...as he is a young man.
I know. You told Tito he could play on a front line with Nikita (Wilson) and John (Williams) and go down in history. (Click.) Hey, where were you in '62? NC-Double A, you're on the air.
Paul Evans, sir. U.S. Naval Academy.
Aye, aye, coach! We were all set to play "Anchors Aweigh."
We appreciate that, sir. As we would appreciate your considering our David Robinson.
He still needs some work in the defense department. Ha! (Click.)
Well, that's it. We don't have a winner yet. But we'll send each caller an official Patrick Ewing memorial fill-that-hole-in-the-middle plastic 45 rpm record adapter as a consolation prize....
College basketball has undergone a top-to-bottom; November-through-Dallas programming change. NCAA's deejay may be a bit cynical about the quality of big men this season, but he's broadcasting the fundamental truth: Long-player 33s are out. Forty-fives are in.
That No. 33 stands for Georgetown's Patrick Ewing and all he represented. Patrick is gone, indentured to the pros along with the 12 other players 6'9" or taller who were taken with the first 17 picks in the NBA draft. Meanwhile, the NCAA Rules Committee, like an edgy program director keeping an eye on the Arbitron ratings, has adopted the 45-second clock to eliminate all-out stalls.
If the rich won't exactly get richer as a result of these developments, they'll certainly have their interests protected. In theory, the clock will force the action, put an even greater premium on pure talent and make upsets more difficult and less frequent. "Now every team will have to deliver the goods every time down the court," says Providence assistant coach Gordon Chiesa. And while there are some good centers in the college game, there aren't any great ones. That figures to reward depth, speed and quickness at the other four spots on the floor. "It'll make a lot of games more interesting," says San Diego State coach Dave (Smokey) Gaines. "You can't go 32-0 without that man in the middle. And I mean man." Adds Jim Satalin, of Duquesne, "It comes down to who's got the most, not the biggest."