Here’s the scope of how the players were selected by NBC Sports:
As is the case with your standard All-America teams, putting together squads of the best players at mid-major schools is a tough thing to do.
Narrowing down the lists of available high-scoring guards and productive front court players who post double-doubles more often than not tends to result in some players being either relegated to an “honorable mention” list or left out altogether.
Get to know these names.
These are the players that, come March, are going to help you identify the best upsets and Cinderella runs.
Below are the NBC Sports Preseason Mid-Major All America teams, following by a list of players who merited mention but did not make the cut.
For the sake of this post, members of the following conferences will be excluded: ACC, American, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-12, SEC. We’ll also be leaving out BYU and Gonzaga of the WCC.
William Lee joins Giddy Potts on the list that also features Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s, and Kendrick Nunn of Oakland.
F William Lee, UAB
With the exception of his sophomore season, when he came off the bench in 14 of the 33 games he appeared in, William Lee has pretty much been a fixture in the UAB starting lineup. Last season Lee averaged 13.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from three. With the Blazers expected to be a factor in a tight race at the top of Conference USA, Lee is a player talented enough to push them over the top.