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TGS 2013 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM...AND REMEMBERING BIG LEW
by Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com Editor


TGS 2013 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

MARCUS SMART, 6-4 Fr., Oklahoma State

BEN McLEMORE, 6-5 Fr., Kansas

NIK STAUSKAS, 6-6 Fr., Michigan

NERLENS NOEL, 6-10 Fr., Kentucky

ANTHONY BENNETT, 6-8 Fr. UNLV

CLEANTHONY EARLY, 6-8 Jr., Wichita State


NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State...Not the clear call for us that this award has often been in recent years. Cases could be made for all of those above, and maybe a few others who didn't make it further than the regional honors we list later in this piece. Perhaps the most-impactful frosh, while healthy, was Kentucky's Noel, whose influence on the defensive end demanded his inclusion in our final list even though he didn't play after February 12 due to a knee injury. Big 12 newcomers Smart and McLemore also had superb debuts, and UNLV's Bennett (who has already announced his move to the pro ranks) could be the top pick in June's NBA Draft. In the end, however, we opt for the sometimes understated but very significant contributions of Wichita's Early, whose physical presence on the blocks helped create a new mindset for Shocker teams that had not been advancing past the early rounds of recent NCAA Tourneys. The fact Wichita could proceed to the Final Four after losing its top five scorers from last season, with Early the most important addition to the mix, helped sway us as much as the JC transfer's workmanlike efforts on both ends of the court. All of the above are stars, but none helped change the dynamics of an entire team and impact the course of the Big Dance as did Early.

The "All-Newcomer Team" is a staple of ours at TGS since our inception 56 years ago, and recalls some of our fondest memories. Especially as we annually name this team at or near the end of our publishing season, when we are usually in a reflective mood. Indeed, it's hard for us not to reminisce at this time of year as we look back upon the countless editions of TGS and recall the past All-Newcomer teams.

While we struggled with naming a "Newcomer MVP" this season, we have often not had to spend much time deciding that honor. And never was the vote more easily unanimous than it was 46 years ago, in the 1966-67 campaign, when UCLA's 7-foot-2 Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) provided the most dominating debut by a college star since we began publishing TGS in 1957.

(With no disrespect intended, and for the purpose of simply keeping this article within the context of the times in 1966-'67, we will refer to Abdul-Jabbar by his former name of Alcindor in the rest of this piece).

In retrospect, we wonder if we might have been long shortchanging our 1966-67 team, which has never before made it into our "best" Newcomer teams (until this issue). We reconsidered, as Alcindor's presence alone made the 1966-67 team as formidable as any others we list, especially since Big Lew was accompanied by a couple of long-serving future NBA counterparts in functional Louisville G Butch Beard and rugged Toledo F Steve Mix, arguably one of the most physical players in the modern history of the game. Beard (1972) and Mix (1975) were also each named to an NBA All-Star team in their respective pro careers. Given Alcindor's dominance during his debut campaign, plus Beard and Mix, we suspect the 1966-67 team would stack up favorably with any others on our all-time "best" list, which appears later in this publication at the end of the listing of past "All-Newcomer" teams.

We suspect that since Alcindor's college exploits preceded the ESPN generation, weaned on Michael Jordan and other stars since the '80s, that most media sorts and modern-day college hoops "insiders" such as Seth Davis and Andy Katz simply have no frame of reference for Alcindor's achievements while at UCLA, other than perhaps to lump Big Lew's three NCAA titles as a Bruin with the full complement of ten national championships won by HC John Wooden from 1964-75. Indeed, we've even heard some respected (more so than Seth Davis or Andy Katz) college hoops aficionados overlook Alcindor and his dominance, noting simply that "it was UCLA" that was winning in those years, while neglecting to even mention Big Lew alongside Jordan, Magic Johnson, or Larry Bird. Somehow, in the minds of many, Alcindor's accomplishments in college were perhaps minimized because he played at UCLA, where, the thought goes, it was Wooden and the Bruin system that made the champions.

We respectfully disagree with any such assertions. While acknowledging the two national titles that UCLA won in 1964 and '65, prior to Alcindor's enrollment, it was mostly because of Big Lew that the Bruins would become a dynasty for the ages, separated from the early '60s Cincinnati sides and the mid '50s, Bill Russell-led USF teams and any successive powerhouse programs that stayed on top for only a couple of seasons.

Simply, the most important UCLA player of them all was Big Lew. Alcindor, in our opinion, was also the most-impactful college player of all time...certainly more so than Jordan, Bird, or Big Lew's future NBA teammate, Magic Johnson, whose combined accomplishments in college did not approach those of Alcindor.

Remember, the college sports landscape was much different (in many ways) for the first 15 or so years we were publishing TGS, because until the 1972-73 season, freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition. They would instead compete against other all-"frosh" teams, or, in some instances, lower-level college or junior college entries.

And perhaps the most famous "frosh" team of all-time was the powerhouse UCLA "Brubabes" featuring Alcindor in 1965-66. Wooden had assembled a powerhouse recruiting class after his second consecutive NCAA title in 1965, with the 7-2 Alcindor, lured across country by Wooden from Power Memorial in New York City, the centerpiece. Sports Illustrated, in those days the validator of major national storylines and which would usually pay about as much attention to freshman sports as it would tiddlywinks, nonetheless devoted a feature in its December 5 issue to Alcindor and his fellow frosh, right after coverage about the previous week's biggest story, Muhammad Ali's 12th-round stoppage of Floyd Patterson in the heavyweight title bout at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Yes, Alcindor was already big news before he played a game; SI even labeled him as "the most publicized Los Angeles newcomer since Vivian Leigh was picked for the female lead in Gone With The Wind."

Of course, Alcindor and his frosh teammates (who included other future Bruin stars such as Lucius Allen, Lynn Shackelford, and Kenny Heitz) debuted in a fashion that required national coverage. UCLA was opening its brand-new on-campus facility, Pauley Pavilion, for the 1965-66 season, and was the overwhelming preseason number one in the polls. To christen the new facility, Wooden decided he wanted to showcase his bumper crop of frosh against the defending national champion varsity Bruins. The frosh-vs.-varsity game would also be televised live to a local audience in Los Angeles. Although the varsity Bruins were a bit under-strength with G Freddie Goss missing the game due to illness, and Wooden did more substituting than he might in a normal regular-season game, the best team on the court that night was the UCLA frosh. The Brubabes more than held their own against the varsity first string, whose frontliners Doug McIntosh and Mike Lynn had been featueed in the '65 bNCAA title game, were almost helpless against Alcindor, who scored 31 points, snared 21 rebounds and blocked 7 shots. Allen added 16 points, lefty Shackelford (and his arching "moon balls" from deep in the corner) scored 12 more, and the Brubabes waltzed to a 75-60 win. That UCLA frosh team would go on to an undefeated season, destroying almost every foe, and preceded a glorious Alcindor varsity era that began the next season (1966-67) when the Bruins would win the first of three straight NCAA titles with Big Lew.

Lew's varsity debut the following season was no less heralded. Media outlets of the day covered UCLA as extensively as possible in that era. Sports Illustrated, in fact, was so smitten with the Alcindor storyline that its 1966-67 preview edition featured a rare fold-out cover of Big Lew, superimposed over a picture of a Bruin cheerleader, with only Alcindor's legs and a ball appearing on the front before the rest of Lew appeared in the fold-out section with the accompanying "The New Superstar" headline.

We wonder if Seth Davis and Andy Katz have ever bothered to check out that edition of SI.

Wooden, however, only made a few concessions to Lew's presence. Alcindor played a low post on offense, with cutting guards steering clear of him so as not to crowd his territory. On normal defense he mostly played a one-man zone under the basket despite efforts to draw him out. Otherwise there was little change from the familiar, successful UCLA game plan. If opponents tried to let the air out of the ball, the Bruins could press with a half-court trap. And UCLA still used the famous Wooden zone press as it always had--after it scored and as a surprise at other times.

Alcindor prepped for the assignment by playing a man-to-man press in high school and with the 21-0 Brubabes. Depending on where he was when the Bruins scored, for the full-court press he either played the safety-man position or at the extreme other end of the court, covering the man who was trying to throw the ball in bounds. Getting the ball past Alcindor's wingspread quickly unnerved various opposing teams.

Lew's offensive moves were also refined, although it would be another year before he began to develop (at the behest of Wooden) his signature "sky hook," which became a necessity after the college powers legislated the dunk out of the game following Alcindor's 1966-67 soph varsity debut season, ostensibly as a reaction to Big Lew's dominance. Which always reminded us of a quote from Jim Brown's excellent book, Out of Bounds, in which he was talking about his old friend Wilt Chamberlain, and how rules were changed to widen the key a decade earlier in an attempt to somewhat neutralize Wilt. "Anytime a guy makes them change the rules," said Brown of Chamberlain, "you know he's Nasty." Brown could have also been talking about Alcindor and the dunk rule that was altered because of Lew's dominance.

It's worth noting that none of the modern stars like Michael Jordan who are worshipped by the ESPN generation ever forced the game to change its rules as did Alcindor (or Chamberlain, for that matter).

Alcindor had some help from his talented classmates, although it should be mentioned that the 1966-67 Bruins were minus a couple of expected important contributors when holdover F Edgar Lacey was still rehabbing a knee injury from the previous season and fellow F Mike Lynn was deemed ineligible before the campaign commenced. Although their absence didn't slow UCLA one bit. Alcindor was dominating, soph teammate Allen was developing an instant rapport with junior backcourt mate Mike Warren, and with defenses sagging on Big Lew, Shackelford was getting plenty of clear looks for his "moon balls" from the corner.

Big Lew, however, was in a different stratosphere. In the first game of the Alcindor era, the Bruins and crosstown Southern Cal met in a non-conference game (as they sometimes would in those years, in addition to occasional collisions in the old Los Angeles Holiday Classic at the L.A. Sports Arena). All Big Lew did in his varsity debut was score 56 points vs. Boyd's SC in a 105-90 Bruins romp at a frenzied Pauley Pavilion.

Although Alcindor didn't tally 50+ points every night in his varsity debut season, he was scoring (29 ppg) and rebounding (15.5 pg) plenty while hitting a spectacular 66.7% from the floor. Moreover, nobody was coming close to the Big Lew Bruins, who had assumed the top ranking in the polls in December and appeared to be unchallenged. Moreover, Alcindor was inviting all sorts of tricks and gimmick defenses by opposing coaches, but to no avail, as Big Lew dominated at both ends of the court.

One opposing coach, however, had a radical idea how to best combat the Alcindor Bruins, dusting off the old "deep freezell" that had been in mothballs for several years. Although, to this day, we do not suggest referring to the particular February 4, 1967 game at the LA Sports Arena between crosstown USC and UCLA as a "stall" in front of then-Trojan HC Bob Boyd, a friend who will affix an icy stare and remind you to choose your words more carefully. "We didn't call it a stall," Boyd still says, forcefully. "It was a slowdown."

Call it whatever, but Boyd reckoned (quite correctly) that the best way to combat the Alcindor Bruins was to take the air out of the ball. The lack of a shot clock in those days, and rules that made it possible to simply hold the ball, made the slowdown/stall worth a look, even if it had rarely been employed since teams used it in desperation against Wilt Chamberlain's Kansas teams a decade earlier.

Soon after the opening tip, Boyd unveiled his strategy. It helped that the Trojans never let the Bruins out of their sights in the first few minutes. And when SC had the ball, Boyd simply spread the court, keeping his center above the foul line, daring Alcindor to come out of the low post to play defense.

"I told (center) Ron Taylor," Boyd said to us not long ago, "to just wait for Alcindor to come out and get him. If it meant holding the damned ball for five minutes, then he was going to hold it."

The Bruins mostly refused to take the bait. Alcindor would mostly venture out only as far as the free-throw line, where he stood, occasionally bending over to touch the palms of his hands to the floor, but Taylor wouldn't budge, on several occasions merely holding the ball while nothing transpired, just as ordered by Boyd.

Boyd's genius, however, was reflected when Big Lew finally would move away from the low post. "We would then cut and back cut to the basket until we got a layup," said Boyd. The strategy was working; SC took a stunning 17-14 lead into halftime.

Sensing his team was in trouble, Wooden opted for a quicker lineup in the second half, benching Shackelford and Heitz for the quicker Donny Saffer and Bill Sweek, but the Trojans wouldn't budge. The game stayed in the balance until the final minute, when a pair of Allen free throws knotted the game at 31 apiece. The Trojans had the ball for the final shot, but forward Bill Hewitt's jumper rolled in and out, and overtime beckoned.

To the rescue in OT for UCLA rode the unheralded Sweek, who converted two steals into layups in the extra session to finally allow the Bruins to break clear and claim a 40-35 win (part of multiple memorable heroics provided by Sweek, who would also beat Purdue with a buzzer-beating jumper in the next season's opener, a game detailed by us two years ago in another feature story recalling Rick Mount's debut game as a Boilermaker). The slowdown had also limited the contributions of Alcindor, who made only four field goals and scored only 13 points.

And the shock waves from the stall were felt across the college basketball landscape...all due to Alcindor.

Boyd came under severe criticism for his strategy, with Wooden pouring fuel on the fire. Asked if he thought other coaches would also consider stalling, Wooden agreed...sort of. "Yes," said the Wizard, "but I don't think most coaches will try it. Too many coaches think too much of basketball to do it."

Boyd was vilified, and controversy raged, especially at the following week's L.A. Basketball Writers Luncheon, when Trojan AD Jess Hill came to the defense of his coach. "Any team that attempts to run against UCLA is doomed for devastation," said Hill. "I don't see much difference in stalling the last four minutes of the game--all coaches do it--or at the beginning."

All, again, due to Alcindor.

Motivated by Boyd's slowdown tactics, however, several underdog coaches were emboldened to try the same thing later that season. Dartmouth, beaten 74 points by Princeton in the first meeting, employed its own stall in the rematch and gave the Tigers a much better fight. Penn tried the same thing vs. Butch Van Breda Kolff's Ivy heavyweight Tigers and was within a point with barely over a minute remaining before losing, 25-16. The next year, at the 1968 ACC Tournament in March, NC State coach Norm Sloan took the concept to extremes, ordering the deep freeze against a Duke team that had crushed the Wolfpack in the regular season. Sloan was hellbent to get Vic Bubas' Blue Devils out of their zone defense, and the strategy paid off. Final score: NC State 12, Duke 10! Cries for the installation of a shot clock were reaching deafening volumes, thanks in part to Boyd bringing the slowdown/stall out of the dustbin against Alcindor's UCLA.

Wooden thought he had an answer to any would-be imitators of Boyd and the stall. When Oregon coach Steve Belko tried the same stall trick a few weeks later in 1967 at Eugene, the Bruins found themselves in another tight game, leading only 18-14 at the half. Wooden, however, had conferred with his AD, J.D. Morgan, and decided to fight fire with, for the lack of a better term, a lack of fire. So, for the first time in his long career, other than end-of-game situations, Wooden ordered his UCLA team into a stall. In one excruciating nine-minute stretch of the second half at Mac Court, nary a shot was attempted, as Wooden seemed intent on sending a message that his team could employ the stall even more effectively than could any opponent, if the Wizard so wished. The Bruins won at Oregon, 34-25; no one "stalled" the Bruins for the remainder of Alcindor's sophomore debut season.

(Although, in subsequent years, a handful of teams would try the same scheme, and Boyd would eventually make it work in the final game of the 1968-69 season, Alcindor's last regular-season game at home, when USC won 46-44 in the Bruins' first-ever loss at Pauley Pavilion).

Aside from the slowdown employed by SC, Alcindor's Bruins of 1966-67 were rarely challenged, rolling undefeated through the AAWU (as it was then called before changing its name to the Pacific Eight in 1968) and into the NCAA Tournament. In the Big Dance, at the West Regionals in Corvallis, UCLA opened its quest for a third NCAA crown in four seasons by beating WAC champion Wyoming...109-60! The Cowboys were behind 30-6 almost before they knew what hit them. The Bruins used their old favorite, the full-court zone press, to best advantage in that game, causing 19 turnovers by Wyoming. Well ahead, the Bruins moved into a three-one-one zone that gave away corner shots but closed off nearly everything else. Alcindor played the last "one" in the zone to further frustrate the Cowboys.

It was more of the same in the regional final vs. Dick Edwards' WCC champion Pacific Tigers, who had beaten Don Haskins' defending NCAA champ Texas Western in the preceding round and actually held their own for a while behind their own star C, Keith Swagerty. Still, dealing with Big Lew proved too much in a handy 80-64 Bruins win.

How to best slow Alcindor was topic number one entering the Final Four. SI's Frank Deford even devoted space to the dilemma confronting other coaches prior to the festivities in Louisville's Freedom Hall, the Final Four host site that year, as it had often been over the previous decade.

Deford concluded his Final Four preview thusly.

But what about Alcindor? Seattle's Lionel Purcell says run on him. Bob Boyd, whose Southern California team came closest to beating UCLA, advocates the ploy he used in that game: "Be ball-control-conscious," he says. "And you must zone and double-team Lew." Pete Newell, the California athletic director, thinks that's ridiculous "What good does it do," he asks, "putting a man in front of Alcindor so he can play his belly button?" Newell also votes against a press, because the UCLA guards, notably Mike Warren, would break it in a moment. Says Red Auerbach: "You might be able to congest the middle." Pause. "No, Alcindor is so big and strong, he'd still get the ball and you would be just fouling and fouling trying to keep him from getting it."

In the Final Four, the Bruins rolled past an expected serious challenge from Elvin Hayes and the Houston Cougars, 73-58 (part one of a trilogy vs. the Cougs; when time and space permit, we'll revisit acts two and three vs. UH the next season), and in the finale past Dayton, 79-64, a game nowhere near that close. Wooden had shown mercy on Flyer HC Don Donoher by removing Alcindor from the game with UCLA comfortably ahead 70-46 with just over five minutes to play, and then cleared his bench entirely when the lead mushroomed to 76-47.

With Sports Illustrated lamenting on its Final Four cover "How Alcindor Paralyzed the NCAA", Deford found it easy to concede that the Bruins and Alcindor were something extraordinary.

Still, no matter how good so many of the Bruins are and how well they are coached by John Wooden, their game is Lew Alcindor. As a sophomore, he dominates the college sport much more than Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain do the pros--if only because collegians do not often encounter such a phenomenon. Of course, they learn fast enough. It did not take Houston long last Friday night to abandon its plan of attacking Alcindor and to move Elvin Hayes farther out for his shots. Against Dayton, Lew was credited with only four blocked shots, but they all came early. Some observers, watching Alcindor for the first time, evinced disappointment at this performance--only four blocked shots, indeed! Presumably they would also have been disenchanted with Aaron Burr for employing only one bullet to make a telling point with Alexander Hamilton. Lew has no more interest in overkill than Bertrand Russell does.

It is doubtful that Alcindor was ever tested fully all season, but the languid, almost bored attitude that he appears to affect on court is misleading. His teammates suggest that this is, simply, his style, and that he is not only alert and ready to assume command when necessary, but that he is feigning indifference to lure the opposition to him. He is not only a smart player but utterly selfless. "We play team," he says, succinctly. "We don't play one man. You lose playing one man." It is significant that when the huge Houston front line was collapsing all over him, when he was also supposed to be in a grudge duel with Hayes, that he still refused to accept such a meaningless challenge. Again and again, holding the ball high, poised, turning, looking, thinking, he would make the right play--shoot or pass to the open man.

Alcindor's influence is so pervasive that it is difficult to determine how good his teammates really are. For instance, Forward Lynn Shackelford made 16 baskets in 29 attempts in the two games, most of them on beautiful, long left-handed jumps. A great shooter? Who knows? Shackelford rarely has to shoot with a hand in his face. True, his shooting took some pressure off Lew inside, but the man guarding Shackelford was always halfway back, preparing to help out against Alcindor."


Against Houston in the national semis, a game that figured to be the Bruins' biggest test, HC Guy Lewis thought his big and physical Cougs, with Hayes leading the charge, could go "right at" Alcindor and perhaps draw him into foul problems. No dice. Although UH hung tough for a while and even forged a 19-18 lead midway through the first half, a sudden 11-0 burst by the Bruins, with Alcindor blocking a couple of shots, deflecting passes on the press, and dunking another shot, allowed the Bruins to pull clear and ease away to victory. As mentioned, Dayton, with its star F Don May, was even less of a match in the finale, trailing 38-20 by the half and never having a look at the game.

Thus, the Alcindor scorecard for his "newcomer" season included AAWU and NCAA championships, an unblemished 30-0 record, All-American and Player of the Year, not to mention influencing a major rules change to outlaw the dunk shot as well as triggering the resurrection of the "stall" (sorry Coach Boyd, "slowdown") from dormant status.

Of course, the Alcindor legacy at UCLA would only be embellished further in the subsequent two years, when the Bruins also won national titles. Alcindor also was at the center of a bidding war between the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and the ABA's New York Nets' that some believed if Big Lew had actually opted for the ABA, it would have triggered a merger between the leagues perhaps five or six years earlier than it eventually did in 1976. But those are other tales we will revisit one day soon, when time and space permit.

In conclusion, do you really want to believe those guys who keep talking about Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, or maybe Patrick Ewing or Christian Laettner, or perhaps Carmelo Anthony, as the most impactful college hoopsters, or newcomers, of all-time?

Not a chance. None of them could hold a candle in their debut years to Lew Alcindor, who dominated college hoops from the outset like no other. For those who can remember, there's never been anything remotely close to as dominating a force in college hoops.

And, as Jim Brown might have said, when a guy makes them change the rules, you know he's Nasty.

Following is another TGS tradition, our additional "newcomer" teams divided by region for the just-completed 2012-13 campaign.

BIG EAST/IVY
JAKARR SAMPSON, 6-8 Fr., St. John's

STEVEN ADAMS, 7-0 Fr., Pittsburgh

RYAN ARCIDIACONO, 6-3 Fr., Villanova

OMAR CALHOUN, 6-5 Fr., UConn

CHRIS OBEKPA, 6-9 Fr., St. John's

SYANI CHAMBERS, 6-0 Fr., Harvard

ATLANTIC 10/CAA
SEMAJ CHRISTON, 6-3 Fr., Xavier

KELLEN DUNHAM, 6-6 Fr., Butler

DERRICK COLTER, 5-10 Fr., Duquesne

R.J. HUNTER, 6-5 Fr., Georgia State

ANDRE NATION, 6-5 Fr., James Madison

JEROME HAIRSTON, 6-3 Fr., Towson

ACC/BIG SOUTH
OLIVIER HANLAN, 6-4 Fr., Boston College

T.J. WARREN, 6-8 Fr., NC State

RASHEED SULAIMON, 6-4 Fr., Duke

MARCUS GEORGES-HUNT, 6-5 Fr., Georgia Tech

MARCUS PAIGE, 6-0, North Carolina

JOHN BROWN, 6-7 Fr., High Point

C-USA/SUN BELT
DANIEL HOUSE, 6-7 Fr., Houston

SHAQ GOODWIN, 6-9 Fr., Memphis

JAMES WOODARD, 6-4 Fr., Tulsa

SHAWN LONG, 6-9 Fr., Louisiana

NEIKO HUNTER, 6-7 Jr., Middle Tennessee

MALIK SMITH, 6-2 Jr., FIU

SEC
NERLENS NOEL, 6-10 Fr., Kentucky

ARCHIE GOODWIN, 6-4 Fr., Kentucky

ALEX POYTHRESS, 6-7 Fr., Kentucky

CHARLES MANN, 6-4 Fr., Georgia

MICHAEL CARRERA, 6-5 Fr., South Carolina

KEVIN BRIGHT, 6-5 Fr., Vanderbilt

BIG TEN/MAC
GARY HARRIS, 6-4 Fr., Michigan State

GLENN ROBINSON III, 6-6 Fr., Michigan

NIK STAUSKAS, 6-6 Fr., Michigan

MITCH McGARY, 6-10 Fr., Michigan

SAM DEKKER, 6-7 Fr., Wisconsin

DARIUS PAUL, 6-8 Fr., Western Michigan

MISSOURI VALLEY/HORIZON
CLEANTHONY EARLY, 6-8 Jr., Wichita State

TYSHON PICKETT, 6-6 Jr., Bradley

MARCUS MARSHALL, 6-2 Fr., Missouri State

RON BAKER, 6-3 Fr., Wichita State

BRYN FORBES, 6-3 Fr., Cleveland State

JORDAN AARON, 5-10 Jr., UW-Milwaukee

BIG 12
ISAIAH AUSTIN, 7-1 Fr., Baylor

GEORGES NIANG, 6-7 Fr., Iowa State

BEN McLEMORE, 6-5 Fr., Kansas

MARCUS SMART, 6-4 Fr., Oklahoma State

ERON HARRIS, 6-2 Fr., West Virginia

IOANNIS PAPAPETROU, 6-8 Fr., Texas

MOUNTAIN WEST/WAC
ANTHONY BENNETT, 6-8 Fr., UNLV

MARVELLE HARRIS, 6-4 Fr., Fresno State

KATIN REINHARDT, 6-5 Fr., UNLV

SIM BHULLAR, 7-5 Fr., New Mexico State

SPENCER BUTTERFIELD, 6-3 Jr., Utah State

ALEX HAMILTON, 6-4 Fr., La Tech

PAC-12
JAHII CARSON, 5-10 Fr., Arizona State

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD, 6-6 Fr., UCLA

JORDAN ADAMS, 6-5 Fr., UCLA

KYLE ANDERSON, 6-9 Fr., UCLA

DAMYEAN DOTSON, 6-5 Fr., Oregon

JOSH SCOTT, 6-10 Fr., Colorado

WCC/BIG WEST
STACY DAVIS, 6-6 Fr., Pepperdine

TIM DERKSEN, 6-3 Fr., San Francisco

PRZEMEK KARNOWSKI, 7-1 Fr., Gonzaga

ALEX YOUNG, 6-1 Fr. UC Irvine

ISAAC FOTU, 6-8 Fr., Hawaii

SAMA TAKU, 6-1 Jr., Pacific


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