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Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:14 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 3:18 pm

Freshman of the Year: Davis creates separation

With his recent stretch, Anthony Davis is leaving the rest of the freshmen -- and his teammates -- in the dust. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello 

Anthony Davis is stepping up his game when some of the other freshmen are hitting the proverbial wall. He had a tremendous performance against Arkansas earlier this week, going for 27 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks in the win. He also set the Kentucky single-season record for blocks – with 12 regular-season games remaining for the Wildcats. As a result, he’s still No. 1 – and the gap between him and teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is growing.

The Freshman of the Year rankings are released every Thursday afternoon, shortly after Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 13.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg, 65.8 FG%
Davis’ scoring has always been an afterthought this season, but he’s averaging 18.5 points in his last six games. If that continues, Kentucky will be even tougher.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist bounced back from a mini-slump with 17 points and 12 boards against Tennessee, before an uneven game vs. Arkansas. Continues to contribute in so many ways.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 3): 14.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apg
Burke is getting better and better. He’s limited his turnovers lately; shot 15-for-24 in last two games; and scored 20 points and had the game-winning assist vs. Michigan State.

4. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 4): 14.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 64.8 FG%
Zeller has found his offensive touch lately, averaging 19 points in his last three games. He’s also grabbing seven boards per game in those three. But Indiana is 0-3.

5. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: 5): 16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg
Wroten leads all BCS-conference freshmen in scoring this season, but he struggled against Washington State. With Cal and Stanford this weekend, he needs to step up.

6. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: NR): 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg
After a one-week hiatus, Beal is back on the list. His offense is coming around, averaging 15.5 points in his last two games, with six 3-pointers and just one turnover.

7. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 8): 15.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg
St. John’s has now lost five of its last six, but it’s through no fault of Harkless. He’s trying to carry the team as much as he can, and he never seems to have a truly bad game.

8. Le’Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State (Last Week: NR): 12.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg
He struggled against Baylor over the weekend, but Nash is averaging 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in Big 12 play. He’s also become far more efficient recently.

9. Eli Carter, Rutgers (Last Week: 6): 13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg
Since making the rankings last week, Carter shot just 6-for-19 and averaged 9.5 points. He was still able to knock down a clutch 3 against Notre Dame in Rutgers’ win, though.

10. Justin Edwards, Maine (Last Week: NR): 15.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.4 apg
The first repeat mid-major player, Edwards continues to expand his game. He is distributing and rebounding more lately, but still has the ability to score. Edwards also defends. 


  • Three players were knocked out of the rankings. Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood averaged just 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in the three games since last week, shooting 8-for-21 from the field. Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant notched 12 assists against Rutgers, but he struggled scoring the ball and went just 3-for-11 from 3-point range. Obi Emegano also dropped out as Western Illinois dropped two games.
  • Baylor’s Quincy Miller is making his case to be included, averaging 19.0 points in his last two games. Can he make clutch plays, though?
  • Andre Drummond had notched three straight double-doubles, and was headed for the rankings – then he went 2-for-9 with four points against Cincinnati.
  • Xavier’s Dezmine Wells is averaging 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in Atlantic-10 play.
  • Austin Rivers is averaging just 7.7 points in ACC play.
  • Chasson Randle of Stanford is scoring 17.7 points in his last three games; he’s been one of the most underrated frosh in the country.
  • Fresh off Ole Miss’ win over Mississippi State, it’s time for Jarvis Summers to get some recognition. He’s mputting up 15.0 points and 4.7 assists in his last three games.
  • San Diego’s Johnny Dee is one of the better frosh shooters out there. In a three-game stretch, he shot 14-for-27 from deep and averaged 24.0 points.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Juan’ya Green, Niagara (18.6); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.4); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.5)
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Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Freshman of the Year: Carter scores recognition

Jeff Borzello

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist took over the No. 1 spot from his teammate Anthony Davis last week, but it looks like we’re back to normal. Davis has taken his game to a new level over his past four games, dominating at both ends of the floor and really making an impact offensively. Kidd-Gilchrist has been his usual all-around self, but he’s been struggling a bit on the offensive end. The latter half of the rankings saw the most changes it has had all season. There will be stiff competition week-in and week-out to get a spot.

The Freshman of the Year rankings are released every Thursday afternoon, shortly after Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish’s Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 2): 12.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.6 bpg, 63.9 FG%
Davis has been even more active at both ends over the last four games. He’s shooting 67.6 percent from the field, averaging 16.5 points, 10.5 boards and 5.0 blocks.

2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 1): 13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Kidd-Gilchrist has fallen off a bit on the offensive end in his last three games. He’s averaging just 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in that span, also turning it over 13 times.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan (Last Week: 4): 14.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.1 apg
Burke continues to rise despite his erratic shooting. He’s just 15-for-47 in his last three games, but he’s coming off 19 points, seven boards, seven assists and just one turnover vs. Northwestern.

4. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 3): 14.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 66.1 FG%
Zeller is as efficient as ever from the field, making 12 of his last 15 shots. However, his rebounding has been lacking; he’s averaging fewer than four boards in his last four games.

5. Tony Wroten, Washington (Last Week: 9): 17.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.3 apg
Wroten got to the line 18 times against Seattle earlier in the week, finishing with 24 points. Has gaudy numbers, and has also turned it over two or fewer times in three of his last five games.

6. Eli Carter, Rutgers (Last Week: NR): 14.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Mike Rice said before the season he thought Carter would lead his newcomers in scoring. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 21.2 per game – with wins over Florida, Connecticut and Pitt. 

7. Rodney Hood, Mississippi State (Last Week: NR): 12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 50% FG, 44.1 3PT
Hood has been on the verge of breaking into the rankings throughout the season, but his 16.5 points per game to open SEC play was all the convincing we needed. Tough matchup for opponents. 

8. Moe Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 5): 15.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Harkless is struggling lately. He’s shot just 19-for-49 in his last four games, in which the Red Storm went 1-3. He’s also not rebounding as well against the Big East’s big men. 

9. Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (Last Week: NR): 13.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg
Grant is a redshirt freshman, but he still qualifies. He’s been one of the main reasons for the Fighting Irish’s stellar play of late. Averaging 15.3 points and 5.2 assists in his last six games. 

10. Obi Emegano, Western Illinois (Last Week: NR): 13.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 56.6 FG%
He’s really taken his game to a new level in the last three weeks, averaging 15.8 points and shooting 58 percent from the field. Needs to prove himself vs. Oral Roberts on Thursday. 


  • Clearly, the rankings had wholesale changes. D’Angelo Harrison dropped out after fouling out in a 10-point performance against Marquette. There was only room for one St. John’s player this week. Brad Beal and Austin Rivers are also out for a week after less-than-stellar for the better part of a month. Beal has shot over 50 percent from the field in a game just one since November 28, while Rivers is averaging single-digit points in the last three games. Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos dropped out after struggling from the field in the last two games.
  • Beal almost made it back into the rankings after going for 17 points and 10 rebounds against Georgia on Wednesday night.
  • Arkansas’ B.J. Young is starting to heat up against. He’s averaging 19 points in his last two games, shooting 15-for-23 from the field.
  • Expect to see the top-10 trio of Andre Drummond, Le’Bryan Nash and Marquis Teague in here at some point. Drummond is going for 15.0 points and 11.5 rebounds in his last two games, while Nash is averaging 18.0 points in Big 12 play. Teague is taking care of the ball much better.
  • The Otto Porter train has slowed down considerably. He’s averaging just 6.0 points in his last four games, and has grabbed a total of 12 rebounds in his last three contests.
  • Siena’s Evan Hynes has been playing well lately. Over his last five games, he’s averaging 16.2 points and 4.2 assists. He’s also improved his shooting, knocking down 48 percent of his field goals during that span.
  • Justin Edwards was our first mid-major representative when we did the rankings. His scoring has dipped then, but he’s going for 7.3 boards and 5.0 assists in America East play.
  • Freshman leaders – Points: Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State (19.5); Rebounds: Anthony Davis, Kentucky (10.3); Assists: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State (6.4)

Photo: US Presswire

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Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:35 am

Notebook: Big East Media Day news and notes

By Jeff Borzello

NEW YORK – Conference media days are a dream for writers that want a lot of information and people in one place. Simply put, they provide a treasure trove of nuggets on each team in the league. There were too many leftovers in the notebook to leave out and not share with everyone. Here are some of the more interesting tidbits gathered on Wednesday at Big East Media Day.

- Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis was recently suspended for four games after the NCAA ruled on a violation he committed three years ago. “We tried to fight it, but a rule is a rule,” Abromaitis said. “I accepted it.”

- Who will replace Ben Hansbrough at the point guard spot? Sophomore Eric Atkins (above), who led the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio last season. “He was our sixth man last year, but he’s ready to elevate his game,” Abromaitis said.

- Sophomore Jerian Grant received rave reviews for his work over the summer and in the early part of the fall. “He’s playing really well,” Abromaitis said. “He’s learning things as a player, moving without the ball, guarding his man. That’s what we’ll need him to do.”

- DePaul received three pieces of bad news in the past week. Junior forward Tony Freeland will miss the season with a shoulder injury, while freshman Montray Clemons is done for the year after rupturing a tendon in his knee. Moreover, the NCAA ruled freshman Macari Brooks ineligible. “We thought we were pretty deep,” head coach Oliver Purnell said. “We can’t afford any more injuries.”

- Purnell thinks Cleveland Melvin (right) is somewhat underrated on a national level, after averaging 14.3 points and winning Big East Rookie of the Year honors. “Probably so,” Purnell said. “He had a good freshman year and a really good summer.”

- Rutgers brought in a highly-touted freshman class – and the incoming guards are impressing early on. “Our guards have a little more experience than our big men,” forward Dane Miller said, pointing to Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears. Coach Mike Rice, however, thinks Eli Carter could make more of an impact than both of them. “He might lead my freshman in points per game.”

- Rice is impressed with Kansas State transfer Wally Judge. “He’s a physical specimen. He just has to develop that consistency.”

- Forward Kadeem Jack will likely be out until mid-January with a foot injury. Jack was looking like he would have a major impact in the frontcourt. “He’s somebody where the light was already on,” Rice said.

- Marquette forward Jae Crowder is pegging sophomore Vander Blue (right) as a true breakout performer. “He had a great summer, played in the Pro/Am, played for USA basketball,” Crowder said. “His confidence is up; last year, he lost confidence. A lot of pressure is on him.”

- Out of the freshmen, California native Juan Anderson has stood out the most to Crowder. “He’s athletic, he goes hard, has a great motor,” Crowder said. “Buzz [Williams] loves it, I love it.”

- Despite the loss of three starters from last season, West Virginia forward Kevin Jones thinks highly of this year’s team. “This is the most talented team I’ve been on,” he said – and that includes the Elite Eight group that had Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks.

- Freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds was cleared to play late in the process, but he’s already been impressive. “He had to catch up,” Jones said. “But he’s looking real good, doing the right things.”

- With Czech Republican native Patrik Auda and Latvian guard Haralds Karlis in the fold, Seton Hall has taken a foreign turn recently. “It’s fun,” guard Jordan Theodore said. “I’m trying new foods, trying to teach them slang.”

- Fun fact: Auda knows five languages – Dutch, Spanish, Czech, English and Russian.

- Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson said the Hoyas still laugh about the infamous brawl in China over the summer. “It was a great bonding experience,” Thompson said.

- Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Dwyane Wade and other NBA players came back to Georgetown to work out during the lockout. Thompson said the one who benefitted the most was Henry Sims, who played against Hibbert on a regular basis.

Photo: US Presswire (Eric Atkins, Cleveland Melvin, Vander Blue)

Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:30 am

Rutgers pioneers Big Lebowski-style recruiting

"Gutter ball! Drop and give me twenty!"

Posted by Eric Angevine

You hear a lot of crazy stories these days about the lengths a coach will go to when he wants to land a prized recruit. Aggressively friendly women, intoxication and the occasional luxurious gift make headlines from time to time.

In case you're worried about what Mike Rice is doing at Rutgers, it seems things are pretty much above board. Jerry Carino of New Jersey Hoops Haven recently told the story of an unlikely bonding experience that helped Rice and the Scarlet Knights land two coveted players.

The website for Lucky Strike Lanes, an upscale bowling lounge on the West Side of Manhattan, invites patrons to “eat, drink and knock down pins.” 

It says nothing about doing push-ups.

No matter to members of the Rutgers men’s basketball team. There they were, on a Friday night in mid-April, dropping and giving 20 on the spot after losing an intrasquad bowling match.

“In this program, if you lose you do push-ups,” Rutgers coach Mike Rice said. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing.”

The players were there entertaining recruits Eli Carter and Wally Judge, and the evening apparently made a good impression because both eventually committed to Rice.

“It was a good time. I meshed with the players real good,” said Carter, who wound up doing push-ups with the losers despite rolling an impressive 170 in the second game. “That part was funny.”

That's right. An evening of rented shoes and punitive calesthenics turned out to be a positive aspect of the recruiting process for Rice, who begins his second season at Rutgers in fine style, landing a scoring combo guard and a burly 6-foot-9 forward who showed flashes of top-notch potential in his two years at Kansas State.

Apparently, it's not all nudie bars and free Navigators at the highest echelons of college hoops recruiting. Sometimes heat-lamp pizza and an extra frame or two is all it takes.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 1:13 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2011 1:20 pm

Carter picks Scarlet Knights

Posted by Jeff Borzello

It’s become an arms race in the New York metropolitan area between St. John’s, Rutgers and Seton Hall – and the Scarlet Knights struck the latest salvo on Friday night.

Eli Carter, a 6-foot-2 guard from Brewster Academy (N.H.), committed to Rutgers over offers from Penn State, Providence, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, TCU and others.

“I chose Rutgers because I was comfortable with all the coaches,” Carter told CBSSports.com. “I have a chance to come in and play right away.”


Carter, who was previously committed to St. Bonaventure, can play both guard positions but is at his best when scoring the ball at the rim. He has a good mid-range and perimeter jump shot, but has a tendency to be streaky at times. With plenty of guards on Rutgers’ roster, Carter will have a chance to make an impact in a variety of ways.

The New Jersey native is looking forward to his time in Piscataway.

Said Carter: “There’s nothing like playing in your home state where my family can see me play.”

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