Frosh are good but not that good
Mayo of USC, James Harden of Arizona State, Eric Gordon of Indiana and Derrick Rose of Memphis are going to crop up on a lot of All America teams in March, and Michael Beasley of Kansas State may bag both JRW Award and Naismith Award hardware in April.
Yeah, it a heck of a class, probably better than last season (that included unanimous POY Kevin Durant of Texas, as well as Greg Oden and Mike Conley, who led Ohio State to the national title game) group.
Some NBA talent evaluators and decision makers think as many as a dozen freshmen could be selected in league draft first round in June.
But it not as impressive as was the high school class of 1979, whose members were college freshmen in 1979 80.
Let me toss out some of the names: Ralph Sampson, Sam Bowie, James Worthy, Dominique Wilkins, Isaiah Thomas, Terry Cummings, nike j guard review Byron Scott, Antoine Carr and Cliff Levingston.
And let don forget that then UCLA Coach Larry Brown started four freshmen, Darren Daye, Cliff Pruitt, Michael Holton and Rod Foster, when the Bruins advanced to the NCAA title game, where they eventually lost to a Louisville team that was led by a senior who was the eventual John R. Wooden Award winner, Darrell Griffith.
His team has one win in its first six Big West Conference games but no player in the conference is drawing the kind off defensive attention that is being paid to Long Beach State Donovan Morris.
The 6 foot 3 transfer from Fresno State is averaging 21.7 points in conference play, second to just Alex Harris of UC Santa Barbara.
Because Harris has a lot more offensive firepower on the court with him, he doesn draw the multiple defenders that Morris does, or guarding approach that some coaches have used to combat Morris. That when a defender, basically, turns his back on the rest of action and just shadows Morris in an effort to keep him from catching a pass within 18 to 20 feet of the basket.
And, nike zoom all out following Coach Dan Monson dismissal of junior Artis Gant and freshman Darnell Porter last week (they were averaging about seven points apiece), that defensive focus on Morris is likely to become even more pronounced.
But Morris doesn seem overtly frustrated and doesn many shots outside the context of the team offense structure.
feel for Donovan, Monson said Tuesday.
got to be frustrated, with the face guarding and with as much as he is fouled. He is fouled on virtually every possession but the refs can call them all.
Among Big West players, only Harris (132) has attempted more free throws than has Morris (109).
As he did Saturday after his team 100 61 loss at Cal State Northridge Saturday night, Monson refused to elaborate on his decision to remove Gant and Porter from the team.
But other sources familiar with the situation say the dismissals were not tied together, and were not the result of any academic or legal issues.
The 49ers play the Cal State Fullerton Titans in the Walter Pyramid Thursday night.
With the departure of Porter and Gant, Lauren Heard, a June graduate of Jordan High and an all Moore League selection last season, decided to nike shoes drawing take himself off the redshirt list and he made his 49er debut with six points and an assist in 20 minutes Saturday at CSN.
The Matadors moved to a 1 game lead atop the Big West standings Monday night while watching (via ESPN) Cal Poly win at Pacific.
Coach Bobby Braswell team (14 4 overall and 6 0 in conference) plays host to UC Irvine and Fullerton Thursday and Saturday (swapping opponents with Long Beach).
The Matadors enjoy the kind of athletic advantage over the rest of the conference that the 49ers had a year ago while going 12 2 in the regular season. They don have any one player as dominating as Aaron Nixon was much of last season for Long Beach.
But they deeper, 1 to 10, than were the 49ers.
I remember seeing the players, in July before their sophomore years, go at one another in a Las Vegas Big Time Tournament game as members of the Cincinnati based D1 Greyhounds and Arizona Magic traveling teams, respectively.
At the time, Mayo was already the most publicized high school player in the country while Bayless was, in large part because of his appearance at the Dinos Trigonis fall and spring events in the Long Beach area, still just a regional name.