Jordan Taylor is in a class by himself on the Associated Press preseason All-America men’s basketball team.
The guard from Wisconsin was the only senior on the team named yesterday. He was joined by four sophomores, including Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger, a unanimous pick of the 65-member national media panel. Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Terrence Jones of Kentucky, and Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut were the other sophomores.
The last unanimous pick to the preseason All-America team was North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough before the 2008-09 season.
The 6-foot-1-inch Taylor averaged 18.1 points and 4.7 assists last season in leading the Badgers to a 25-9 record, third place in the Big Ten, and their 13th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
“I just hope he doesn’t think he has to score 40 a game this year,’’ coach Bo Ryan said. “I think we’re going to be in trouble if he does. He doesn’t. He wants to be even more consistent. He wants to be more inclusive with his teammates, maybe in transition. There are different things we’re looking at in trying to get done with a different-sized team maybe on the floor.’’
Lamb asserted himself as the season went on and became a key player in the Huskies’ 11-game run to their third national championship. The 6-5 guard averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds last season.
West Virginia wants quick out
West Virginia filed a lawsuit seeking an immediate divorce from the Big East so it can become a member of the Big 12 before the 2012 football season. The Big 12 announced West Virginia’s acceptance last Friday, but the Big East said it would hold the Mountaineers to a provision in the conference bylaws that requires notice of 27 months before a school can withdraw. The lawsuit asks the Monongalia County Circuit Court to declare the bylaws invalid, claiming that the Big East breached its fiduciary duty to West Virginia by failing to maintain a balance between football-playing and non-football members. Big East commissioner John Marinatto said the conference would not back down. “We are disappointed that West Virginia has adopted this strategy and cannot imagine why it believes it does not have to respect and honor the bylaws it agreed to as a member of the Big East. To put it simply, a contract is a contract,’’ Marinatto said in a statement . . . Tight end Zach Ertz will likely be sidelined for at least two weeks for No. 4 Stanford with a lower right leg injury, leaving one of the team’s most productive positions shorthanded. The school announced that Ertz is expected to miss Saturday’s game at Oregon State and the Nov. 12 matchup against sixth-ranked Oregon that could determine the Pac-12 North champion . . . Arkansas freshman Marquel Wade apologized for hitting Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause early, a crushing tackle that led to Wade’s ejection during Saturday’s game. Wade has not been suspended for the hit, which occurred during the third quarter of the No. 8 Razorbacks’ 31-28 win over the Commodores. The wide receiver, playing on special teams, said he thought Krause had the ball when he ran through the returner.
BC hockey team retains top spot
Boston College’s weekend sweep of UMass-Lowell kept the Eagles atop the USCHO.com Division 1 hockey rankings. Unbeaten Merrimack (6-0-0), coming off a weekend sweep on the road over Vermont and off to the team’s best start since joining Hockey East in 1989, moved up three spots to No. 6. Yale (No. 9) and Boston University (No. 12) each gained one place . . . Nebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after her car clipped a motorcyclist, who suffered a broken leg. Cook, who has been ticketed six times for speeding in Nebraska since 2007, is the daughter of Nebraska coach John Cook. Her father said he wouldn’t announce what, if any, team disciplinary action would be taken. “It’s days like this I wish my kid was a sorority girl and then this probably wouldn’t be a big deal,’’ John Cook said.