As February melts (hopefully for us in the Northeast) into March, college hoopsters prepare for the madness. After spending ample time viewing the nation’s hoopsters, I have assembled my own team – Casey’s Crew. Using the premise of “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts” I challenge anyone who thinks they can organize a better group. We can ball on asphalt or the hard wood – whatever your liking. We can go in front of a capacity crowd or an empty cathedral. It is your choosing. Here’s my team.
PG – Sean Singletary – Junior – University of Virginia. The first words that come to mind when asked to describe this guy: fearless playmaker. Yeah, he wants the ball. He knows what to do with it, and he’s not afraid to do it. Singletary loves traffic. Bring the pressure to him. He will either get the ball to the cup or in the hands of someone else who can. When considering that ‘anyone can take the helm when the sea is calm’, Singletary is my guy to takeover when a lake effect storm is rising.
G – Drew Neitzel – Junior – Michigan State University. Chutzpah! That’s the word to describe this baller. Three years of tutelage under Tom Izzo has tempered this Spartan into a daring player. The Wisconsin Badgers had front-row seats to his escapades. Neitzel performs when his team calls on him. And playing for Izzo means Drew can defend and rebound like no other guard in the nation.
With these two in my backcourt I beg you to press us. Go ahead! Bring it! 1-2-1-1. 2-2-1. Run ‘n’ Jump. 1-3-1 three – quarter. Whatever is your flavor of the day, these guys will turn it into a dunk fest at the other end of the court.
F – Reyshawn Terry – Senior – University of North Carolina. Rebound – outlet – go. And up ahead of the break will be Terry. Roy Williams has taught this kid the purpose for running the floor: to stretch the defense. Terry doesn’t just run the floor when he sees a chance to score. He runs the floor to stretch the defense and create one on one match -ups. This Tar Heel will add some senior leadership, and he will lock down the opposing team’s go-to player.
F – Al Horford – Junior – University of Florida. Ball-getter. A wide body from the SEC who is not afraid of contact. He knows how to use the contact to his advantage. Leads his team with almost nine rebounds per game. Bring it on you one-handed shot-blocker from the Big Ten!
C – Chris Holm – Senior – University of Vermont. He is the leading rebounder on the team that is leading the nation in rebound margin. Do not be fooled into thinking that Holm has feasted on a soft schedule in the American East Conference. This Catamount averages twelve rebounds a game – five on the offensive glass. Earlier this season he banged out eleven rebounds at College Park, ten rebounds at Chestnut Hill, and nine rebounds in Lansing. This kid’s idea of a post entry is getting to the boards for a put back. What’s more – he doesn’t require the ball to keep him happy. I don’t want my playmakers having to worry about whether their big guy is going to sulk if he doesn’t get the ball.
6th Man – Kevin Durant – Freshman – University of Texas. Hey frosh! Wait your turn. It’d do you some good to learn from these guys. We know you got the goods. We want to know if you got what it takes to play when there is no one cheering. Can you play when there’s no one but players in the gym? Don’t worry. We’ll give you your run. When we do give you your chance, you best be ready. And, oh yeah, there’s more to the game than the highlight reel. Stick your chest in there and take a charge. Play some D. Get on the floor. Let’s see some elbow burns.
We’re ready. I took first pick, so you get to pick the locale. Let’s see your team.