Likelihood players earn both Preseason, end-of-year All-American honors

A majority but not every player making the recently unveiled Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Team is likely to earn All-American honors at the end of the 2016 season based on recent trends.

Of the Preseason All-American selections in the last four years, 60.7 percent have ended the year receiving AVCA All-American honors.


The Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams started for the 2012 season in an effort to recognize NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball players projected to be the best during the upcoming season. It also remains the only Preseason All-American Team presented in college men’s volleyball.

The voting committees and voting procedures are different for the Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Teams and the end-of-season AVCA All-American Teams. However, both annual All-American Teams feature a first-team and a second-team that are each typically comprised of 10 players.

Check out the year-by-year breakdown of how many Preseason All-Americans went on to earn All-American honors at the end of the season. In addition, to view the recently released 2016 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American Team, click here.

2015 All-Americans
Preseason and end-of-year All-Americans:
13-of-22
Not Preseason but end-of-year All-American: Eric Fitterer, Tamir Hershko, Peter Hutz, Jeff Jendryk, Parker Kalmbach, Bobby Walsh, Lucas Yanez

2014 All-Americans
Preseason and end-of-year All-Americans:
13-of-21
Not Preseason but end-of-year All-American: Taylor Averill, Henry Cassiday, Driss Guessous, Scott Kevorken, Jonah Seif, James Shaw, Josh Taylor

2013 All-Americans
Preseason and end-of-year All-Americans:
11-of-20
Not Preseason but end-of-year All-American: Michael Brinkley, Levi Cabral, Ben Patch, Steven Irvin, Collin Mehring, Evan Mottram, Connor Olbright, Geoff Powell, Spencer Rowe

2012 All-Americans
Preseason and end-of-year All-Americans:
14-of-21
Not Preseason but end-of-year All-American: Thomas Amberg, Kevin Tillie, BJ Boldog, Micah Christenson, Joseph Smalzer, Maurice Torres