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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)

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 11:55 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 9:16 am

Mississippi State led by trio in opener

By Jeff Goodman

Rick Stansbury knew it wouldn't be pretty. Not against Eastern Kentucky and Jeff Neubauer's methodical offense and 1-3-1 zone defense.

But he's just happy to come out with a season-opening victory.

Dee Bost went for 23 points and six assists, UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie had a double-double (13 points, 10 boards) in his debut and freshman Rodney Hood had 12 points and nine rebounds.

"It wasn't easy with the way they play and the way they control the game," Bost told CBSSports.com after the 76-66 win. "But A win is a win."

Oh yeah - and Renardo Sidney finished with a lackluster nine points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.

"He's better than he was, but we still want more from him," Stansbury said of the talented big man. "We need more from him."

Stansbury spoke highly of Bost - who he has from the start of the season this year - as well as Moultrie and Hood.

Stansbury is also optimistic that freshman guard Deville Smith will be cleared and be able to play against Akron later this week. Smith was released from the hospital on Monday after experiencing headaches and dizziness.

"Has the the ability to change games - both offensive and defensively," Stansbury said.

With Bost, Moultrie and Hood, Mississippi State has three guys that can match up with just about anyone.

The key, obviously, is the much-maligned Sidney - who needs to give consistent effort.

"He'll get it going," Bost said of his once highly touted teammate. "This team changed defenses a lot - and it was tough to get him the ball in the post."

If Sidney finally gets it - and it's a huge if - this team could be scary.

But so far, with one game in the books, he hasn't shown anything different.

Photo: AP
Posted on: July 22, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 11:43 am

Renardo Sidney won't go to Europe with teammates

By Jeff Goodman

This can’t be a good sign.

Mississippi State’s Renardo Sidney won’t travel with his teammates to Europe in two weeks and will instead return to Houston to work out with former NBA player/coach John Lucas.

This is an interesting development for a kid who has gone through his share of issues over the years, including multiple suspensions since arriving in Starkville.

The Bulldogs leave for Amsterdam on Aug. 5 and will play five games in 10 days in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

You would think it would be the ideal bonding experience for a team that experienced chemistry issues a year ago.

"Renardo Sidney has returned to Houston, Texas, to continue working out with John Lucas,” Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement. “He will not accompany the team to Europe next month, but he is expected back on campus for the start of the fall semester in mid-August."

Stansbury told me earlier in the month that Sidney had been working with Lucas in the offseason, but did not wish to elaborate on the reason.

But Lucas, a former drug addict, is known for his ability to work with players who are attempting to turn around their lives. He runs a substance abuse recovery program in Houston that has helped numerous athletes.

The 6-foot-10 Sidney, after being ineligible for his entire freshman season and the start of his sophomore year, averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 19 games.  If he can get his act together -- a major if -- this is a Mississippi State team that could make some major noise in the SEC this year. 

Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:57 am

Miss St's Stansbury won't have to rely on Big Sid

By Jeff Goodman

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - A year ago, Rick Stansbury needed Renardo Sidney. Really needed him.

I don’t believe that’s the case anymore.

The Mississippi State coach has dealt with plenty of drama concerning Sidney over the past two years – since the ultra-talented big man arrived on campus in Starkville.

The NCAA-imposed suspension and a couple dealt out by Stansbury – including the bleacher-brawl in Maui with then-teammate Elgin Bailey.

But a year ago, the Bulldogs coach didn’t have his leader to start the season – as point guard Dee Bost missed the non-league slate with an NCAA-imposed whacking of his own.

``He missed 21 days of practice in a row,” Stansbury said.

Now Bost, the clear-cut team leader, will be there from day one – and Mississippi State adds a pair of studs in UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie and freshman Rodney Hood.

``He’s the real deal,” Stansbury said of Hood, who will likely slide into the spot vacated by Ravern Johnson. ``There’s no cracks. He does everything – he can shoot it, pass it, has a great mid-range game. He’s unselfish and isn’t a good kid; he’s a great kid.”

The lone aspect holding the 6-foot-8, 205-pound Hood back is strength.

And then there’s Moultrie.

He’s a versatile 6-foot-11 transfer who averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds as a sophomore at UTEP.

``There were plenty of days in practice when he was our best player,” Stansbury said. ``His engine really runs.”

With Bost, Moultrie and Hood, Stansbury has three guys who are as talented as just about anyone in the SEC.

And then, obviously, the X-factor becomes Sidney.

I’ve seen and known Sidney for years and while he has the talent to dominate games, I’ve almost given up on that notion.

Stansbury only said that Sidney “looks to be in better shape, but they key will be how it translates.”

He also said that despite how much of a train wreck last season appeared to be, Mississippi State still managed to finish 9-7 in league play.

``I’m trying to find the positive things as best as I can,” Stansbury said.

One of those for this year is how he will no longer have to depend on Big Sid. 

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