Kodak Coach of the Year Don Monson of
has three double-figure scorers back from last season's Sweet 16 qualifiers who should fight off a challenge from Montana in the Big Sky. Guard Brian Kellerman is a two-time all-league choice, Phil Hopson shot 63.2% last season; and 6'6" Kelvin Smith led the conference in blocked shots. Two junior-college products, 5'11" Joe Sweeney, who didn't play high school ball, and 6-foot Stan Arnold, are battling to start at point guard.
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS
begins its first season in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association with intense pressure on Coach Jerry Tarkanian to qualify for the tournament. Sharpshooting Larry Anderson (page 49), Center Sidney Green and Tarkanian's son Danny are good players who have fallen short before, but the addition of freshman Eldridge Hudson, considered by some to be the top small-forward prospect in the class of '86, will help.
Charles Barkley of
is a War Eagle who looks like Big Bird. Last season, as a 6'6", 260-pound freshman, he arrived in Kentucky to catcalls of "Hey, Fatty!" and unloaded 25 points and 17 rebounds. Then, in the National Sports Festival, he reported at 285 pounds, but led the South to the championship with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the title game. "Never in my life have I seen so much quickness and agility in a man so big," says Tulsa Coach Nolan Richardson, Barkley's mentor at the Sports Festival. Barkley, who led the SEC in rebounding as a freshman, is back down to 260. He'll join four seniors who started last season. Among the freshmen, Forward Chuck Person is somebody.