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5 Minute Guide
November 23, 2009
SI's tip sheet for the new faces to watch, names to know and story lines to follow in 2009--10
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November 23, 2009

5 Minute Guide

SI's tip sheet for the new faces to watch, names to know and story lines to follow in 2009--10

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G Willie Warren 6'4" Soph. Oklahoma
G Sherron Collins 5'11" Sr. Kansas
F Luke Harangody 6'8" Sr. Notre Dame
F Kyle Singler 6'8" Jr. Duke
C Cole Aldrich 6'11" Jr. Kansas
G Kalin Lucas 6'1" Jr. Michigan State
G John Wall 6'4" Fr. Kentucky
F Al-Farouq Aminu 6'9" Soph. Wake Forest
F Patrick Patterson 6'9" Jr. Kentucky
C Greg Monroe 6'11" Soph. Georgetown
G Scottie Reynolds 6'2" Sr. Villanova
G Isaiah Thomas 5'8" Soph. Washington
F Craig Brackins 6'10" Jr. Iowa State
F Robbie Hummel 6'8" Jr. Purdue
F Ed Davis 6'10" Soph. North Carolina

The Distaff Dunker

Just as posterizing—the practice of dunking on an opponent viciously enough to deserve commemoration—started out as an NBA phenomenon, YouTubing such slams (the video equivalent) has become all the rage in the college game. That's partly because the embarrassment is being exacted at the expense of noted posterizers LeBron James, whose handlers worked to keep video of Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron at his own camp this summer off the Internet, and Jerry Stackhouse, who got a face full of Kentucky's John Wall at a North Carolina pro-am in August. On the women's side, look for 6'8" skywalker BRITTNEY GRINER of Baylor to continue building a dunk reel. The Lady Bears have plays drawn up specifically for her to throw down.

Cinderellas Who Will Dance Deep Into March

IOWA STATE / Conference player of the year candidate Craig Brackins (20.2 points per game last season) and junior college transfer Marquis Gilstrap (22.6) give the Cyclones one of the best one-two scoring punches in the Big 12.

GONZAGA / The outfit that just missed the Sweet 16 last spring lost one rotation player (guard Jami Schaefer) but got back sharpshooting guard Tiffanie Shives (who missed 10 games with a knee injury) and added guard-forward Katelan Redmon, a transfer from Washington.

SI's All-Name Team



G ALIBABA ODD, Delaware State

F BAK BAK, California

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