2002 NCAA Preview

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The following conference preview is provided by Blue Ribbon. For the nation's most comprehensive look at all Division I teams, be sure to order the 2001-02 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, on sale now at 1-800-775-2518.

Division I Independents
Projected order of finish
1  Texas-Pan American  5  Morris Brown 
2  Texas A&M-Corpus Christi  6  Gardner-Webb 
3  Centenary  7  Savannah State 
4  Lipscomb       
All-Independents Team
Pos.  Name  Year  School  PPG 
G   Michael Gale   SO   Centenary   8.2  
G   Mire Chatman   SR   Texas-Pan American   18.0  
G   Anthony Adams   SR   Morris Brown   14.2  
F   DeMario Hooper   SO   Centenary   N/A  
F   Alvin Payton   SR   Savannah State   10.7  
Player of the Year    Mire Chatman, SR, Texas-Pan American
Newcomer of the Year    DeMario Hooper, SO, Centenary

Third-year coach Bob Hoffman has done a solid job cleaning up a Texas-Pan American program that was left in shambles by former coach Delray Brooks. Hoffman loses three-point shooter Brian Merriweather, but returns three other starters, including senior guard Mire Chatman, who managed to score 18 points a game while defenses were worried about Merriweather. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has been paying its dues against a rugged schedule, but nevertheless has been respectable during the two-year run of coach Ronnie Arrow (27-27). Arrow loses Michael Hicks, perhaps the best player in the Independent ranks a year ago, but gains brothers Thomas Bailey, a 6-7 forward, and Travis Bailey, a 6-2 guard, both of whom were academically ineligible a year ago. Centenary also loses a big gun in Ronnie McCollum, who led the nation in scoring a year ago. But sophomore Michael Gale seems capable of shouldering some of the scoring load, and he'll get help from two Division I transfers, DeMario Hooper and Andrew Wisniewski. Hooper, a 6-4 sophomore, was a member of Tulsa's Elite Eight team and was a Top 100 recruit. He left after former coach Bill Self bolted for Illinois. The 6-2 Wisniewski will also have three years of eligibility after leaving St. Peter's. He was a 20.2 point per game scorer as a senior in 1998-99 at St. Peter's High School on Staten Island.  


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