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May 25, 2010

Rivals.com 2010-11 all-sophomore team

Most of the top freshmen from the 2009-10 season didn't bother to stick around for their sophomore seasons.

Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins and Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors likely will go among the top five picks in the upcoming NBA draft. Marshall's Hassan Whiteside, Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe, Kansas' Xavier Henry and Texas' Avery Bradley should get taken later in the first round. Even Kentucky's Daniel Orton - a part-time player in his lone college season - could go in the first half of the opening round.

All those early entries have removed much of the star power from college basketball's sophomore class, but there still are plenty of second-year players who should make an impact in the 2010-11 season.

As we look ahead to 2010-11, we have put together all-star teams for each of the classes. We looked at potential impact freshmen on Monday. Here's a look at our all-sophomore team. The all-junior and all-senior squads will be released later this week.

F Elias Harris, Gonzaga
PARTICULARS: 6-8/215; Speyer, Germany
BUZZ: Harris averaged 14.9 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds last season to earn first-team All-West Coast Conference honors. As one of four returning starters for Gonzaga, he could help the Bulldogs open the 2010-11 season in the top 10. With the graduation of Matt Bouldin, Harris likely becomes the Zags' go-to guy next season. He is a likely first-round pick and potential lottery selection in next year's draft, assuming he leaves school after his sophomore year.
F Derrick Williams, Arizona
PARTICULARS: 6-8/235; La Mirada (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Williams averaged 15.7 points and 7.1 rebounds last season to lead his team in both categories. He scored in double figures in 28 of his 31 games, and he had nine 20-point performances. He ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, sixth in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage (.574).
F Jordan Williams, Maryland
PARTICULARS: 6-10/260; Torrington (Conn.) High
BUZZ: Williams ranked second in the ACC at 8.6 rebounds per game and also averaged 9.6 points last season. He came on strong late in the season and averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in the Terps' two NCAA tournament outings. Williams should emerge as more of a scoring threat next season as the Terrapins attempt to replace 2009-10 ACC player of the year Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes.
G Kenny Boynton, Florida
PARTICULARS: 66-2/183; Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
BUZZ: Boynton averaged 14 points per game, but his late-season production suggests he should deliver even better results as a sophomore. Boynton scored 23 points in an SEC tournament loss to Mississippi State and followed that up with a 27-point performance in an NCAA tournament double-overtime setback against BYU. Boynton shot just 29.4 percent (72-of-245) from 3-point range last season. If he improves his range, he should develop into one of the SEC's top players.
G Alec Burks, Colorado
PARTICULARS: 6-6/185; Grandview (Mo.) High
BUZZ: The reigning Big 12 freshman of the year averaged 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds last season, making him the first Colorado freshman to exceed 500 points and the first in almost a quarter-century to lead his team in rebounding. He shot 53.8 percent from the field and scored in double figures in 29 of his 30 games.
F Chris Gaston, Fordham
F Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
F Marshawn Powell, Arkansas
G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt
G C.J. McCollum, Lehigh

Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at smegargee@rivals.com.

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