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April 8, 2008

Guards rule Rivals.com All-Tournament team

MORE: All-Surprise Team

When you're naming an NCAA All-Tournament team, you pretty much have to figure on five guys whose teams were playing in the Final Four.

Unless, of course, a player has a tournament like Davidson sophomore guard Stephen Curry.

Curry's Wildcats may have been eliminated in the Elite Eight, but there's no way they would have been in the Midwest Regional final without his contributions. Curry rang up 128 points in four games, an average of 32 points per game. He made 23 3-pointers and dropped a tournament-high 40 points on Gonzaga in a first-round game.

Curry, who has said he'll return to school for his junior year, leads the Rivals.com NCAA All-Tournament team. Here's who else gets a tip of the cap:

Rivals.com All-Tournament Team
G Derrick Rose, Memphis
6-3, 190 Fr.
The Buzz: The Rivals.com five-star prospect propelled the Tigers through the tournament and drove up his NBA Draft stock with one terrific performance after another. He proved adept at taking defenders off the dribble and getting to the rim, and he knocked down acrobatic shots from all angles against some of the nation's top big men. Even though the Tigers came up short, he had a stretch in the second half Monday night where he scored 13 of 15 points for Memphis and left heads shaking throughout the Alamodome.
G Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis
6-7, 200 Jr.
The Buzz: "CDR" was the perfect complement to the slashing Rose. As one Conference USA coach put it, "He's the best at shooting mid-range jumpers, runners, whatever you want to call them. He's the best I've ever seen at making those kinds of shots." He didn't disappoint in the tournament, wreaking havoc with his creative offensive game. His dunk on a backdoor cut in the second half against UCLA was one of the biggest and best plays of the tournament.
G Stephen Curry, Davidson
6-2, 185 So.
Charlotte, N.C.
The Buzz: From his opening game against Gonzaga, Curry made the tourney his tour de force. He scored 30 in a second-round shocker over Georgetown, then dropped 33 points on Wisconsin in a Sweet 16 upset. The Hoyas and Badgers statistically were two of the top six defensive teams in the country. Curry outscored Wisconsin in the second half by himself, 22-20.
G Mario Chalmers, Kansas
6-1, 190 Jr.
Anchorage, Alaska
The Buzz: You have to include the guy who was named Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four. Chalmers had 18 points and four steals in the title game, and his 3-pointer to send Monday's contest into overtime was called "probably the biggest shot ever made in Kansas history" by coach Bill Self. Chalmers raised his scoring average during the Jayhawks' title run (14.8 in the tournament vs. 12.6 in the regular season) and played typically solid defense.
G Brandon Rush, Kansas
6-6, 210 Jr.
Kansas City, Mo.
The Buzz: Yes, it's an all-guard lineup. Think anybody wants to play against it? Rush had an outstanding tournament, including a 25-point performance against North Carolina in the semifinals. He shot nearly 50 percent, he rebounded and he played excellent defense. Rush turned in 12 points (on 5-for-9 shooting) and six rebounds in the championship game.

MORE: All-Surprise Team

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