LittyHoops Sweet 16 - Part II
As the Ides of March are in sight LittyHoops revisits our rankings of the Sweetest 16 ballers not in the Association or on the And 1 streetball tour. The performance of these players in the upcoming weeks will go a long ways to determining the fater of their respective higher institutions. Remember,
as always LittyHoops is biased and a kid with a little spunk and a flair for the dramatic will trump your favorite NBA prospect any semester.
Pre Season Rankings
Jameer. The star of college basketball is making such a name for himself that you donít even have to mention his sirname. Nelson teams with Delonte West to form the most exciting and rootable backcourt thy eyes of Littyhoops has ever seen (if only Omar and Marcus had their day). Nelson is the player of the year in college basketball and his charisma and leadership might be enough to lead the Hawks to a Perfect season.
|Stats: 20 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 50.3% FG
Okaforís splendid season may be a bit overshadowed by Uconnís erractic play despite their high expectations. Okafor is a dominant defensive presence who clogs the lane and alters shots. His ever-improving offensive repertoire and his ability to run the floor make him the perfect college basketball player. Okafor is also a stud in the classroom and will graduate in three years with a Finance degree. For Uconn to be successful, Emeka and his teammates must realize that Okafor is their star.
|Stats: 19.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 4 bpg, 60% FG
Gomes is a well-rounded, versatile player who became a national star when he outplayed Emeka Okafor to lead Providence to an upset victory. Gomes hits the boards with ferocity, has a smooth shot from downtown, and plays strong defense. He fits perfectly into the Friar lineup and is the current poster boy for staying in college four years and steadily improving. Gomes can be an Andre Miller or John Wallace guy in the tournmanet.
|Stats: 19.6 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.5 apg
Jackson is a one-man show up in Eugene. He puts up over three dozen every now and then but itís not always enough for Ernie Kentís bunch. Jacksonís old pal that shares the same name bolted for the association leaving Jackson to do everything for the Ducks. But the Lukester has stepped up showing that he can run the floor, handle the ball, be a mother duck and still not brush his hair.
|Stats: 21.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.6 apg
Hodge is a lanky gangsta from NYC who is finally playing up to his potential down south. He can play the point, shut down the opponentís best player, and create his own shot on offense. Hodge has been splendid in leading the Wolfpack to second place in the treacherous ACC. Heís on the floor for the entire game and besides leading the team in scoring he also manages to grab 6 boards, dish out 4 assists and shoot a stellar 50% from the field. Plus he has interesting quotes about eating when he is hungry and a desire to be a No. 16 seed.
|Stats: 18 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.0 apg
|The Guy You Don't KNow
This is for Luis Flores, Kirk Snyder, Phill Misseli, Odell Bradley, Nigel Dixon, Chaz Carr, Taylor Coppenrath, Ricky Minard, Cedric Banks, Stetson Hairston, Tim Keller, and David Hawkins. These guys are worth watching and even if they wont go on to play in the NBA can play for any team in the nation.
|Stats: Pretty Damn Good
Childress would be higher but the Cardinal were undefeated before he started fro-ing it up. But Josh is legit and is probably the reason why Stanford is still undefeated. He has stepped up to be the leader of the most solid and well-rounded team in recent history and has also shown the ability to take the big shot. Childress is fundamentally sound, rebounds and passes exceptionally well and does just about everything. If Stanford finishes their storybook season undefeated Childress might fly to the top of this prestigious list.
|Stats: 14.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.6 apg
Despite constantly putting up big numbers and being the main reason for Bobby Knight keeping the Red Raiders in the top 25, Emmett is underrated. Emmett might not be a sharpshooter, but he is a pure scorer who can put the ball in the basket as effectively as any player in the nation. He averages 22 points on 53% shooting, and is as smooth around the basket as any player in intercollegiate sports.
|Stats: 21.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 53.6% FG
The Sun Devil worshipers must be so damn bad because they canít win with the enrollment of Ike. Diogu is a monster inside and is basically unstoppable even though opposing defenses routinely double and triple team him. Diogu has begun to step outside to find some free space. Go pro Ike because youíre the hero playing with a bunch of zeroes.
|Stats: 22.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 53.1% FG
Warrick has asserted himself as a scorer this season and has picked up some of the slack to fill Meloís presence for the defending champs. Warrick has a spider man like wingspan that makes him a top-flight rebounder and rejection artisit. But what is most impressive is Warrickís post moves and nack to score inside. Warrick will have to play like an banshee with his head cut off if Syracuse has any hope of coming close to repeating.
|Stats: 19.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 52.2% FG
Delonte. West continuously amazes with his ability to do everything. He often leaves the viewer wondering if he is as good, if not better, than his backcourt counterpart. West is just as joyful to watch as Jameer and will next year be the solo leader up on Hawk Hill. West and Nelson are pefect together and always understand what the other is trying to accomplish.
|Stats: 19.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.9 apg, 91% FT
|Lawrence Roberts /John Lucas
|Miss St./Okla St.
Possible Big 12 player of the year. Possible SEC player of the Year. What the hell went on at Baylor last year. Roberts and Lucus are legit talents who both play with the maturity of having experiences both on and off the court. The success of both of these players is one of the best stories of the year. Both were given an opportunity and both seized their chance. Kudos.
|Roberts stats: 17.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 55.8% FG Lucas Stats: 15 ppg, 4.7 apg, 2.6 rpg, 89.4% FT
Frodo Baggins has company as Stepp is also ready to save middle earth (or mid-majors). Stepp has one of the best shots in college basketball, but is most valuable as the heartbeat of the immensely talented Zags. Stepparoo is a winner and has a cast of big men that are as beefy as a Carl Jr. Six Dollar burger.
|Stats: 14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.9 apg, 84.3% FT
Iggy, Iggy, Iggy, can't you see
Sometimes your dunks just hypnotize me
And I just love your flashy ways. Iggy is the most dangerous triple threat in college basketball. He is also a ridiculous athlete and is one of the brightest pro prospects.
|12.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.2 apg
Harris is lighting up the Big 10, a conference that otherwise would be stuck in the dark ages. Harris has played both guard positions and does just about anything that coach Bo Ryan asks of him. With Alando Tucker and Brian Butch wearing redshirts, Harris has elevated his game to become a dominant scorer in the Big 10.
|Stats: 19.2 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.2 rpg
Minnesota doesnít win but Humphries wrecks havoc on the Big 10. He averages 20 and 10 and at times is unstoppable down low. Think Karl Malone. Humphries was supposed to become a Dukie but realized that his ass is allergic to even a small does of time and he wants minutes.
|Stats: 22 ppg, 10.1 rpg