Chocolate City Jordanaire wrote:
Severn Hoos wrote:
Green and McDermott, and guys like Nate Woltjers are why I say the 2013 draft is a tremendous draft. I think they are good players and they're not even among the elite of this draft.
This is for you, for your McDermott love for the past 12+ months
. Thought you'd get a kick out of it...
link:http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/882 ... higan-no-1
"...Damn you, Trey Burke. Do you realize what you're doing? I'm guessing you don't, so let me make it clear. Seven years ago college basketball was handed a gift. Two gifts, actually. One was a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who gelled his hair for games and wore a cutoff T-shirt under his jersey. The other was a 6-foot-8 small forward with a mop top and the trashiest porn 'stache you've ever seen. The shooting guard was a McDonald's All-American who played on the East Coast for the best team in America, which just so happened to be the most hated team in America. The small forward was a lightly recruited kid who played on the West Coast for a mid-major — a good-but-not-great team that to some extent became America's team by being a Cinderella story every year. That's right, Trey — November 2005 to March 2006 will forever be remembered as The Winter of J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison.
So why am I telling you this? Simple. The Winter of Redick and Morrison was the most captivating season of college basketball I've ever experienced, mostly because of the National Player of the Year battle. Night in and night out, these guys put their teams on their backs and just went insane on the offensive end. You remember what Illinois's Brandon Paul did last year against Ohio State and this year against Gonzaga? Yeah, these two did that damn near every game. It was beautiful. Adding to the excitement was the fact that even while both of them were averaging well over 20 points, most people could tell that neither player would be great in the NBA. Which made what they were doing in college that much more special. This didn't have the makings of a Bird-Magic rivalry. No, this was a one-year thing that everyone knew wouldn't last forever. So we made sure to savor those few months as best we could, and we hoped that someday we'd get to experience it all again.
And dammit, Trey, if it weren't for you, we'd be as close as we may ever get to experiencing The Winter of Redick and Morrison again. Right now, the two non–Trey Burke candidates for Player of the Year are Duke's Mason Plumlee and Creighton's Doug McDermott. Like Redick, Plumlee has been an absolute monster for no. 1 Duke, and even when he's having an off game, he's still very productive. He's the best player on the top-ranked team and at times he has looked unstoppable. Meanwhile, like Morrison, McDermott plays for a good-but-not-great mid-major, he faces double- and triple-teams every time he touches the ball, and despite that he's still putting up numbers that are so impressive you'll act like that cartoon wolf when you see them. And to cap it all off, like Redick and Morrison,11 both Plumlee and McDermott look like they'll never be franchise guys in the NBA. Just like the prophecy foretold, history is repeating itself seven years later.
But then you, Trey Burke, had to come along and ruin everything by being far and away the best guard in an era of college basketball dominated by perimeter players. You just had to be a pass-first point guard who still averages 18 points per game. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who has ever played the position at the collegiate level better than you are playing it right now. And most impressively, you've led your Michigan Wolverines to the top spot of college basketball's most powerful power rankings for the first time ever. As of now, however, I wouldn't vote for you with my nonexistent National Player of the Year vote because Plumlee and McDermott are big guys and therefore don't have the ball in their hands and opportunities to make plays nearly as much as you do. But just know that you're knocking on the door, and I don't like it one bit. The stars were aligned for Moredick Part II. Don't ruin this for us......."