July 08, 2012

DG 128

In dread gallery #128 we'll look at some action featuring players with dreads on teams that were good enough to be invited to the four postseason tournaments. But before we get to the photos, just a quick mention here of the players with dreads who did not appear in any of of DG this season. I tried, but sorry, I couldn't find any pictures of them. Maybe next year:

  • Joe Harris - Central Arkansas 6-4 SR G - 3.4 PPG
  • D.J. Lewis - New Mexico State - 6-0 FR G - 0.3 PPG
  • Bryan "Freddie" Scott - Delaware State - 6-10 FR C - 0.0 PPG
  • Bakari Taylor - Hampton - 6-5 JR F - 1.3 PPG

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1. Freshman F Angelo Chol, G Nick Johnson (#13), and F Solomon Hill have this shot covered - you think? - as Bucknell F Mike Muscala tries to score during 1st half of an NIT 1st round game on Mar. 14 at Tucson. Chol had 1 blocked shot in the game (but this wasn't it) along with 5 points and 5 rebounds. Muscala was the game's high scorer with 20.

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2. Senior F Jesse Perry has the ball stolen by F Joe Williams, a key turnover with 7:21 remaining in 2nd half and Arizona down by 7. Perry finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds in his final game in an Arizona uniform. After a FT by Perry brought the Wildcats to within 56-54 with 2:59 to go, Bucknell finished the game on a 9-0 run to win 65-54 and end Arizona's season at 23-12.

Sadly, about a month after the season, Perry had an incident where he let his anger get the best of him and now is in a bit of trouble: http://azstarnet.com/sports/basketball/college/wildcats/arizona-basketball-perry-to-be-arraigned-on-felony-counts/article_63ca08c2-830b-5202-9e4e-72afdf910877.html ..... Perry has since pleaded not guilty, and his next court date is set for July 19. Having no prior record, Perry likely will not have to go to jail; so hopefully this will just be a wakeup call for him and a lesson learned. We'll see.

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3. Just like Arizona, LSU was one-and-done in the NIT. Freshman G Anthony Hickey watches Oregon G Devoe Joseph go up for 2 on Mar. 13. Watching Joseph score was a sight Hickey and LSU fans got tired of. Joseph hit 11 of 17 from the field and scored a game-high 25 points. Oregon shot 57% for the game and cruised to a 96-76 win. LSU finished at 18-15 and will be under new management next season as former LSU player Johnny Jones will be the head coach for Hickey and Johnny O'Bryant in their sophomore season.

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4. Akron played better than LSU and Arizona, but they didn't get past the 1st round of the NIT either. G Dave Sobolewski drives against junior F Quincy Diggs during 1st half on Mar. 13 at Evanston, IL.

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5. Quincy Diggs reacts after an Akron foul with :12 to play and Northwestern leading by 3. A lot happened in those final 12 seconds though, and Akron had a chance to win but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Northwestern held on to win 76-74. Diggs had one of his best games of the season with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists as the Zips finished at 22-12. Quincy barely missed making my 2012 all-America with dreads team, and it will be disappointing if he doesn't make it next year. After averaging 3.3 PPG as a freshman and 5.3 PPG as a sophomore, he averaged 8.5 points (44.6 FG%), 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 25 minutes per game as a junior.

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6. G Jalen Steele of Mississippi State looks to pass the ball before he gets trapped by UMass G Freddie Riley and C Sean Carter during 2nd half of a 1st round NIT game on Mar. 13. Riley played 9 minutes and took 8 shots, making 2, as UMass advanced to round 2 with a 101-96 road win in OT.

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7. Freddie Riley congratulates G Jesse Morgan after Morgan's 3-point FG gave UMass their first lead of the night at 62-60, capping a 26-7 run that forced Drexel to call a timeout with 7:18 to play on Mar. 20. Riley must have heard about his shooting spree from the coaching staff because he attempted 1 shot in 9 minutes in a 2nd round victory over Seton Hall and had no shots at all against Drexel in 13 minutes. UMass won their 3rd straight on the road 72-70 to advance to the NIT final 4.

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8. Freddie Riley, 6-5 junior, dunks in front of F Dwight Powell to bring UMass to within 31-29 of Stanford with 3:55 remaining in 1st half of NIT semifinal on Mar. 27 at New York.

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9. Here's a closer view of Riley's dunk, which capped a 13-3 UMass run.

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10. Riley celebrates after his dunk, and why not? I wouldn't be surprised if it was his only one all season. Riley played 25 minutes and finished with 10 points, including a 3-pointer that gave the Minutemen their only lead of the game at 50-49. But it was all Stanford after that, and the Cardinal went on to win 74-64 and end UMass' season at 25-12. Unlike most players, Riley's stats are getting worse as he goes along. His scoring average and FG shooting percentage dropped for the 2nd year in a row. As a junior he averaged 6.5 points (34.5%) and 1.5 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. I know, 34% isn't that bad when all of your shots are 3-pointers (174 of Riley's 249 FG attempts were from 3-point range), but still he needs to do better and finish up strong next year.

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11. Sophomore G Dwight Smith of Colorado State goes up but can't block this shot by Murray State G Latreze Mushatt during 2nd half of a 2nd round game in the NCAA Tournament on Mar. 15 at Louisville. Smith played only 9 minutes, finishing with 1 point and 2 rebounds. CSU led by 1 at the half but then shot 7 for 25 in 2nd half, and Murray State pulled away for the 58-41 victory. For the season Smith finished with averages of 5.1 points (48.9 FG%) 2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 16 minutes.

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12. Junior F Carl Hall of Wichita State puts up a shot against F Juvonte Reddic during 1st half of NCAA Tournament game at Portland, OR, on Mar. 15. Hall had a strong game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists in 32 minutes, but the 5th seeded Shockers finished at 27-6, losing a tough one to #12 seed VCU 62-59. Hall went with the less impressive reduced dreads for the game .....

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13. ..... and so did sophomore G Jordair Jett in St. Louis' two NCAA Tournament games. Jett fakes G Brandan Kearney off his feet and draws a shooting foul with 4:04 to play and St. Louis trailing by 3 during 3rd round at Columbus on Mar. 18. Jett had a strong game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals, but the Billikens' season ended at 26-8 with a 65-61 loss to #1 seed Michigan State. If there was an all-6th man team in college basketball, Jordair would be on it. In 34 games (0 starts) he averaged 6.5 points (46.7 FG%), 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in 22 minutes per game. With the Billikens losing two seniors off the roster, maybe Jett will get on the floor a bit more next year and improve enough to make my all-America with dreads team.

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14. No reduced dreads here, thankfully ...... Creighton G Antoine Young does the flop and draws an offensive foul on Alabama G Levi Randolph with 5:57 to play in 1st half on Mar. 16 at Greensboro, NC. It was Randolph's only turnover of the game in 30 minutes.

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15. Levi Randolph's dreads get full extension as he is defended by G Josh Jones.

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16. This time it's Levi Randolph's turn to play defense, as Josh Jones dribbles upcourt during the 2nd round NCAA Tournament game.

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17. Levi Randolph gets fouled by G Grant Gibbs to prevent an easy basket with 5:52 to go. It turned into a great foul for Creighton when Randolph missed both FT attempts. 12 seconds later Creighton scored to take a 51-50 lead and never trailed again. Levi had a tough day shooting as he wrapped up his freshman season, finishing the game with 7 points (2-9 FG, 2-6 FT) and 5 rebounds. Alabama finished 21-12, blowing an 11-point lead in 2nd half and losing to Creighton 58-57 when their last-second shot was blocked (or was it a foul?).

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18. Another freshman G with dreads making his NCAA Tournament debut was R.J. Williams of Loyola (Maryland) on Mar. 15, although things aren't going so well for him on this play during 1st half as he is defended by Ohio State G Aaron Craft.

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19. R.J. Williams and F Erik Etherly have Aaron Craft trapped, but Williams gets too aggressive and picks up a foul. R.J. was in foul trouble all night, picking up two fouls in the first 1:48 of the game and two more in the first 1:40 of the 2nd half.

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20. R.J. Williams and Aaron Craft have another close encounter, as Craft tries to get to the basket during 2nd half.

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21. R.J. Williams and G Justin Drummond look on from the bench during the closing minutes of Loyola's season. Williams had 2 points and 4 assists before fouling out in 22 minutes. And Drummond did him one better, fouling out in just 15 minutes. The Greyhounds fought hard but simply were no match for the #2 seeded Buckeyes, losing 78-59 to finish at 24-9.

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22. Sophomore G Reese Holliday of Toledo gets trapped and tied up by forwards Mike McFadden (#1) and Russell Johnson of Robert Morris during 1st half of a 2nd round game in the CIT at Toledo on Mar. 17.

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23. Reese Holliday tries to put up a shot, but Mike McFadden is not having it on this play. Scoring was a big problem for the Rockets, especially in the 1st half. RMU jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led 18-3 when Toledo finally got their 1st FG with 8:18 to go until halftime. The Rockets ended up shooting 6-29 before the break. Holliday finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds as Toledo lost an ugly one at home 69-51. Still, their 19-17 record was a huge improvement over last year's 4-28.

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24. Senior G Isiah Williams of Utah Valley defends as G Scott Bamforth drives to the basket during CIT 1st round action on Mar. 13. Williams did his best, finishing with 26 points and 7 rebounds, but could not prevent the Wolverines' season from coming to an end. After winning 13 in a row, UVU lost their last three, including 72-69 at Weber State, to finish at 20-13. The 6-0 Williams made 1st team all-Great West Conf. in both of his seasons at UVU, so a pro basketball career overseas might be in his future.

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25. Near the end of the season Pittsburgh F Nasir Robinson (just as he did for a couple of weeks last year) grew out his hair a little bit and turned it into mini-beginner dreads. Here he is defending against F Abe Lodwick of Washington State during Game 3 of the best-of-3 series for the CBI championship on Mar. 30.

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26. If you count Robinson, then I guess Pitt finished the season with two players with dreads. Or maybe not. I'm not sure about 6-7 F Aron Nwankwo. It looks like he's got dreads, but they might be dreads, a la Robert Griffin III. Of course, it'd be easier to know for sure if he hadn't spent the whole season on the bench. Here Nwankwo joins the celebration after Pitt's victory in the CBI. But he played only 8 minutes all season, finishing with 0 points (0-2 FG) and 3 rebounds. This after finishing with 1 point in 15 minutes as a freshman last year. I don't know Aron, but maybe it's time to think about transferring to somewhere where they'll let you play.

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27. Sorry about the lack of dreads here, but this was the only postseason picture I could find of Mercer F Paul Larsen, as he and teammate Jakob Gollon double team Utah State F Morgan Grim during the CIT championship game on Mar. 28. Larsen had totals of 3 points and 6 rebounds in Mercer's 5 games in the CIT. The Bears won twice at home then the last three on the road, including 70-67 at Utah State, to take the trophy back home to Georgia. Larsen, a 6-7 sophomore, averaged 1.6 points (30.2 G%) and 1.4 rebounds in 6 minutes per game.

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After hardly getting off the bench at all in the Big 12 tournament, Baylor senior Anthony Jones saw a little bit more playing time in the NCAA Tournament.

28. Anthony Jones defends against F Marcus Heemstra as #3 seed Baylor takes on #14 seed South Dakota State in 2nd round South regional action on Mar. 15 at Albuquerque.

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29. It's Anthony Jones with the two-hand slam in front of G Griffan Callahan, giving Baylor a 28-24 lead midway through 1st half. Jones played 9 minutes and made the most of them, scoring 11 points (4-5 FG) in a span of 3:28 in the 1st half. South Dakota State refused to go away, but Baylor eventually survived 68-60.

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30. Anthony Jones hits the driving layup - and one, as Colorado F Austin Dufault is called for the foul - putting Baylor ahead to stay 58-57 with 9:35 remaining in the 3rd round game on Mar. 17. 5 minutes later Jones hit a 3-pointer to cap a 21-3 run that made the score 75-60. Anthony had 8 points and 3 rebounds as Baylor advanced to round 4 with the 80-63 victory.

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31. Here's one just for fun, so you can see Anthony Jones' dreads at their best. Jones follows through on a dunk during practice on Mar. 22, a day before Baylor faces Xavier in the sweet 16 at Atlanta.

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32. You know what this means. Anthony Jones celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer to give Baylor a 7-point lead over Xavier with 12:28 to go ......

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33. ..... About 50 seconds later Jones tries another 3, but misses, over F Jeff Robinson. Jones finished with 5 points and 1 rebound in 9 minutes.

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34. Anthony Jones and F Justin Martin are in pursuit of a loose ball during 2nd half. Baylor jumped out to a 22-4 lead then spent the rest of the night watching it slip away. But Xavier never could quite catch up, and the Bears held on for the 75-70 victory.

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35. In round 5, for the regional championship, with the whole Kentucky team watching, Anthony Jones misses a short shot with the right hand during 1st half on Mar. 25. Jones attempted 4 shots in his 7 minutes on the court and missed them all.

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36. According to the official play-by-play, Anthony Jones is called for a shooting foul on Terrence Jones at the 14:21 mark of 2nd half, and this could be that foul.

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37. Anthony Jones and friends deal with the dejection after the season-ending 82-70 defeat. Come on fellas, why so sad? You didn't actually think you were going to beat Kentucky, did you? ..... Although his team was very successful this season (30-8), Jones himself was not. The most disappointing thing about his numbers are the minutes: just 15 per game. No doubt on a less talented team he would have played twice that much, or more. But on this team, all he was able to contribute were 5.2 points (48.1 FG%) and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Unlike three of his teammates, Anthony was not selected in the 2012 NBA draft. But I don't think we've seen the last of these dreads just yet. Somewhere out there (whether or not it's in the NBA remains to be seen) there's a team that can use a 6-foot-10 player who can score inside and out. Hopefully Anthony will be able to find that team - and sooner rather than later. If you like, click on the link below to an article that includes a brief interview where Jones talks about his senior season and his future seasons.

http://nbadraftblog.com/2012-articles/may/nba-draft-blog-interview-with-anthony-jones.html

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You might remember a couple of years ago when I did an entire DG on DeMarre Carroll. I was hoping I would have to do the same this year for Jae Crowder. But it turned out not to be necessary because once again, the same as last year, Marquette was unable to make it past the sweet 16. So to wrap up DG128, here are quite a few Jae Crowder photos (but not enough for a solo DG).

38. Jae Crowder gets a hand up to try to make F Noah Hartsock miss as Marquette takes on BYU in NCAA Tournament 2nd round action at Louisville on Mar. 15.

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39. Senior F Jae Crowder takes a short jumper over G Craig Cusick, but misses late in 1st half ..... After having his dreads reduced and not playing well in the Big East tournament, Jae's dreads - and his game - were back to normal, as he had 25 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals in the 88-68 win over BYU.

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40. Jae Crowder wrestles for a rebound with F Ivan Aska during 1st half during the 3rd round on Mar. 17.

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41. There aren't many games that Jae Crowder plays in where there's any doubt about who's the player with the best hair. But this was one of them, as he is defended by senior F Ed Daniel on a drive to the basket during 1st half. According to an article in the Murray Ledger newspaper, Daniel "played the game of his life," tying his career high with 14 rebounds .....

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42. ..... Crowder also led his team in rebounds, snagging 13, including this one against G Jewaun Long during 2nd half.

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43. Ivan Aska goes to the other side of the rim to keep Jae Crowder from blocking his layup during 2nd half.

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44. Jae Crowder once again finds himself in a major struggle for possession, this time with G Donte Poole during 2nd half.

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45. Jae Crowder celebrates as he heads back to play defense alongside Ivan Aska after hitting a big 3-point FG with 4:09 to play. Jae had been 0 for 4 from 3-point range in the game before finally making one to give Marquette a 54-48 lead.

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46. Here's a close-up shot of Crowder's dreads, as he drives to the basket during 2nd half. You know Jae, not to complain, but those dreads would look even better if you would use just one band to bunch them together instead of two. Maybe when you get to the NBA you can have Kenneth Faried show you how to do it the right way.

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47. It's more a feeling of relief than happiness as time expires. Crowder tied for the game's high scorer with 17 points and also had 2 assists and 3 steals as Marquette advanced to the sweet 16, survivibg Murray State 62-53.

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48. Jae Crowder goes for the ball but ends up with a handful of Mike Rosario's arm instead during 1st half of West region semifinal game against Florida at Phoenix on Mar. 22.

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49. Oh, hell no. This is not how you're supposed to play defense. Jae Crowder loses his balance and falls while trying to guard G Bradley Beal during 1st half.

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50. The 6-fot-6 Crowder tries to drive against 6-10 F Erik Murphy during 2nd half.

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51. It's all over for Jae Crowder. The game. The season. His college career. He had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals, but Marquette's woes against SEC teams continued in the 68-58 loss to Florida.

Next up for Jae most likely is the NBA. He couldn't quite sneak into the 1st round of the draft a couple of weeks ago, so he'll have to settle for being the 4th player selected in the 2nd round and will begin his pro career with the new-look Dallas Mavericks. Good luck, Jae. I'm a big fan. You made me do something I thought was impossible (cheering for Marquette). Hopefully we'll see those dreads shaking for many more years to come.

2 Comments:
  • ALL This work??? and found him on page `12????? i dont know
  • yea Im excited about Oregon basketball al ready....
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