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April 03, 1995
No one else in college basketball has a more complete game than Stackhouse. He could start for any NBA team right now.WESLEY BURRIS, ALBEMARLE, N.C.
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April 03, 1995


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No one else in college basketball has a more complete game than Stackhouse. He could start for any NBA team right now.

Player of the Year
I was excited to see North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse on the March 6 cover as your college basketball player of the year and to read about what a class act he is (House Afire). To watch Stackhouse and players like Joe Smith of Maryland, Bryant Reeves of Oklahoma State and Jacque Vaughn of Kansas is such a relief from the showboating and trash talking that is ruining basketball.

When I saw that Stackhouse was your pick, I was surprised, especially with all the other outstanding players—Joe Smith, North Carolina's Rasheed Wallace, Michigan State's Shawn Respert, etc.—to choose from. However, after reading the article, I felt you justified your selection, even if Stackhouse probably won't be the consensus player of the year. Here's hoping he stays in school for his junior year and becomes the consensus pick next season.
RICH BEAMER JR., Stafford, Va.

How could you ignore Wake Forest's Randolph Childress, who scored 107 points in the ACC tournament, breaking Len Rosenbluth's scoring record set back in 1957?
KIRBY BOWEN, Goose Creek, S.C.

It's a gross injustice that Texas Christian University's Kurt Thomas wasn't mentioned. Here is a guy who is only the third player in the history of Division I basketball to lead the nation in both scoring and rebounding. The SWC may not be the ACC or the Big East, but it is a legitimate conference. Thomas's stats definitely place him among the game's elite players.

Don't tell me that Jack McCallum wrote an article on the best players without mentioning Syracuse's Lawrence Moten. Moten, the Big East's alltime leading scorer, has been college basketball's most consistent player, averaging 19.3 points a game over four years and scoring in double figures in 118 of his 121 games.
MATT MARKO, Clinton, N.Y.

You overlooked Oklahoma's Ryan Minor, the Big Eight's leading scorer, who is also near the top in rebounds and steals.

Gerry Callahan's article about former NBA first-round picks playing in the Continental Basketball Association depicted the CBA as a basketball Siberia (Get Me Out of Here, Feb. 27). I do the radio play-by-play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce, and I can tell you that the quality of basketball in the CBA is outstanding. The comment that the Rapid City Thrillers take a "backseat to the rodeo" is ludicrous. Rapid City and Sioux Falls both draw more than 5,000 fans a game, which is a lot when you consider, for example, that only about 10,000 people out of Los Angeles's vast population choose to stomach the NBA Clippers on a given night.

Callahan was right, however, when he said that CBA players play hard every night. That alone often makes this league more genuine than its big brother.
SCOTT JOHNSON, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.

It's a shame that players like George McCloud and Rumeal Robinson are followed by millions of fans while in college but are quickly forgotten when they fail to make the League. Baseball has 175 farm teams, and minor league hockey has 71 teams, yet the CBA teams, only 14 in number, are struggling to survive. The financial support the NBA gives the CBA is a mere fraction of what it pays one lottery pick. The future Mario Elies and Elliot Perrys still toiling in the CBA deserve better.