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June 15, 2010

Rivals.com Preseason All-Low-Major team

The rallying cry for the low-major leagues for next season should be "Small Leagues, Big-time Big Men."

Two of the big men on the Rivals.com Preseason All-Low-Major team could play for any team in the nation -- and will get to show off their wares in the NBA soon enough. Indeed, both of these big men thought about turning pro but decided to stay in school despite both being thought of as potential late first-round picks.

The guards aren't quite as accomplished, but there still were a number to choose from.

For the All-Low-Major team, we considered players from America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, the Independent ranks, Ivy, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southland, Southwestern Athletic and Summit leagues.

Monday, we unveiled our Preseason All-Mid-Major team.


C Keith Benson, Oakland
: 6-11/221, Sr.; Detroit Country Day
Conference: Summit
The buzz: Benson should be one of the best big men in the nation, regardless of conference affiliation. He toyed with the idea of turning pro this offseason but decided to stay in school for his senior season. Benson averaged a double-double this past season (17.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg) and also had 3.3 blocks per game. He had 28 points, nine rebounds, three steals and a block in the Grizzlies' first-round loss to Pittsburgh in the NCAA tournament. He had 19 games with double-figure rebounds and 19 games with at least four blocks.

F Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
: 6-8/235, Sr.; Newark (N.J.) Technology
Conference: Ohio Valley
The buzz: Faried is a rebound machine for the Eagles; as with Benson, he considered turning pro before deciding to remain for his senior season. Faried's offensive game is limited, but he's ferocious on the boards, averaging 13.0 rebounds this past season and 11.5 for his career. Faried averaged 16.9 points and shot 56.4 percent from the field this past season. He is athletic and can jump out of the gym, meaning it's a handful trying to keep him off the boards. If he can develop a short jumper, he should enjoy a productive NBA career. Even if he never gets that much better offensively, his rebounding ability should assure him of a roster spot.

F Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb
: 6-8/245, Sr.; Indianapolis North Central
Conference: Atlantic Sun
The buzz: Hodzic is a native of Bosnia who played high school basketball alongside former Indiana star Eric Gordon. Hodzic was named the Atlantic Sun player of the year in 2009-10 after he averaged 22.7 points -- No. 2 in the nation -- and 9.1 rebounds and shot 60.7 percent from the field. Hodzic is tough to handle in the paint because of his bulk and a nice variety of moves. He ended the season with a 12-game streak of scoring at least 20 points and he had 11 games of at least 25 points during the season.

G/F Anatoly Bose, Nicholls State
: 6-6/200, Sr.; Sydney (Australia) Waverley College
Conference: Southland
The buzz: Bose, who will be a four-year starter for the Colonels, plays for a weak team, but it's not his fault Nicholls has struggled. Bose averaged 21.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range this past season. Bose had two 40-point games this past season. He was born in Kazakhstan, claims Sydney as his hometown and also has lived in Russia and New York City.

G C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
: 6-3/170, Soph.; Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak
Conference: Patriot
The buzz: McCollum was the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year as a high school senior, and his sterling player carried over to his freshman season with the Mountain Hawks. He averaged 19.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals as Lehigh advanced to the NCAA tourney; he had 26 points and seven rebounds in a first-round loss to Kansas in the NCAAs. McCollum shot 42.1 percent from 3-point range and 81.0 percent from the line as a freshman.


F Gilberto Clavell, Sam Houston State
6-6/220, Sr.; Southland

F Justin Rutty, Quinnipiac
6-7/240, Sr.; Northeast

F Kevin Thompson, Morgan State
6-9/240, Jr.; Mid-Eastern Athletic

F Alex Young, IUPUI>
6-6/200, Jr.; Summit

G/F John Holland, Boston U.
6-5/205, Sr.; America East

G B.J. Jenkins, Murray State
6-0/180, Sr.; Ohio Valley

G Zack Rosen, Penn
6-1/175, Jr.; Ivy

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