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Tuesday / September 27.
  • SNY’s AAC Top 10 Picks; Preseason Teams; Top Rookies

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    The American Athletic Conference — formerly the Big East football outfits plus friends — will hold their first annual media day Wednesday in Memphis, also the site of the conference tournament.

    That means that Louisville coach Rick Pitino won’t be in New York — site of the Big East media day. As you may recall, Pitino and Jim Boeheim had an entertaining war of words last year in New York, with each saying the other was “full of s–t.”

    Here are the SNY.tv picks for the 2013-14 projected order of finish along with the preseason All-Conference teams and top incoming recruits.

    1. Louisville (35-4, 14-4 Big East)

    2. UConn (20-10, 10-8 Big East)

    3. Memphis (31-5, 16-0 Conference USA)

    4. Cincinnati (22-12, 9-9 Big East)

    5. Temple (24-10, 11-5 Atlantic 10)

    6. Central Florida (20-11, 9-7 Conference USA)

    7. SMU (15-17, 5-11 Conference USA)

    8. Houston (20-13, 7-9 Conference USA)

    9. Rutgers (20-11, 5-13 Big East)

    10. South Florida (12-19, 3-15 Big East)

     

    All-Conference

    First Team

    Russ Smith, G, Louisville (Preseason Player of the Year)

    Shabazz Napier, G, Connecticut

    Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati

    Chane Behanan, F Louisville

    Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville

    Second Team

    Ryan Boatright, G, Connecticut

    Isaiah Sykes, G, Central Florida

    Joe Jackson, G, Memphis

    TaShawn Thomas, F, Houston

    DeAndre Daniels, F, UConn
    Top Incoming Rookies (ESPN.com Class of 2013 rankings)

    No. 15. Austin Nichols, PF, Memphis

    No. 33. Kuran Iverson, SF, Memphis

    No. 35. Jermaine Lawrence, PF, Cincinnati

    No. 37. Nick King, SF, Memphis

    No. 48. Anton Gill, SG, Louisville

    No. 49. Keith Frazier, SG, SMU

    No. 64. John Egbunu, C, USF

    No. 75. Akoy Agau, PF, Louisville

    No. 90. Dominic Woodson, C, Memphis

    No. 95. Rashawn Powell, PG, Memphis

    No. 98. Kentan Facey, PF, UConn

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.