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COL HOOPS SPECIAL REPORT...TGS ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM!

                                    by Bruce Marshall., Goldsheet.com Editor

TGS 2020 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

DOUGLAS WILSON, 6-8 Jr., South Dakota State
PRECIOUS ACHIUWA, 6-9 Fr., Memphis
ONYEKE OKONGWU, 6-9 Fr, USC
VERNON CAREY, 6-10 Fr, Duke
ANTHONY EDWARDS 6-5 Fr., Georgia
COLE ANTHONY, 6-3 Fr., North Carolina


NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Vernon Carey, Duke...Not quite by acclimation as was Blue Devil predecessor Zion Williamson last season, Carey nonetheless appears a worthy honoree, even if this year’s newcomer crop seemed to lack the sizzle of a year ago. Carey, however, helped create the dynamics for one of the nation’s most-explosive attacks that would often look to the blocks and Carey for its first offensive option. Carey made an impact almost immediately, cracking the 30-point barrier by his fifth game (scoring 31 in an 87-52 romp past Cal on November 21 at MSG) en route to 15 double-doubles, and was a consistent force all season, saving one of his best efforts for his last game, scoring 25 and snaring 10 rebounds in an 89-76 win over hated North Carolina at Cameron indoor Stadium in the annual season-ending Tobacco Road war. We didn’t know at the time that it would be Duke’s last game of the season, and we’ll never know if Carey would have been at the middle of a deep Duke run in March. But for what we had to work with in the 2019-20 campaign, Carey seems the best option for this honor.

A couple of other notes about this latest TGS All-Newcomer team. While a few wonder if the month that North Carolina G Cole Anthony missed should have precluded his inclusion in the team, we are more inclined to believe that ten-game absence was what prevented by Anthony missing ten games was winning the NOTY award outright. While on the floor this term, Anthony often looked like one of the best players in the country, never mind the newcomer class, but was hampered by the worst surrounding cast at Chapel Hill in a generation. Whatever, we’re comfortable including Anthony in the team.

We’re also comfortable including Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, even if we did so a bit reluctantly. When Edwards inked with Georgia, it was regarded as a major coup for HC Tom Crean, but the Bulldog season instead evolved into more of a platform for Edwards to showcase his skills for the inevitable quick move to the NBA, which Edwards recently confirmed. But Crean’s acquiescence to Edwards did not help Georgia climb the SEC ladder, as the Dawgs finished in the same 13th spot in league play as they did a year ago. As the campaign progressed, Georgia’s lack of defense was alarming as the Edwards-centric focus failed to resonate. Edwards continued to shoot and ended the season a sub-par 40.2% from the floor, and continued to fire 3-balls indiscriminately even as his long-range radar deserted him in the last month of the season (Edwards hit 17 of his last 78 triples, an icy 21.7%, across his last ten games). Admittedly, Edwards was also often a highlight reel, and will very likely become a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA draft. No surprise if he becomes one of the NBA’s exciting new stars next season. But we think it’s interesting how perhaps the top two ballyhooed recruits in the country, Edwards and C James Wiseman of Memphis, didn’t help their teams win anything this term (Wiseman, ensnared in eligibility issues, played only a handful of games in November, and to no one’s surprise had already declared for the next NBA draft long before the season concluded). In the end, they both reminded how college hoops should become a better place when the inane one-and-done phenomenon is eliminated in the near future.

Mostly, however, we suppose that Edwards and Wiseman should serve as the latest cautionary tales in college hoops, and reminders to an everlasting reality on the recruiting trail...buyers beware!


Following is another TGS tradition, our additional “Newcomer” teams divided by region for the past season.

BIG EAST/IVY/MAAC

ROMEO WEENS, 6-7 Fr., DePaul
JULIAN CHAMPAGNIE, 6-7 Fr., St. John’s
JEREMIAH ROBINSON-EARL, 6-9 Fr., Villanova
JUSTIN MOORE, 6-4 Fr., Villanova
AARON ESTRADA, 6-4 Fr., St. Peter’s
JORDAN DINGLE, 6-3 Fr., Penn

ATLANTIC 10/CAA/A-EAST

GEORGE TINSLEY, 6-6 Fr., Binghamton
JAMISON BATTLE, 6-8 Fr., George Washington
TRE MITCHELL, 6-9 Fr., UMass
HUNTER McINTOSH, 6-3 Fr., Elon
TYSON WALKER, 6-0 Fr., Northeastern
YURI COLLINS, 5-10 Fr., Saint Louis

ACC/BIG SOUTH/A-SUN

LANDERS NOLLEY II, 6-7 Fr., Virginia Tech
D.J. BURNS, 6-9 Fr., Winthrop
VERNON CAREY, 6-10 Fr., Duke
JUSTIN CHAMPAGNIE, 6-6 Fr., Pitt
COLE ANTHONY, 6-3 Fr., North Carolina
ROB PERRY, 6-3 Fr., Stetson

AAC/SUN BELT/OVC

PRECIOUS ACHIUWA, 6-9 Fr., Memphis
RUOT MONYYONG, 6-10 Jr., Little Rock
TYSON JOLLY, 6-4 Jr., SMU
JAMES BOUKNIGHT, 6-4 Fr., UConn
CALEB MILLS, 6-3 Fr., Houston
JORDYN ADAMS, 6-3 Fr, Austin Peay

SEC/SOCON

ISAAC OKORO, 6-6 Fr., Auburn
ANTHONY EDWARDS, 6-5 Fr., Georgia
JERMAINE COUSINARD, 6-4 Fr., South Carolina
JORDAN SHACKELFORD, 6-3 Fr., Alabama
TYRESE MAXEY, 6-3 Fr., Kentucky
TRAVIS EVEE, 6-0 Fr., VMI

BIG TEN/MAC

FRANZ WAGNER, 6-8 Fr., Michigan
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, 6-9 Fr., Indiana
KOFI COCKBURN, 7-0 Fr., Illinois
JARRON COLEMAN, 6-5 Fr., Ball State
C.J. FREDRICK, 6-3 Fr., Iowa
ROCKET WATTS, 6-2 Fr., Michigan State

MISSOURI VALLEY/HORIZON/SUMMIT

MARCUS DOMASK, 6-6 Fr., Southern Illinois
GAIGE PRIM, 6-8 Jr., Missouri State
DOUGLAS WILSON, 6-8 Jr., South Dakota State
TATE HALL, 6-6 Jr. Loyola-Chicago
AMARI DAVIS, 6-3 Fr., Green Bay
MAX ABMAS, 6-1 Fr., Oral Roberts

BIG 12/C-USA

TERRENCE SHANNON, 6-6 Fr., Texas Tech
OSCAR TSHIEBWE, 6-9 Fr., West Virginia
JAHM’IUS RAMSEY, 6-4 Fr., Texas Tech
JAVION HAMLET, 6-4 Jr., North Texas
MALIK CURRY, 6-1 Jr., Old Dominion
JAHMIR YOUNG, 6-1 Fr., Charlotte

MOUNTAIN WEST/BIG SKY

ALPHONSO ANDERSON, 6-6 Jr., Utah State
JUBRILE BELO, 6-9 Soph, Montana State
ORLANDO ROBINSON, 6-10 Fr., Fresno State
RICHARD WASHINGTON, 6-6 Jr., San Jose State
KWANE MARBLE II, 6-6 Fr, Wyoming
ISAIAH STEVENS, 6-0 Fr., Colorado State

PAC-12/WAC

ISAIAH STEWART, 6-9 Fr., Washignton
ONYEKA OKONGWU, 6-9 Fr., USC
ZEKE NNAJI, 6-11 Fr., Arizona
CHRIS DUARTE, 6-6 Jr., Oregon
NICO MANNION, 6-3, Arizona
TYRELL TERRY, 6-1 Fr., Stanford

WCC/BIG WEST

KELI LEAUPEPE, 6-6 Fr., Loyola-Marymount
DREW TIMME, 6-10 Fr., Gonzaga
JADEN BEDIAKO, 6-10 Fr., Santa Clara
JOSHUA MORGAN, 6-11 Fr., Long Beach State
SKYLAR CHAVEZ, 6-5 Jr., Pepperdine
EZRA MANJON, 5-11 Fr., UC Davis


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