The Preseason National Player of the Year was a complete no-brainer, but picking my Preseason All-Americans was hardly an easy task.

There are just two freshmen on the trio of All-American teams, and the Big 12 is well represented with three players on the first team.

We’ve also given you a mid-major All-American squad.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR | Luka Garza, Iowa

It’s difficult to choose anyone else. Garza was dominant last season, and my guess is he’ll be even better this year after working on his game all offseason.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR | Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

Cunningham comes in with plenty of well-deserved hype. He’s a guy who just impacts winning in so many different ways.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | Marcus Garrett, Kansas

He’s a lockdown perimeter defender and has proven himself to be one of the best players in the country.

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