Michigan State's Durrell Summers
Why will Michigan State win the national championship? As I sat down and thought about what to plug into the blank document in front of me, I really believed I could finish this post and still feel completely vindicated with a mere two words: Tom Izzo.
Izzo, in my opinion, is arguably the best coach in the nation — a tier accompanied by only a few other greats — and prepares his players like no other. Read More »
(photo. All-Pro Photography by Dale Sparks)
Kevin Jones first appeared in Dime when he was a junior at storied Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High School, and has been down with the magazine ever since. Now a sophomore at West Virginia, the 6-8 forward has been instrumental in the Mountaineers run to this year’s Final Four, averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds this season. And in WVU’s first four wins of the Tournament, he’s been good for over 15 points and 8 boards a game.
Kevin has agreed to check in with Dime during the most hectic week of his career to give us a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like reaching the pinnacle of college basketball: Read More »
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
In a season where college basketball is without one dominant team, the national championship race is truly wide-open. Last night, #1 Kentucky dropped its first game at unranked South Carolina, becoming the last undefeated team to get familiar with the loss column.
West Virginia has just as good a chance as anybody at taking the whole thing. The 9th-ranked Mountaineers (16-3, 5-2 Big East) have a senior leader in SG/SF Da’Sean Butler who is also their best player, an athletic NBA wing prospect in Devin Ebanks, an explosive point guard in Darryl “Truck” Bryant, a good outside shooter in Wellington Smith, a future Hall of Fame coach in Bob Huggins, an underdog mentality since they’re not Kentucky or Kansas, and an entire legion of hungry wild dogs on the defensive end. Read More »
The 1999-’00 Cincinnati Bearcats team was one of my favorite college squads of all time. This team was tough. Bob Huggins’ roster consisted of Kenyon Martin, Kenny Satterfield, DerMarr Johnson, Pete Mickeal, Jermaine Tate and Steve Logan. A 5-11 combo guard with a mug like DMX, Logan was like a discount Tim Hardaway the way he could break down and bully bigger guards. After Martin, K-Sat and DerMarr bounced to the League the following year, Logan took his game to new heights. As a senior at UC, Logan averaged 22 ppg and was named first team All-American by the Associated Press. Read More »