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You're Just What We're Looking For
December 03, 2012
Help Wanted: Many teams entered the season with open positions ranging from the point to the paint. It's still early, but these players have answered the call and shown they're up to the job
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December 03, 2012

You're Just What We're Looking For

Help Wanted: Many teams entered the season with open positions ranging from the point to the paint. It's still early, but these players have answered the call and shown they're up to the job

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The depleted Shockers were expected to tumble this year, but they have two quality wins already (at VCU, over Iowa at the Cancun Challenge), and juco transfer Cleanthony Early is a big reason for their early success. In the 75--63 defeat of Iowa in the Cancun final, the 6'8" small forward had 25 points and nine rebounds.

ALABAMA

Long-range shooting

Trevor Releford and Trevor Lacey—both guards—are 23 of 45 from deep through five games, with Lacey hitting a game-winning trey against South Dakota State and Releford going 5 for 5 in a 77--55 romp over Villanova. Releford's marksmanship earned him MOP honors at the 2K Sports Classic. The Tide made just 28.9% of its threes last season.

CONNECTICUT

POST SCORING

Freshman 6'4" forward Breanna Stewart has not only taken over the post—89 points in the first five games—but also established herself as a player of the year candidate. Stewart was named MVP of the Paradise Jam tournament after putting up 57 points in the Huskies' three wins.

MICHIGAN STATE

A floor general

Junior Keith Appling (team-leading 16.4 ppg, 49.2 FG%) has emerged as the Spartans' latest star at the point. "I'm putting about as much on his plate as he can handle," said coach Tom Izzo after Appling's clutch shooting helped avoid an upset against Oakland last Friday. "I'm not an easy guy to please, but I'm really proud of him."

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