NCAA Announces Top 75 players, 25 teams and 35 moments to commemorate Tourney 75th anniversary
Here is the official announcement:
Also, here is a good list by school (from the San Francisco Chronicle):
Miles Simon, Sean Elliott
Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning
Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mateen Cleaves
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Bobby Joe Hill
Stacey Augmon, Larry Johnson
Duke's 2001 championship team is one of the best since 2000.
2 NPOY, Battier and Williams
1 DPOY Battier
5 NBA players, Battier, Williams, Boozer, Dunleavy, Duhon
They also won the Preseason NIT, and ACC Tourney.
Not even Duke's best team, but that team shot lights out with Battier, Dunleavy, and Williams, had 2 starting PGs with Williams and Duhon, and one of the ultimate leader in Battier. That team would matchup well against any team since 2000.
Gotta say, I was pretty surprised to see Anthony Davis on that list.
Can't help but think JJ Redick is one of the best ever 75 college basketball players. Especially over someone like Anthony Davis who played one year.
It's the top 75 in the NCAA Tournament.
JJ was a great college player, but let's face it he was never clutch in the Tourney. I cant remember if JJ ever hit a game winner for Duke.
While I agree that it is a little crazy to see Davis on the list after one year, he did win not only NPOY but the Final Four most outstanding player as well. Granted, his performance in the actual Final was not exactly trademark (1-10 FG, 4-6 FT), but he also averaged double digit rebounds for the tournament and close to 5 blocks per game. He was the best player on a team that lost only two games.
Now, if this list were about having the better college CAREER, you give it to Redick. Reason why Redick was left off this list was that he never really ended his tournaments very gracefully. That last year, when he was amongst the leading scorers in the country, he scored 13 points on 4-18 FG in a Sweet 16 upset loss to LSU. Even so, think neither Davis nor Redick would be amongst the top 15.
This is strictly tournament, so it is not THAT surprising that a guy that never won was left off, not to mention that he tended to end of tourney performances end more often with a whimper than with a bang. In the end, think that they picked guys who either went to the championship or had huge marquee tourney performances. Or, of course, championship winners.
Who's more surprising, Davis or Melo?
If this was something about your entire NCAA career, than it would indeed be difficult to include a couple of guys who played one year of college. But, their tourney runs were pretty exceptional. Each was fairly dominant in some fashion in getting that NCAA title and both were Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Here were their stats over 6 games:
Melo: 20.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg (With averages of 26.5/12/4 in the final two games)
Davis: 13.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 3 apg, 4.8 bpg, 51% FG
Their performances were enough for Mike DeCourcy to rank Davis 22nd and Melo 23rd in his rankings of the top 75 (with his feeling that guys like Jay Williams, Rick Mount and Larry Finch belonged on the list). So, it seems that both were indeed impressive enough in their one tournament as freshman to garner nominations due to their dominance in their lone tourney experience. The only other freshman to have won MOP are Arnie Ferrin and Pervis Ellison, both of whom made the list as well.
I was thinking hard when a player named Georgia tech played for Georgetown lol
Some names that surprised me that weren't on the list:
Jay Williams- Duke
Allen Iverson- Georgetown
Calbert Chaeney- Indiana
Chris Webber- Michigan
Anfernee Hardaway- Memphis St.
JJ Reddick- Duke
Jamal Mashburn- Kentucky
Especially Jay Williams!!!! Juan Dixon in, Jay Williams out?!!!
No problem with Juan Dixon. That Maryland team in 2002 was good with Blake, Baxter, Wilcox. They also played Duke in 2001 in 4 crazy/memorable games. Thank god Duke won 3 and including 1 in the Final Four.
Jay Williams has the problem with the NCAA not wanting to put too many Duke teams, Duke players on that list of 75.
"Duke cant have more than UNC." - signed NCAA
After all, Juan Dixon was the Most Outstanding Player for the only Maryland team to ever win a title. I find it hard to believe that Jay Williams did not make the list as well, but I think it was a case of wanting to give Maryland at least one recipient on the list to highlight their championship win.
Chris Webber is a guy who definitely could have been on the list as well, though I believe that unfortunate NCAA situation over his eligibility probably kept him off. Otherwise it would be hard to believe he would not be included considering his two Final Four appearances plus Final's appearance.
As far as the others:
Allen Iverson: Never made a Final Four, though he had 7 games in the tourney in two years. His last year they got blown out by UMass, remember watching that game. Again, this is about the NCAA tournament and I think everyone listed or nearly everyone listed played in at least one Final Four.
Calbert Cheaney: From a career perspective you have a point, just from a tournament perspective their are definitely more deserving. Calbert played in a number of tournament games but in his only Final Four game he scored 11 points on 4-13 shooting before fouling out. His senior year he won numerous player of the year awards, but missed the Final Four by a game. Given that all five of Indiana's representatives were championship winners, his omission is not that surprising.
Anfernee Hardaway: Only made it as far as the Elite 8, getting blown out by Cincinnati where he fouled out with 12 points. Next year he lost in the first round. Not going to get him on a list of All-Time tournament performers.
JJ Redick: Made one Final Four and three Sweet 16's. Every other Duke nominee either won a Final, made a Final or had multiple Final Four appearances (Danny Ferry, for instance, who averaged 26.5 and 11 in his junior/senior season Final Four appearances). JJ had an excellent career, but he never shot above 35% in one of his exit games, including that Sweet 16 upset loss his senior season to LSU. He played in a lot of tournament games, but their are quite simply players who did more and had better performances in the NCAA tournament.
Jamal Mashburn: Scored 26 in his junior year Final Four loss against Michigan, but look at the guys who made for Kentucky. All championship winners. That is the major thing on this list. It could be that he should have probably made it over some of the one school reps on this list, but I believe that they wanted to highlight some of the best players on the best teams in a schools history (ie. Chris Mullin at St. John's, Ralph Sampson at Virginia, both of whom had more decorated overall careers than Jamal as well).
In the end, when you are ultimately going to make a list of 15, I think the people missing from this list were flat out not close to that mark in the grand scheme of NCAA tourney performers. For the most part, I think they got the best of the schools represented and that the ones unfortunately left off would not really be contenders for those last 15 spots. I am all for brutal lists that mention only the very best performers, just seems that this one managed to highlight a number of great players who did big things for their schools as well.
Those are some good points, but you can't convince me (no matter how many Duke players were chosen) that Jay Williams is not on that list!!! SHELVIN MACK OVER JAY WILLIAMS (2 time 1st team all american; Player of the Year, NCAA Champion) IS A JOKE!!!!