Four starters are back from a 27--6 club, including 6'11" forward Nick
Fazekas, the best mid-major player in the nation.
SAN DIEGO STATE
Guard Brandon Heath (18.4 ppg) leads a lineup that's bolstered by high-flying
transfer Lorrenzo Wade.
J.R. Giddens | 6'5" | jr. | SG | NEW MEXICO
Acrobatic former McDonald's All-American hit 33.7% of his three-pointers at
Drew Lavender |
5'7" | jr. | PG | XAVIER
Wee playmaker who left Oklahoma will create easy transition buckets for veteran
Micah Downs |
6'8" | soph. | SG | GONZAGA
Rangy sharpshooter never made the rotation at Kansas, but he'll give Zags'
attack a sizable lift when he becomes eligible on Dec. 16.
Mike Cook |
6'4" | jr. | G-F | PITT
Began at East Carolina and did the unusual: moved to a higher-profile program.
Will make a difference once he learns to play Big East D.
Dameon Mason |
6'5" | jr. | G-F | LSU
Averaged 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds as a Marquette sophomore. Adds size,
athleticism to a backcourt that has plenty of both.
MAKE OR BREAK
Joe Crawford |
6'5" | jr. | SG | KENTUCKY
For Wildcats to challenge in the SEC, versatile scorer must have a breakout
Malik Hairston |
6'6" | jr. | SG | OREGON
Despite career 14.1-point average, has yet to lead Ducks to the NCAAs--or even