The UNC basketball duo receive CBS Sports Preseason All-America honors

A pair of UNC basketball stars have been named to CBS Sports’ preseason All-American teams starting the 2022-2023 season.

In a recent article, CBS Sports listed two UNC basketball stars as preseason All-Americans heading into the upcoming season.

Traditionally, All-America teams are selected to include five players who could play together on the same roster. However, since college basketball’s top three returning players are big men, it changed the way CBS Sports assembled this year’s teams.

Of course, Armando Bacot is one of those big three men who made them change the way they build their preseason All-American teams.

Bacot joins Drew Timme (Gonzaga), Oscar Tshiebwe (Kentucky), Marcus Sasser (Houston) and Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA) as this year’s first-team selection.

Another no-brainer in our First Team. CBS Sports was one of only two major outlets to name Bacot a 2021-22 season-ending All-American when he made our third team. A major reason for this was his increased play in the NCAA tournament. Leading UNC to the title game, Bacot made history by becoming the first player in tournament history to hit a double-double in six tournament games. He averaged 16.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. His 31 double-doubles were the most in a single season in NCAA history. Carolina will be looking to win a title with Bacot at its heart. – Matt Norlander

The other Tar Heel to earn Preseason All-American honors is guard Caleb Love, who was named to the CBS Sports second team. Love is joined in this unit by Trayce Jackson Davis (Indiana), Hunter Dickinson (Michigan), Kendric Davis (Memphis) and Nick Smith (Arkansas).

Love was a NCAA sophomore supernova for North Carolina on his way to the title game, scoring 30 points in the Sweet 16 at UCLA and 28 points in the Final Four against rival Duke. He remains the most microwaveable bucket-getter in the ACC heading into his junior season and should continue to thrive for the Tar Heels, who play in a more natural off-ball role alongside fellow backcourt RJ Davis. – Kyle Boone

It’s no surprise that both players have picked up these accolades as both are expected to be among the best in the nation next season. With the new NIL rules and a desire to recoup last season’s national championship loss, the UNC basketball program benefits from having both players return for the 2022-2023 season.

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