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December 10 Pick and Rolls
by: Matt Schaefer
December 10, 2007
• Yahoo Sports Jason King has a breakdown of the top six freshmen with links for highlights and obscure facts such the fact that OJ Mayo scored a 29 on his ACT, Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon once played on the same AAU team, and Kyle Singler was an all-state quarterback in high school.

• Villanova was down 21 with nine minutes remaining before staging a historic comeback. Freshman guard Malcolm Grant scored all of his 18 points in the last nine minutes. Jay Wright could have a problem finding enough playing time for all his guards.

Bill Walker’s knee might have just needed a couple weeks to reach full strength. Walker reached season highs in minutes with 35, points with 30, field goal attempts with 22 and free throws made and attempted going 14 of 16 from the line. He shot only 7-22, but it was nice to see Walker be more aggressive and take some of the load off Michael Beasley, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Kansas State’s win over previously undefeated Cal.

• I understand Kentucky is young but getting blown out by Indiana who was without both of their starting guards is quite embarrassing for Billy Gillispie, who is dealing with the possibility of promising freshman Alex Legion transfering.

• Interim head coach Kevin O’Neil told ESPN’s Andy Katz several interesting things. Among them, Lute Olson won’t be at any of the Arizona team practices, Olson will coach the team next season and O’Neil will have his team play man to man at all times as opposed to Olson who mixed in zone occasionally.

• Eddy Landreth for TarHeelDaily.com wants fans to just enjoy watching Tyler Hansborough play now, and stop speculating about how good of a pro he will be.

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Terence Moore talks about Georgia’s surprisingly easy win over Wake Forest and the Bulldogs fast start despite multiple suspensions and arrests.

• The St. Paul Pioneer Press discusses a possible reason why Tubby Smith has a top 20 recruiting class set for next year.

“Tubby Smith is the man behind it all. But assistant coach Vince Taylor quietly has played a major role in putting the University of Minnesota basketball team back on the map. Of the five players who signed letters of intent last month, Taylor played a major role in recruiting Canadian guard Devoe Joseph and junior college players Devron Bostick and Paul Carter, who were impressed that Taylor worked with players such as Kevin Garnett in the NBA.”

• Washington State held Gonzaga to it’s lowest point total since 1996. Matt Bouldin did not even score, going 0-9.

• Jeff Capel discusses how his Oklahoma team was out-hustled, out-coached and out-worked in their loss to Stephen F. Austin Saturday.

• Ex-teammates at the Oak Hill Academy Brandon Jennings and Alex Legion are featured in this interesting ESPN Insider piece by Antonio Williams.
 


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Derrick Rose
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 10/01/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Simeon Vocational
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2008 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
15.7 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 5.0 Asts


Eric Gordon
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 12/25/1988
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Indianapolis North Central
Previous Team: Pelicans , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2008 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
9.5 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Kyle Singler
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Birthday: 05/04/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: South Medford
Previous Team: Pistons , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 2011 Draft
by the Raptors
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
6.5 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Bill Walker
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 225 lbs.
Birthday: 10/09/1987
27 Years Old
Teams:
High School: North College Hill
Previous Team: Kansas State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #17 in 2008 Draft
by the Wizards
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
14.7 Pts, 5.6 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Michael Beasley
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 01/09/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Shanghai , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2008 Draft
by the Heat
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
30.1 Pts, 11.7 Rebs, 4.1 Asts


Vince Taylor
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Birthday: 09/11/1960
54 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Tates Creek
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #11 in 1982 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
3.1 Pts, 1.2 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Devoe Joseph
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 06/21/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Pickering
Previous Team: Turk Telekom , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
4.7 Pts, 2.2 Rebs, 1.3 Asts


Kevin Garnett
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 217 lbs.
Birthday: 05/19/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Farragut Academy
Previous Team: Nets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 1995 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
7.5 Pts, 8.3 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Matt Bouldin
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 224 lbs.
Birthday: 01/07/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Thunder Ridge
Previous Team: Gonzaga , PRO
Drafted: Undrafted in Draft
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
14.7 Pts, 4.7 Rebs, 3.8 Asts


Brandon Jennings
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 169 lbs.
Birthday: 09/23/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Oak Hill Academy
Previous Team: Pistons , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2009 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
16.0 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 5.8 Asts


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