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Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet named to AP preseason All-America team

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Wichita State's Fred VanVleet will be a junior this season. He was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year last season.
Wichita State's Fred VanVleet will be a junior this season. He was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year last season. The Wichita Eagle

Wichita State junior point guard Fred VanVleet was named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press on Monday.

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor became the third freshman in five years to be named to the team.

The rest of the team has a bit more experience: North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky and Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell.

North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes in 2010 and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas last season also made the AP’s preseason team as freshmen.

Paige was the leading vote getter, named on 57 ballots by the 65-member national media panel. Harrell was second with 56 votes.

Kaminsky led the Badgers to the Final Four last season and VanVleet played there with the Shockers two years ago.

VanVleet, from Rockford, Ill., averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 assists as a sophomore. He earned Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors while helping the Shockers to a 35-1 record and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

He is the preseason MVC Player of the Year and received preseason All-American recognition from Blue Ribbon Yearbook and CBSSports.com.

The last Shocker to end the season on the Associated Press All-America team was Xavier McDaniel in 1985. Cleanthony Early earned third-team All-America honors from the AP last season.

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