Thursday, February 24, 2005

Who's This Year's Carmelo Anthony?

Ever since Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to a National Championship in 2003, every freshman that has played in the NCAA Tournament has looked to "Carmelo-ize" a team or program. This season's crop of newcomers does not have a clear-cut player that will carry his team in the Big Dance. There are several possibilities, though.

Marvin Williams, North Carolina: Best NBA prospect in the college game does not even start.
DeMarcus Nelson, Duke: Provides a little bit of everything coming off the bench.
Rudy Gay, Connecticut: Creates match-up problems with his height and shooting ability.
Jeff Green, Georgetown: Best freshman in Big East is tough to guard and very underrated.
Ronald Ramon, Pitt: Provides instant shooting and scoring when he comes in the game.
Drew Neitzel, Michigan State: Since inserted into the lineup, the Spartans have taken off.
JamesOn Curry, Oklahoma State: Super scorer has been catalyst for recent winning ways.
Daniel Gibson, Texas: Top freshman in the country has carried Longhorns at times.
Darius Washington, Memphis: If Tigers get in, most of the credit goes to Washington.
Jordan Farmar, UCLA: Do-it-all point guard for the Bruins is the best freshman in the West.
Rajon Rando, Kentucky: Terrific defender, and the offensive game is coming around lately.
Randolph Morris, Kentucky: Solid big man inside gives the Wildcats a post presence.
Ronald Steele, Alabama: Plays beyond his years; can score and pass with efficiency.
Glen Davis, LSU: Best freshman post player is a load to guard in the paint.

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