Off The Boards
By Jack Scheuer
March 12, 2104 Edition
It is virtually impossible to pick this season’s all Big 5 team by naming just five players. The biggest problem is not picking which players to be on the team, but who you would have to leave off. Therefore, I’m going to name 7 performers that I think should be named as the top Big 5 players in 2013-14. This is not setting a precedent. There have been 5 times in the past that 7 players were named, although it hasn’t been done since the 1971-72 season. So here we go: James Bell, Villanova’s sharp-shooting swingman, who does a lot of other things including playing tough defense; Halil Kanacevic, St. Joe’s power forward who leads his team in rebounds, assists, and blocks, and filled up the box score throughout the season; JayVaughn Pinkston, Villanova’s strong-man who plays much bigger than his 6-7,240, should allow; Langston Galloway, another Hawk, who finished his final regular season with a solid year, led the team in scoring, and was one of the top 3-point shooters in the A-10; Tyreek Duren, the LaSalle point guard and leader, who capped off his excellent career with another real good effort; Ronald Roberts, St. Joe’s center, an excellent rebounder and defender with a very high shooting percentage; Darrun Hilliard, the Wildcat junior who got better and better as the season went on, noticeably increasing his scoring average while leading the team in steals.
It is also difficult to pick the Outstanding Player (Geasey Award),. The choice here would be Bell, just edging out Kanacevic.
A side-note: If Drexel’s Frantz Massenat was playing in the Big 5, he would definitely be included on the team.
Newcomer of the Year would be DeAndre’ Bembry, Will Cummings the Most Improved, and Jay Wright as the Coach of the Year.
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Anybody who has caught Frank Martin’s act in the past should not be at all surprised by his performance on the sideline that got the South Carolina coach a one game suspension. Kudos to the Athletic Director for taking that action, but the A.D. also gets a big fat minus for hiring the guy in the first place. He wasn’t aware of some of Martin’s past performances? How would you like to be a player who commits a turnover right before a timeout, then have to report to this crazy-eyed bully waiting for him on the sideline? I would also think that any potential recruits would be completely turned off by this type of conduct. He’s beyond scary.
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Trivia Time: Which Division One player has played in the most NCAA Tournament games? Answer at the end of the column.
How do you like Bob Knight as a color analyst? Not to be critical, (but it’s always nice to be able to criticize a guy like Happy Bob) but you must have noticed how often he uses the word “bucket” during a broadcast. It must be an Indiana thing. Suggestions to Bob: basket, hoop, rim, goal , rack. cup, Anything but bucket.
And now that that I think of about it , Knight would probably see nothing wrong with coach Martin’s methods.
Answer to Trivia Time: Duke’s Christian Laettner played in 23 NCAA Tournament games.