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Tim Crothers
November 27, 1995
Why is Kansas ranked No. 1? That's just one of the questions to be answered as the '95-96 season gets under way
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November 27, 1995

The Top 20

Why is Kansas ranked No. 1? That's just one of the questions to be answered as the '95-96 season gets under way

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Thompson responded by recruiting freshman guard Victor Page, the first Hoya with an outside shooting touch since Reggie Williams last toiled on the Hilltop in 1987. Page was the player everyone was talking about in the Jabbo Kenner League in Washington, D.C., this summer, and he delivered in his Hoya debut, scoring 18 points against Colgate in his first college game. Page's ability to hit the outside shot should also help free up senior center Othella Harrington to roam the middle without an entourage of defenders. Harrington led the Hoyas with 21 points in their opener.

One worry for Georgetown is that Iverson still hasn't read the point guard manual; he had six assists against Colgate, but he also turned the ball over four times. And there are now occasional signs that the coach might be reaching for the reins again. 'Allen will learn someday that he's the actor and I'm the director," Thompson groused recently. "I write the script." Sounds like the real John Thompson after all.

7. Iowa

The Hawkeyes are this season's sleeper, but can anybody name any of their players?

A fry cook at McDonald's in Iowa City nearly came up with a correct response recently when he spotted a large guy with large fries and screamed, "Oh, my god, it's Jess Settles." Alas, he was staring at Settles's Hawkeye teammate, Chris Kingsbury.

It's tough to get noticed when you haven't won a Big Ten crown in 17 years and aren't as popular on campus as the wrestling team. It doesn't help that Iowa is one of five teams in the SI Top 20 that didn't qualify for the NCAA tournament last season. But something is sprouting in the heartland. Kingsbury is a 6'5" guard who may be the best long-range shooter in the nation. He twice made nine three-pointers in a game last season. He already owns the school career record for treys with 161, and he can connect from anywhere on the floor inside the half-court line. Kingsbury, junior forward Settles and junior point guard Andre Woolridge are three of the Big Ten's top-five returning scorers. The Hawkeyes also recruited guard Trey Bullet, a fitting addition for a team that last year set conference records for three-pointers converted (158) and attempted (413).

Trouble is, if Kingsbury's missiles misfire, will any Hawkeye be there to rebound? Russ Millard, a 6'8" senior, has played only one full year because of academic and health problems, and if he doesn't produce, the season could rest on the underdeveloped shoulders of sophomore Ryan Bowen and freshmen J.R. Koch. Iowa's goal should be to earn a Big Ten title and then look forward to 1996-97, when this team full of stellar juniors might really make a name for itself.

8. Memphis

Why will the Tigers be better without their best player?

When junior forward David Vaughn declared himself eligible for the NBA draft this spring, he ranked second in school history in blocks, fourth in rebounding and 12th in scoring. He was selected in the first round by the Orlando Magic. So how is it that Memphis has all five starters back? Because when Vaughn missed five games in February after suffering a foot injury, he effectively lost his job to 6'5" forward Michael Wilson. "It was time for David to move on," says Memphis coach Larry Finch, who happens to be Vaughn's uncle. "He'd done everything he could in college, and he'd all but lost his desire. I think he'll be a better pro."

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