share

Inside the College Game

Wed, 12/03/2008 - 9:15pm

By Brian Cerone


The Zags are Legit


Mark Few has done a remarkable job with the Gonzaga Basketball program since taking over in 1999. The Zags have become regulars in all the top 25 polls as well as the NCAA tournament. Few has accomplished something that wasn't supposed to be possible for small schools. What people might not know is that Few believes that this program has become something even more since he has taken it over: a National Championship contender, and he’s right.

 
 


Austin Daye and Steven Gray
 
With Sunday night's 83-74 win over 10th ranked Tennessee in the Old Spice Classic championship game in Florida, we saw a different type of Gonzaga team that we have become accustomed to. This is not an Adam Morrison team where one guy is taking all the shots while the four others watch him. This team is loaded on the offensive end.

Gonzaga has a roster of possibly six future NBA players, as many as any team in the country with the exception of North Carolina. During the Tennessee game, scoring came from everywhere. Let us start by talking about sophomore Stephen Gray. He had 19 points in 29 minutes, including 4 three balls. He was the star of the night for Gonzaga. It is hard to find a more productive guard in the country who comes off the bench.

Next, Josh Heytvelt added 15 points. He has seemed to put his off-court issues behind him. The biggest eye opener while watching Heytvelt this year is the expansion of his game beyond the arc (54.5% this year, 33.3% last year).

Consider that the college 3 point line has moved back this year and it makes his shooting all that more impressive. At 6’11 he is almost surely playing himself right back into the 1st round of next years draft, just like most scouts had predicted when he was playing great two years ago.

The heart and soul of the team is senior Jeremy Pargo. When Tennessee made a mini run at the end of the game, it was Pargo who was taking the big shots and settling his team down. His 10 points and seven assists didn’t come close to showing the effect he had on the game. This kid will most likely be joining his brother (Jannero) next year in the NBA. His toughness will win over some GM for sure.

Then we have my favorite Bulldog, Matt Bouldin. He does just about everything for the Zags. He is a good shooter, loves to get physical on the defensive end, and at 6’5 he plays the point when called upon. Bouldin is the most well-rounded player that Coach Few can put on the court.

The most intriguing NBA prospect playing for Gonzaga is sophomore Austin Daye, who could be a lottery pick when he decides to enter the draft. He wasn’t very active vs Tennessee (2 for 4 in 19 minutes), but that tells you just how talented this team is. To Daye’s credit, it was difficult to tell if he had scored 4 or 40 points by the way he was celebrating the championship with his teammates.

Few now finds himself leading a program that recruits nationally and plays a tough non-conference schedule that matches any team in the country. In 1999 he took over a program that had higher expectations than any other time in school history. Now, the expectations are even higher. So when you asked, not too long ago, if Few could keep America’s Cinderella team competitive. The answer was: Yes… and then some. Look out for the Zags this March - this is the best bunch that Coach Few has ever had in Spokane, and also the best team on the West Coast.

Now onto the Big Men On Campus. So far in the young season, here are my front runners for the Player of the Year Award:

1. Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin – He is a Pro in a college uniform… his numbers (25.7ppg, 19.2rpg, .692 fg%) are scary. I don’t know if anyone can keep this type of pace, but right now it’s hard to believe that anyone is near him in terms of National Player of the Year talk.

2. Davidson’s Stephen Curry - It is a sign of great respect for any player when the opposing team sets up a triangle-and-two defense that is designed to stop you and your teammate. So, what type of honor is it when the triangle-and-two defense is designed to stop you and YOU? Good to see Curry didn’t take the bait and just watched his teammates tear up Loyola MD, going scoreless while his team won by 30.

3.
Arizona State's James Harden is leaving little doubt about who the top shooting guard in the country is. His performance in the 76 Tourney in Anaheim scoring 32 and 40 in back to back nights against Baylor and UTEP was a loud statement about his ability to carry his team and be one of the top players in the country this year.

4.
North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough - With 34 points in the finals of the Maui Invitational, North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough reminded everyone why he is the reigning National Player of the Year. It looks like the shin is just fine. Expect him to climb this list.

5.
Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody – His performance vs. Texas (29 points, 13 rebounds) alone puts him on this list. He has been a monster so far this year. We can only hope that his latest illness isn’t anything serious that hinders his season.


Game Notes:


It’s too early to call anyone a disappointment, but Ohio State’s B.J. Mullens isn’t exactly convincing anyone in Columbus that he’s the next Greg Oden. After 4 games he has totaled 22 points and 14 rebounds. At times it appears his teammates aren't looking to get him the ball, but then again the times he has gotten it he hasn't set the world on fire. I’m hoping that I see something from him soon… real soon... I’ve now heard 3 commentators tell me with certainty that North Carolina’s Ty Lawson is the fastest player in the nation… let me introduce you to Johnny Flynn of Syracuse… The point guard for the Orange is an absolute blur…I don’t know if he is faster than Lawson, but I would pay a heavy dollar to watch these two face off on a suicide race... Derek Kellogg’s return to his alma mater UMass hasn’t been as smooth as he had hoped for. The Minutemen are 1-4 overall with losses to Wisconsin-Green Bay and at home to Jacksonville State. I’m sure Kellogg didn’t expect the slow start but one silver lining might be the emergence of his senior center, Tony Gaffney. The transfer from Boston University leads the nation in blocks with 5.00 per game... I’m hoping that senior Josh Shipp is just off to a slow start (2 for 9, 5 points in a loss to Michigan), but I’m afraid that he is reluctant to take control of a team that is in desperate need of it. The freshmen on UCLA are talented but not ready for stardom. If UCLA does get back to the Final Four it will be because Shipp stepped up as Ben Howland’s chief... With an injury ridden lineup, the Tarheels haven't skipped a beat. They have continued to dominate teams (Michigan State on Wednesday night) and look like the clear cut favorite to cut down the nets in March. Small forward Danny Green has been a big reason for that knocking down 18 of 32 3 pointers early in the season... I hope Memphis fans don’t expect this year’s freshman (Tyreke Evans) to come in and have the same impact as last year’s freshman (Derrick Rose). While Evans was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game, his game is very raw and needs at least 2 years of seasoning at the college level before he even thinks about making the jump to the pros... For those thinking that the Big East is overrated after an early Louisville stumble, and a loss by G’town to Tennessee, I would point them to the work of UConn, Pitt, Notre Dame, and Syracuse, and not question which conference is the most competitive in the country.

*
Check in next week for results and breakdowns from the ACC-Big Ten Challenge as well as the rest of college hoops.
lblaine
lblaine's picture
Registered User
Joined: 12/05/2008
Posts:
Points: 0
Offline
Griffin

Honestly, While I don't think he can keep up the pace, I believe Blake Griffin will win player of the year hands down. No one can hang with this kid. I think he could start for almost any team in the League right now and contribute. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of his season.

matthewanaya1
matthewanaya1's picture
Registered User
Joined: 12/02/2008
Posts: 38
Points: -11
Offline
Big East overrated?

Who says the Big East is overrated? C'mon man.

megal_1
megal_1's picture
Registered User
Joined: 11/25/2008
Posts: 1
Points: 0
Offline
e video converter for mac

e video converter for mac Convert all video formats from one to another on Mac OS X.

kerem
Registered User
Joined: 01/07/2009
Posts:
Points: 0
Offline
data

second oldest player on the 2008 Team's roster. The Redeem Team has six players 24 years old or younger. travesti Bryant aside, the sohbet most important players on this team are entering their sixth year or younger. &$#%#&@!o izle Whereas most of the players on the Dream Team were at the end of their careers or just entering their physical primes, no one on the Dream Team has tapped the lezbiyen surface of their potential seks except for Bryant and Kidd, sikiş who are Hall-of-Famers already. I apologize for all you fans stuck in the 80's... &$#%#&@!o This is a generation of faster,stronger,and more athletic players.. lezbiyenler Having said that I think the redeem team defensively would put the clamps on the slower,older halı yıkama dream team..people often say who would stop jordan? sex izle And I say to them who would stop lebron?...bird? Get real...who would stop wade?... Magic? That's laughable Who would stop chris paul?...stockton? maynet Come on... The only advantage they would have is down low and we all know the european game is based on the perimeter..not to mention branda the level of motivation the kiralık daire redeem team would be playing agaisnt the dream team ..redeem team by ten Cook, travesti but I condone what he's doing to the fullest. If A guy can play in the nba, it's çet executives will make it possible contract or not. It's all about building the best 15 man roster than you yourself truly believe can lead you Sohbet odaları to the promised land. Because of Jennings and all of the one-and-done players kurye in college basketball a new limit will be enstore for all of us to complain about. Within the next ten years I believe the limit will either be risen to 20, with two kurye years of college experiance or lowered once again back down to the orginal limit of 18 and no college experiance. It's not the GM's, or the Coach's fault for drafting a player who turns out to be a bust, but 9/10 times "except in Elgian Baylors case,

derty
Registered User
Joined: 01/14/2009
Posts:
Points: -1
Offline
senior

player on the 2008 Team's roster. The Redeem Team has six players 24 years old or younger. travesti Bryant aside, the sohbet most important players on this team are entering their sixth sikiş branda &$#%#&@!o izle sohbet &$#%#&@!olar sıcak videolar sıcak video sıcak video sıcak videolar ateşli videolar ateşli video &$#%#&@!o video &$#%#&@!o videolar &$#%#&@!o videoları &$#%#&@!o videolar &$#%#&@!o video sex videoları sex videolar erotik videolar erotik video kızlık bozma sex filmi sex filmleri sex film &$#%#&@!o filmi &$#%#&@!o film &$#%#&@!o filmleri grup sex grup sex seks filmi seks filmleri seks izle team would be playing agaisnt the dream team ..redeem team by ten Cook Because of Jennings and all of the one-and-done players kurye in college basketball a new limit will be enstore for all of us to complain about. Within the next ten years I believe the limit

derty
Registered User
Joined: 01/14/2009
Posts:
Points: -1
Offline
ses kontrolk

sikiş sikiş izle sohbet chat sohbet odaları Film izle Dizi izle Online Film &$#%#&@!o izle sex izle 89 &$#%#&@!o team would be playing agaisnt the dream team ..redeem team by ten Cook Because of Jennings and all of the one-and-done players kurye in college basketball a new limit will be enstore for all of us to complain about. Within the next ten years I believe the limit

travesti
travesti's picture
Registered User
Joined: 01/20/2009
Posts: 3
Points: 0
Offline
Thank you very much for this

Thank you very much for this useful article
very good traffic in travesti
istanbul zeus pub bebek gecce and forums travestis travesti forum
turkkey hits cenneti.

J.Lopez
Joined: 01/23/2009
Posts: 54
Points: -8
Offline
NBA

Teammates Malik Hairston and Maarty Luenen unexpectedly heard their names called but Taylor didn’t.
Chat Sohbet Muhabbet Egitim Egitim eJJe Egitim ATATURK Ruya Tabirleri
Siirler Hikayeler Fikralar Programlar Guzel Sozler Resimler freetemplates Taylor was arguably Oregon’s best player last season, but his 6-foot-4 frame makes him a undersized at the next level. Nonetheless, his scoring ability, length and athleticism give him a chance to make in in the league.

batumania
Registered User
Joined: 03/20/2009
Posts:
Points: 0
Offline
porno izle

thank you very
sex izle sex sex izle

canan
Registered User
Joined: 04/28/2009
Posts: 2
Points: 0
Offline
Nummer one

Thank you Nbadraft posting

travesti

meimeia
Registered User
Joined: 10/23/2009
Posts:
Points: -2
Offline
Tiffany Online Store

Tiffany Online Store provides brand new tiffany & co silver jewelry with high quality. Enjoy your tiffany jewelry shopping with quick shipping and best
tiffany jewelry,tiffany co jewelry,
Tiffany Style Silver Jewelry: Rings, Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets and more Tiffany Jewelry at low prices
Tiffany Jewellery.tiffany co
Tiffany Rings,
Tiffany & Co Jewelry Outlet Online Store Sells Various Kinds of Cheap Tiffany's Silver Jewelry, Including Rings, Necklaces, Pendants, Earrings Tiffany Bracelets
Tiffany Necklaces

akif
Registered User
Joined: 11/04/2009
Posts: 3
Points: -2
Offline
12hope
Joined: 11/23/2009
Posts: 18
Points: -7
Offline
Thank you very much for this

Thank you very much for this information.
Good post thanks for sharing.
I like this site ;)
-----------
promosyon promosyon ürünleri
seo seo danışmanlığı
Otomatik kapı Otomatik cam kapı sistemleri
Turkish medical company directory Turkish medical company directory
giydirme oyunları çoğunlukla kız ve giydirme oyunları oynanabilecek bir oyun sitesi.
okey oyna okey oyna
zayıflama çayı zayıflama çayı
&$#%#&@!o video izle &$#%#&@!o video izle
kırklareli üniversitesi kırklareli üniversitesi
domuz gribi aşısı domuz gribi aşısı

-----------

hanlyone
Registered User
Joined: 03/23/2010
Posts: 4
Points: -2
Offline
Excellent post,thanks for

Excellent post,thanks for sharing.
pdf to tiff
ipod manager
Perfect !! Now i add it to bookmark!
YouTube to MP4 Converter

RSS: Syndicate content