Gary Parrish's College Basketball Dream Team

Parrish wants a guy who can handle egos well, and Coach K's Olympic runs certainly prove he can. (US Presswire)

Gary Parrish's Dream Team: 


G -  Isaiah Canaan ( Murray State Racers ) - Canaan is a ball-handler, shooter, leader and winner. I'll be just fine with him running my team.

Other Dream Teams

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F -  Shabazz Muhammad ( UCLA Bruins ) - Muhammad is the most aggressive and physically overwhelming perimeter player in the country. The NCAA might not let me have Muhammad in November. But I should have him in March, and that's good enough.

F -  Doug McDermott ( Creighton Bluejays ) - Nothing wrong with having a stretch-four in the starting lineup who shoots 60 percent from the field, nearly 50 percent from 3-point range and grabs more than eight rebounds per game.

C -  Cody Zeller ( Indiana Hoosiers ) -Zeller is the nation's best player. Dumb to not select him.

Top three reserves

G -  Phil Pressey ( Missouri Tigers ) - If Canaan ever finds himself not getting enough players involved, I'll insert Pressey -- a guy who gets others involved better than anybody else.

G -  Trey Burke ( Michigan Wolverines ) - Burke is a nice reserve because he can handle the ball or play off of it. The sophomore knows how to create for teammates and get his own shot.

F - James Michael-McAdoo ( North Carolina Tar Heels ) - The sophomore is due for a breakout season now that Tyler Zeller and John Henson are out of North Carolina. I'll be happy to let him have that breakout season for me.

Two non-power league reserves

F -  Tony Mitchell (North Texas Longhorns ) - Mitchell is a lottery pick playing in obscurity. My team provides him the stage he deserves.

F -  Mike Moser ( UNLV Rebels ) - Thank you, Mr. Moser, for transferring from UCLA to UNLV. Now you can fill one of these "non-power-league" spots, and I suspect you'll fill it well.

Two true "bench players"

G -  Russ Smith ( Louisville Cardinals ) - Smith is instant offense off the bench. If he's good enough for Rick Pitino, he's good enough for me.

G -  Geron Johnson ( Memphis Tigers ) - Johnson is a guy with a checkered past and explosive first step. Long as the latter overshadows the former, he's worth a gamble as a reserve.


C -  Nerlens Noel ( Kentucky Wildcats ) - I've got Zeller in the middle and some adequate big reserves. I'll let Noel sit for a year and develop, then block shots for me in 2013-14.

Head coach

Mike Krzyzewski ( Duke Blue Devils ) - Coach K has four national titles and two gold medals. That's good enough to let him work for me.

Assistant coaches

Kenny Payne (Kentucky) - Payne's best friend is the infamous World Wide Wes. So I'll put him on my staff and see what we can get done.

Patrick Sellers ( Hofstra Pride ) - Sellers once took a fall for Jim Calhoun at Connecticut Huskies . So he's loyal. And if I'm gonna be working in college basketball, I want some assistants who are loyal and willing to take a bullet, if it comes to that.

Bobby Lutz ( NC State Wolfpack ) - I don't know if I need a former head coach on my bench to help Coach K. But I'll take Lutz just in case Krzyzewski's back goes out or something.

Recruits to target

Andrew Wiggins - He's one of the best talents of the past 10 years. I'd be honored to spend eight months with him.

Jabari Parker - Good kid. Great talent. What's not to like?

Julius Randle - Randle is big and strong and relentless. He's a notch below Wiggins and Parker but two notches above everybody else.

Austin Nichols - My other three recruiting targets are one-and-done stars. Nichols should spend more time in college, so he's worth taking here. Plus, the kid lives 20 minutes from me. So I can conduct an in-home visit and be home in time to put my son to bed.

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Gary Parrish is an award-winning college basketball columnist and television analyst for CBS Sports who also hosts the highest-rated afternoon drive radio show in Memphis, where he lives with his wife... Full Bio

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