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The way the story of the 2013-14 season has been told, a casual fan might think the entirety of the Midseason All-America team would be made up of freshman.
Certainly, the rookies were a key storyline during the preseason and a conversation only amplified when Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle all excelled in the first week of the season.
Indeed, all three freshmen are on our All-America teams at the midpoint, along with Arizona’s Aaron Gordon.
Some reliable veterans, though, are doing just as much to shape the season from Stillwater to Omaha to Syracuse.
This week marks the midpoint between the first college basketball games of the season and Selection Sunday, and Athlon Sports will recap all the major developments of the season this week in the College Basketball Midseason Report.
Related: Midseason Coaches of the Year
College Basketball Midseason All-America Team
G Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
The numbers: 17.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.1 apg
Smart slumped a bit in late December and early January, weeks after a dominant 39-point, five-steal performance in a rout of Memphis on Nov. 19. Smart, though, is showing signs of returning to his All-America form in the last two games with 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists against Texas and 22 points, 13 rebounds and rive assists against West Virginia.
G DeAndre Kane, Iowa State
The numbers: 16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 5.9 apg
The Marshall transfer is a major reason Iowa State started the season with 14 consecutive wins. But the talent Iowa State has around him also improved his output since playing in Huntington — his shooting percentage (53.2 percent) more than 10 percentage points higher than his career-best at Marshall as a freshman. In his return from an nakle injury, Kane scored 21 points and added eight rebounds Monday in a loss to Kansas.
F Jabari Parker, Duke
The numbers: 18.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.5 apg
His production has slipped in recent games, particularly in the defensive end when Mike Krzyzewski bench him in the second half against Notre Dame. But we can’t forget his torrid pace to start the season. Parker is still tied for second in the ACC in scoring and sixth in rebounding.
F Doug McDermott, Creighton
The numbers: 25 ppg, 7.3 rpg
Shoulder sprain or no shoulder sprain, McDermott is doing to the Big East what he did to the Missouri Valley. The senior has two 30-point games in four conference games and seven overall this season, including 30 against San Diego State.
F C.J. Fair, Syracuse
The numbers: 17.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg
The play of floor general Tyler Ennis deserves some of the credit for Syracuse’s undefeated start, but don’t lose sight of the veteran who is setting a career high with 17.4 points.
G DeAndre Kane, Iowa State (Marshall)
G Jordan Clarkson, Missouri (Tulsa)
F Rodney Hood, Duke (Mississippi State)
F Joseph Young, Oregon (Houston)
F Josh Davis, San Diego State (Tulane)
The numbers: 16.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 6 apg
The Huskies’ leader in points, rebounds and assists is on the short list of the most valuable players in the country.
G Nick Johnson, Arizona
The numbers: 16.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
The all-around senior holds everything together for the undefeated Wildcats. Also scored 22 in a tough road win over UCLA last week.
F Casey Prather, Florida
The numbers: 17 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apg
Former role player has been a revelation this season for the Gators even though he’s been injured in recent games.
F Julius Randle, Kentucky
The numbers: 16.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg
The rest of the Wildcats’ talented roster is finally giving opponents more to think about than stopping Randle down low.
F Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
The numbers: 14.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg
The sophomore followed up a promising freshman season by leading the undefeated Badgers in scoring and rebounding.
Related: Midseason Coaches of the Year
G Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
The numbers: 11.6 ppg, 5.7 apg
Rookie point guard averages an outstanding 4.1 assists for every turnover.
G Keith Appling, Michigan State
The numbers: 16.4 ppg, 4.6 apg
The Spartans have frustrated Tom Izzo but they’re still 4-0 in Big Ten play behind Appling’s 18 ppg in conference play.
F Aaron Gordon, Arizona
The numbers: 12.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Standout defender has been key cog for undefeated Wildcats.
F T.J. Warren, NC State
The numbers: 22.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg
The ACC’s leader in scoring and offensive rebounding is a one-man show for the Wolfpack.
F Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
The numbers: 15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg
The freshman leads the Jayhawks in scoring and looks like he’s about to take charge.