Question: What has a higher turnover rate than your local McDonald's, Wal-Mart and
Answer: College basketball.
Thanks to the NBA's new rule requiring high school players to wait an extra year before going pro, college basketball has gotten the same injection of year-to-year volatility previously reserved for the National Football League. And at the risk of making a hasty generalization, I think it's made things profoundly more interesting.
Standing at the dawn of a new season, it's almost like last year never happened. Everything is different. Teams are forced to rebuild. Expectations have changed. Even coaches have shuffled. And it's clearer now than ever before that any team can compete with perennial powers simply by adding a freshman phenom -- say, oh, a
So to prepare for the 2007-2008 college basketball season, let's hand out some pre-season hardware to put you in a basketball frame of mind and clue you in on how this year is shaping up...
To North Carolina's
To Indiana coach
To any player who chooses to style his hair before a basketball game. This has been a mammoth pet peeve of mine dating back to the college years of
To USC freshman
To fans of the Kansas State Wildcats, who despite having older options will clearly forge a full-fledged love affair with freshman forward
To UCLA forward
To the Davidson Wildcats, who almost dumped top-ranked North Carolina on Tuesday in Charlotte and could very well be this year's Cinderella. There's a problem, however: everybody already knows about this Cinderella. Davidson is the proverbial middle-of-the-road chick from high school that got progressively hotter with each passing year. Now, the Wildcats can't sneak up on anybody, especially with super sophomore
To the Duke Blue Devils, whose roster is predictably smarter, whiter, and smaller than most of its ACC competition. With only one player taller than 6-foot-8 (