HAHA, this was pretty epic, even if I disagree with some of these choices. My Final Four would probably be:
(I was born at the end of the 80's, never saw any of those guys, haha)
My championship would be between Redick and Noah, and I honestly couldn't tell you who would win that one. I think Redick though, even though he's grown up since he's gone pro. He was a mega douchenozzle in college
The best thing about it is Duke has its own region.
I'm surprised they managed to narrow it down to just 8 with Duke too, XD
Marcus Williams from UCONN was hated? I always really liked him and am still disappointed he's never made it in the league, despite his laptop theft.
I loved his true point guard abilities. His crossover was slow and all of a sudden at the same time. He had a good feel for the game and was I thought a good passer with a good look that passed guys open. I guess we all just miss sometimes, I thought Ed Cota from UNC was all world.
Ask the people who's laptops he stole and try to resell why he's hated, lmao. That's the only explanation I can come up with
@chilbert, i agree. Some of the choices didnt make much sense to me
That is so awesome!
Grantland has always had a thing against Duke. Especially Shane Ryan and Bill Simmons.
It's quite funny actually because the butthurt comes through so plainly.
I also have been meaning to bring this up and might make a separate topic for it in the future.
Why do white fans and white journalists seem to hate on white players more than any other? I mean just look at that bracket. It's 70% white people. I'm not white, but even I have noticed this.
I have a bunch of theories, but I just wanted to put this out there as food for thought because I think it is very interesting.
I picked that up to and I'm black. I really like hard workers and Craft, Wojo, Paulus fit that so well so I have nothing but respect for those guys. That big board is really really white, I think some writer's probably have some self hating thing going on but also that some of those guys get really, really hyped or at least that's a common perception. I'm not sure why but it is sort of a trend I noticed as well. Could be the remains of that whole Kurt Rambis type of pesky defender, pisser off type guy thing also, that's a lot less cynical and a better reason but there is something to what your talking about. Guys like Ferry, Leattner and Redick did come off as smug but so did a whole bunch of players over the years including jay Williams of Duke.
I'm glad Austin Rivers made it after one season but i loved Hansbrough. He would post up a pick up truck, it didn't matter to him, coaches try to teach bigs post, post and re post, but he lived it, every possession.
I'm white and I'm not sure. I'm that way too, I've just never liked the majority of white players and I don't really know why.
For me most good white college players tend to be non-athletic, defensive, chirpy, little point guards. I think most white people (myself included) look at these players and think what is different about that guy to me and they resent someone who looks like Wojo or Craft being good college players, even Adam Morrison looked like he should be the Bassist for some heavy metal band. Also most white players tend to be over celebrated by the media and pumped up to be something they are not, white american players I believe get more media credit than good black ones or European ones. Finally a lot of white guys play for Duke and most people hate Duke (again myself included), the white guards at Duke represent everything people hate about Duke, they are overcelebrated, cocky, rich prep school kids, they never make it in the NBA and usually end up back on Coach K's bench as assistant's.
Aaron Craft? Don't understand why he's there.
i don't see how allen iverson is there. he is probably one of the most loved college players ever. anybody who is not a duke fan who has been following the game of college basketball long enough would say christian laettner is most hated on that bracket! austin rivers is pretty hated though also. funny bracket to ponder though.
I actually hate Aaron Craft so I understand that. He, like Paulus just fall into the Wojo hole of little white "grinder" defensive player who isn't actually very good, could never play in the NBA, and is loved by his fanbase/the media.
I flipped the switch on Noah as soon as the Bulls picked him, but he and Hansbrough is a toss up. The Duke thing is so hard because really Redick, Wojo, and Laettner are all in the running...and I'm a Duke fan lol.
I REALLY hated Noah when he was at Florida but I've changed my mind on him, really respect how he has improved as a player and matured. Didn't like Reddick but have again changed my opinion of him since he went to the league. My vote is Rivers.
Would love to see who everyone would vote in the first round, here's mine
Laettner beats Paulus
Wojo beats Battier
Ferry beats Rivers
Hurley beats Redick
Ewing beats Ainge
Douglas beats Ellison
Coleman beats Graham
Miller beats Fox
Cheaney beats Rose
Montross beats Camby
Cleaves beats Curley
Iverson beats Johnson
Hansbrough beats Williams
Devendorf beats Hinrich
Morrison beats Walton
Noah beats Craft
I put dellavedova from st Mary's in this category. He's just not that good to me. I see him in the highlights and the announcers rave about Jim but that guy sucks and won't be sniffing an MBA roster in my opinion
I dont know why white guys are hated so much, that's a good question. I was puzzled by some of the choices on there too- Paulus and Craft stick out. They seem like good guys. I wonder if it plays into the cultural stereotype that white guys can't play basketball? I don't hate white guys: I hate d-bags. People of any color can be terrible people.
Honestly, I'm SHOCKED Kris Humphries didn't make the list. The story of how the entire Kansas team in '03 went up to Roy Williams and told him not to recruit Humphries (because he was such an @$$hole) is pure hater gold, lol
One explanation for all the hated white guys could just be that there's more high profile white athletes in College, they tend to stick around longer because they're less talented. All the talented Black athletes leave for the NBA as soon as they're eligible or never went to College (I bet JR Smith would've made this list if he went to school).
I also think the writers are trying to avoid being racist, its not a bad way to lean. Do you guys think they've left anybody off the list because of this tilt?