- Aug 26, 2011
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I was just thinking about this the other day as I was watching some of the Big East tournament games from last sesaon. You don't quite realize how much he carried the team on his back until you actually watch the games again. He wasn't just the best offensive player on the team, he was the best defensive player as well in my opinion. He got every loose ball, he got every rebound within his reach, and I can't tell you how many times he dived onto the floor. Statistically people will point to his low shooting percentages and the teams mediocre play during the Big East part of the schedule. But as far as I'm concerned you have to throw the stats out the window and just watch the games, look at the results, watch how every single game he played harder than everyone. Didn't matter if it was a 60-35 game against Harvard or a 60-60 game against Kentucky, he always had that look in his eye. So where does it rank? He took a group of unheralded freshman and led them not only to the National Championship, but he also guided the young freshman to a Big East tournament title, as well as the Maui Championship. Jay Bilas on the the UConn freshman: "They almost feel bad about it if they don't play just as hard". And that pretty much sums it up.