Robert Horry, a 6'9" small forward from Alabama, and Murray State's Ronald (Popeye) Jones, a 6'8" rebounder, are the best bets to supplant one of the above. And Missouri's Anthony Peeler, a 6'4" shooting guard, Virginia's 6'5" forward Bryant Stith and Arkansas's 6'2" May-berry are also on the lottery borderline.
The best lottery long shot? Tony Bennett of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who is smart, tough and, at 6 feet, that elusive true point guard.
The best player you've never heard of? Could be Chaminade's George Gilmore, a 6-foot point guard who burned Arkansas and North Carolina State with 38 and 37 points, respectively. If Gilmore scores like that in the postseason tournaments, he could sneak into the first round.
The Suns Begin to Shine
The Yakima (Wash.) Sun Kings have been making a lot of news in the CBA this season. They got off to a 1-7 start that led to the firing of head coach Dean Nicholson. He was replaced by Bill Klucas, who didn't exactly turn things around—the Sun Kings lost 18 in a row before Klucas got his notice. The current king of the Sun Kings is none other than Robert Reid, the former NBA forward who took a position as player-assistant with the Tri-City Chinook at the beginning of the season so he could learn the coaching ropes. He found himself with a head job much sooner than he expected. Yakima is a respectable 11-14 under Reid, though it still occupies the basement in the National Conference.
Yakima's top player was former Celtic Conner Henry, but he recently decided to bolt Yakima in favor of a professional team in France. Nevertheless, the Kings plugged away. And last week they were involved in one of the most remarkable games in league history—a quadruple-overtime marathon against the Albany Patroons. Sun Kings forward Lee Campbell, a second-year player from Southwest Missouri State, was the hero of this one, playing 66 of the 68 minutes and finishing with 39 points and 25 rebounds in Yakima's 166-160 victory.