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the players' choice awards
Seth Davis
November 20, 2000
In this election year, SI had panels of players cast their votes and speak their minds about the best and worst in the college game
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November 20, 2000

The Players' Choice Awards

In this election year, SI had panels of players cast their votes and speak their minds about the best and worst in the college game

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Toughest place to play (tie)

Connecticut (31%).
"The fans at Gampel are ruthless. They get on you from the time you walk in."

Syracuse (31%).
"Not only do they put a lot of fans in the Carrier Dome, but it's a type of arena you're not used to playing in. It's something you have to adjust to, especially when it comes to shooting."

Best future pro
Murphy (77%).
"He's a player you have to devote all of your attention to. He doesn't get taken out of his game too easily."

Sleeper team
Georgetown (46%).
"They have some big players and very nice guards. I just think it's a matter of time before it all meshes. With [point guard Kevin] Braswell maturing another year, I think he will help that team a lot."

Best defender
Samuel Dalembert, center, Seton Hall (46%).
"He can make plays that are unbelievable. If he learn: better footwork instead of just relying on blocked shots, he could be the best defender in the country."

Dirtiest player
Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, center, Georgetown (23%).
"When you go in the lane, he'll let you know he's there. He'll push you, elbow you, bite you. You know, I could have said that about the whole Georgetown team."

Strongest player (tie)

Rashod Kent, forward, Rutgers (23%).
"He's an animal. He's an undersized center [6'6", 265] with a big body, and he knows how to use it. You can't go through him; you have to go around him."

Anthony Glover, forward, St. John's (23%).
"I've never seen anyone his size [6'6", 225] control the middle the way he does. He has a nice frame and a warrior's mentality."

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