Preseason Top 25 - All-American Teams

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Oct. 16, 2007

By Jeff Lippman


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It's that time again.


Time to rank the nation's top teams without seeing them play a single minute of a single game. And with's Great Eight and Major Conference Fringe Team columns, you already have a leg up on the competition.


You know, for example, that Stanford and Connecticut, Maryland and LSU will all reside somewhere inside the Top 10, but where? That is the question.


Here are your answers:


1. Tennessee



2. Maryland          

3. Rutgers

4. Connecticut

5. LSU

6. Stanford

7. Cal    

8. Oklahoma

9. Georgia

10. Texas A&M

11. Duke

12. Arizona State

13. North Carolina

14. Pittsburgh

15. West Virginia

16. Michigan State

17. George Washington

18. Florida State

19. Louisville

20. Georgia Tech

21. Ohio State

22. Wisconsin

23. Baylor

24. Notre Dame

25. Auburn


Others to watch: Texas, DePaul, Wyoming, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Montana.


All-American Predictions


First Team:

G - Renee Montgomery, Jr., Connecticut

G - Candice Wiggins, Sr., Stanford

F - Candace Parker, Jr., Tennessee

F - Sylvia Fowles, Sr., LSU

C - Courtney Paris, Jr., Oklahoma


Second Team:

G - Abby Waner, Jr., Duke

G - Matee Ajavon, Sr., Rutgers

F - Tina Charles, So., Connecticut

F - Tasha Humphrey, Sr., Georgia

C - Crystal Langhorne, Sr., Maryland


Third Team:

G - Kristi Toliver, Jr., Maryland

G - Essence Carson, Sr., Rutgers

F - Angel McCoughtry, Jr., Louisville

F - Devanei Hampton, Jr., California

C - Kia Vaughn, Jr., Rutgers


Honorable Mentions:


Guards: Wanisha Smith, Sr., Duke; Charel Allen, Sr., Notre Dame; Jolene Anderson, Sr., Wisconsin; Alexis Gray-Lawson, Jr., Cal; Alexis Hornbuckle, Sr., Tennessee; Marscilla Packer, Sr., Ohio State; Mandy Morales, Jr., Montana; Melissa Lechlitner, So., Notre Dame; Kim Beck, Sr., George Washington; Shavonte Zellous, Jr., Pitt.


Forwards: Marissa Coleman, Jr., Maryland; Laura Harper, Sr., Maryland; Erlana Larkins, Sr., North Carolina; Crystal Kelly, Sr., Western Kentucky; Charde Houston, Sr., Connecticut; Ashley Walker, Jr., Cal; Khadijah Whittington, Sr., N.C. State.


Centers: Jayne Appel, So., Stanford; Marcedes Walker, Sr., Pitt; Allyssa DeHaan, So., Michigan State; Olayinka Sanni, Sr., West Virginia; Jessica Adair, Jr., George Washington.


Any questions, comments or concerns, or if you can think of anyone unduly left off these lists, feel free to e-mail Jeff Lippman at