Recently, the men’s basketball preseason polls were released, and Oregon is sitting pretty at No. 5 to start the year. On Wednesday, Dillon Brooks earned a historic preseason honor.
Brooks was named to the AP preseason All-America team, becoming the first player in Oregon history to be named to the team, receiving 30 votes from the same 65-member panel of national media members responsible for selecting the AP Top 25.
Duke’s Grayson Allen was the leading vote-getter with 61 votes. Other members of the team include Villanova’s Josh Hart, California’s Ivan Rabb and Iowa State’s Monte Morris.
Last season, Brooks averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in his sophomore campaign for the Ducks, leading Oregon to an appearance in the Elite Eight against Oklahoma, their deepest run into the tournament in nearly a decade.
Last year, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield was the only player to make both the preseason and postseason All-America teams, so we’ll see if Brooks has the same fortune this season.