Chris Webber, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill -- three players on the court when last season ended -- were named today to the Associated Press preseason All-America team.
All five were among the eight collegiate players selected to practice last summer against the U.S. Olympic team.
Webber was the leading vote-getter, named on 62 of the 65 ballots. Hurley was second with 56 votes, followed by Mashburn with 55, Hill with 42 and Hardaway, 31.
The 6-foot-9 Webber averaged 15.5 points and 10 rebounds as a freshman for the Wolverines, voted No. 1 in the preseason poll by the same group of writers and broadcasters who selected the Al-America team.
Hurley, the 6-foot point guard who has guided Duke to consecutive NCAA championships and a title-game appearance in each of his three seasons, is on line to become college basketball's all-time assist leader. Hurley was a third-team All-America last season.
Hill, who has a championship ring for each of his two seasons, appears ready to emerge as the sport's next star after averaging 14 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 61 percent from the field.
Mashburn's season ended when Laettner hit his last-second shot to advance the Blue Devils to the Final Four. The 6-8 New York native is one of only two starters back for the Wildcats. The junior averaged 21.3 points and 7.8 rebounds last year.
The 6-7 Hardaway is as smooth as they come on the collegiate level. The Memphis native averaged 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals as a sophomore, leading the Tigers to the regional finals.
AP preseason best
The 1992-93 preseason AP All-America basketball team, with height, school, year and votes of the 65-member panel:
* Chris Webber, 6-9, Michigan, sophomore, 62
* Bobby Hurley, 6-0, Duke, senior, 56
* Jamal Mashburn, 6-8, Kentucky, junior, 55
* Grant Hill, 6-8, Duke, junior, 42
* Anfernee Hardaway, 6-7, Memphis State, junior, 31.
Others receiving votes: Calbert Cheaney, Indiana, 25; Allan Houston, Tennessee, 25; Terry Dehere, Seton Hall, 5; Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest, 5; Jalen Rose, Michigan, 4; Eric Montross, North Carolina, 3; Rex Walters, Kansas, 3; Douglas Edwards, Florida State, 2; Vin Baker, Hartford, 1; Sam Cassell, Florida State, 1; Acie Earl, Iowa, 1; Adonis Jordan, Kansas, 1; Chris Mills, Arizona, 1; Lawrence Moten, Syracuse, 1.