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 4 to 1 is insane.  If the Badgers are to get back to another Sweet 16, Taylor will probably have to increase his scoring for the fourth year in a row as the loss of sharp shooter Jon Leuer will clearly be felt.

Tyler Zeller, C, UNC – It’s hard to come up with any sort of superlative list without the presence of at least one Tar Heel.  Last season Zeller, a heralded recruit out of hoops crazy state of Indiana, was finally able to stay healthy for an entire season.  The results were very impressive as the seven-footer showed great mobility for a player of his size as well as a very nice shooting touch.  On a team with so many match-up problems, Zeller might be the most difficult for an opponent without any real size in the middle.  Look for his averages of 15 points and 7 rebounds per game to go up for his final campaign in Chapel Hill.

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