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May 27, 2010

Rivals.com 2010-11 all-senior team

Given the propensity of underclassmen to turn pro, especially after their freshman and sophomore seasons, it's frequently difficult to come up with enough top-flight seniors to stock an all-star team.

That won't be the case next season.

There are numerous big-time seniors, especially in the backcourt. That made choosing the Rivals.com All-Senior team for 2010-11 a difficult task.

As we look ahead to 2010-11, we have put together all-star teams for each of the classes. We looked at potential impact freshmen on Monday, then picked an all-sophomore team for Tuesday and an all-junior team for Wednesday. Here's a look at our all-senior squad.

F Robbie Hummel, Purdue
PARTICULARS: 6-8/208; Valparaiso (Ind.) High
BUZZ: Unfortunately, the lament "If Hummel ever could stay healthy " might be the player's lasting legacy in West Lafayette. Hummel's back injury in 2008-09 came in the middle of the season and cost Purdue a few wins. His torn ACL last season came near the end of the season and may have cost Purdue a Final Four berth. When he's healthy, he gives the Boilermakers a superb all-around player, a guy who can pass, rebound, shoot, score and defend. He and fellow seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore have one final go-round together. If all three remain injury free, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Purdue in the Final Four next April.
F Kyle Singler, Duke
PARTICULARS: 6-8/230; Medford (Ore.) South Medford
BUZZ: Singler was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, when he showed off his versatility to the basketball world. Singler is tougher than he looks, which enables him to be effective in the low post. He also can handle the ball and hit the 3-pointer, which enables him to be effective from the perimeter. He averaged 17.7 points and 7.0 rebounds and shot 39.9 percent from 3-point range last season. He and fellow senior Nolan Smith should be one of the most effective duos in the nation next season.
G LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor
PARTICULARS: 6-4/205; Monroe (La.) Excelsior Christian
BUZZ: Dunn still has some work to do to become a better-rounded player, but the one thing he has no problem with is putting the ball in the basket. He averaged 19.6 points last season and scored a school-record 704 points; he also hit a school-record 116 3-pointers. Though he doesn't jump all that high, Dunn has a deadly shot and a quick release. He will have to get used to playing with backcourt mate Tweety Carter, which means Dunn may have to handle the ball more next season. Still, you can be sure that the one thing Dunn again will do well is score.
G Jimmer Fredette, BYU
PARTICULARS: 6-2/195; Glens Falls (N.Y.) High
BUZZ: Fredette was the major reason BYU won a school-record 30 games last season, averaging 22.1 points and 4.7 assists. Fredette is a physical player with a quick trigger and great range; he shot 44.0 percent from 3-point range and 89.2 percent from the line. He ranked in the top 10 in the Mountain West Conference in eight statistical categories and was the No. 7 scorer nationally. He scored 37 points in an NCAA tourney first-round victory over Florida and had 21 in a second-round loss to Kansas State. He had two 40-plus-point games last season, pouring in 49 against Arizona and 45 against TCU; he hit nine 3-pointers against Arizona.
G Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
PARTICULARS: 6-0/200; Maywood (Ill.) Proviso East
BUZZ: Proviso East is the alma mater of such former top-flight guards as Doc Rivers, Michael Finley and Dee Brown, and Pullen is doing his best to keep the lineage flowing. He helped Kansas State get to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tourney last season, averaging 19.3 points and 3.4 assists and shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the line. As with Big 12 rival Dunn, Pullen will be without his backcourt mate this season, as Denis Clemente was a senior. But that likely means more points for Pullen, and that will be a good thing for K-State.
C Keith Benson, Oakland
F Jimmy Butler, Marquette
F/C JaJuan Johnson, Purdue
G Malcolm Delaney, Virginia Tech
G Kalin Lucas, Michigan State

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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