Big Ten Men's Hoops Standouts Reel in Preseason All-America Honors

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The 2013-14 men's college basketball season is just six weeks away, and several preseason honors have been released by various media outlets across the country.

Michigan's Mitch McGary, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State's Aaron Craft have all been recognized as preseason All-Americans by at least one outlet.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook revealed its preseason All-America Teams, with Payne collecting first-team plaudits, McGary being recognized as a second-team All-American, Craft receiving third-team honors and Harris claiming fourth-team All-America laurels.

McGary was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News, while Harris collected second-team honors and Craft was recognized as a third-team All-American. McGary was also tabbed a first-team preseason All-American in the USA Today Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preview Magazine.

Craft was named a first-team All-Big Ten performer by the conference's media voters last season, and led Ohio State to the West Regional final. Harris was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and also collected second-team and All-Freshman team honors in helping the Spartans reach the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

McGary burst onto the national scene during the NCAA Tournament, averaging 14.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during the Wolverines' run to the national championship game. Payne earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference's coaches and media in 2012-13, and ranked among the Big Ten leaders in free-throw percentage (1st, .848), rebounding (3rd, 7.6 rpg) field-goal percentage (6th, .546), and blocked shots (7th, 1.3 bpg).  


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