The U.S. Basketball Writers’ Association released their selections for All-American teams. Expected names like Michigan’s Trey Burke, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk were present on the list. However, there were no players from the SEC; not even Missouri point-guard Phil Pressey.
There are many reasons why Pressey deserves to be an All-American. There may not be a better passer in the entire country; he had 19 assists in a losing game this season. He continues to pass even when his team may benefit more from his exceptional shooting ability. He’s led this team through a new coach, he’s led this team to upsets over great teams, and he’s led this team through potential season-harming injuries. There have been games this season that if it wasn’t for Pressey, the Tigers wouldn’t have stood a chance. Pressey has essentially held this Missouri team together.
The only reason Pressey wouldn’t deserve to make the All-America team is his teams’ performance when they were injured and his inability to remain calm under pressure. There is not a player in the entire country less clutch than Pressey. He had crucial turnovers/bad shots in four of the Tigers one possession losses. Frank Haith needs to start taking him out with two minutes left in the game, just to be safe.
Pressey does not deserve to be in the first team, but there is no doubt he is one of the top ten players in the country and deserves to be somewhere on that list. Luckily for Missouri, this might put a chip on his shoulder. Pressey is dangerous and, along with Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi, could cut a path through the NCAA tournament to the Final Four in Atlanta.