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Collin Gillespie named to AP Preseason All-America Team

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 28 Villanova at Butler Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Villanova super-senior point guard Collin Gillespie has been named by the AP Writers to the Preseason All-America Team.

He was joined by Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn, UCLA guard Johnny Juzang, Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme- who was the only unanimous selection on all 63 ballots.

Gillespie, was named by the BIG EAST coaches as conference Preseason Player of the Year, as well as to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List for the nation’s best point guard.

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The 6’3” Huntingdon Valley, PA native and Archbishop Wood HS alumn, averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 assists per game last season, before going down with a leg injury towards the end of the season.

Since 2015, Villanova has had one consensus Player of the Year (Jalen Brunson in 2018) and four All-Americans; Saddiq Bey (2020), Jalen Brunson (2018), Mikal Bridges (2018), Josh Hart (2017).