AWARDS AS OUR COLLEGE BASKETBALL EXPERTS SEE IT, THESE ARE THE PRESEASON FAVORITES FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

October 23, 1995

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ray Allen, Jr., 6'5", G, Connecticut
A unanimous All-Big East selection, he averaged 21.1 points and
6.8 rebounds per game last season Tim Duncan, Jr., 6'10", C,
Wake Forest He had 21 double doubles last season and has had at
least one block in each of the 65 games he has played

Kerry Kittles, Sr., 6'5", G, Villanova
Big East Player of the Year, he was also a first-team John
Wooden All-America in '94-95

Lorenzen Wright, Soph., 6'11", C, Memphis
He averaged 14.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while
shooting 56.1% from the floor--as a freshman

Erick Dampier, Jr., 6'11", C, Mississippi State
The SEC's top big man, he put up these numbers last season: 13.1
points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, and he shot 64.0%
from the floor

Jacque Vaughn, Jr., 6'1", G, Kansas
The second Jayhawk ever to have 200 assists in a season (Cedric
Hunter was the first), he has started every game in his two
seasons in Lawrence

Allen Iverson, Soph., 6'1", G, Georgetown
He was Big East Rookie of the Year, averaging 20.4 points per
game, and Big East Defensive Player of the Year, averaging 2.0
steals per game

Charles O'Bannon, Jr., 6'6", F, UCLA
With Ed gone, he should only improve on last season's 13.6
points and 6.1 rebounds per game

Marcus Camby, Jr., 6'11", C, UMass
He can not only score (13.9 ppg), but he can also stop others
from doing so (3.43 bpg)

Tony Delk, Sr., 6'1", G, Kentucky
In the spotlight as the best player on one of the country's best
teams, he can shoot and play tough defense

Keith Van Horn, Jr., 6'9", F, Utah
The WAC Player of the Year, he placed in the top 10 in six
conference offensive categories

Brevin Knight, Jr., 5'10", G, Stanford
A multitalented point guard, he averaged 16.6 points and 6.6
assists per game last season

Ryan Minor, Sr., 6'7", F, Oklahoma
The Big Eight Player of the Year led the conference in scoring
(23.6 ppg) and was third in rebounding (8.4 per game)

Felipe Lopez, Soph., 6'5", G, St. John's
Now that the hype has died down, don't forget that his
17.8-points-per-game average was quite good for a freshman

Jerald Honeycutt, Jr., 6'9", F, Tulane
He's the first Green Wave player ever to have 500 points, 200
rebounds and 100 assists in a single season

Steve Nash, Sr., 6'3", G, Santa Clara
He led the West Coast Conference in scoring (20.9 ppg),
three-point shooting (45.4%) and assists (6.4 per game)

Ronnie Henderson, Soph., 6'4", G, LSU
A shooting and scoring machine, he was second in the SEC in shot
attempts (511) and first in points (23.5 per game)

Adonal Foyle, Soph., 6'10", C, Colgate
He ended his freshman year sixth in the nation in rebounds (12.4
per game) and third in blocks (4.9 per game)

Samaki Walker, Soph., 6'9", C, Louisville
His 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game made him the Metro
Conference Freshman of the Year

Shea Seals, Jr., 6'5", G, Tulsa
The best player in the Missouri Valley, he averaged 18.8 points
and 6.9 boards per game

Kiwane Garris, Jr., 6'2", G, Illinois
He's the front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year after
scoring 15.9 points per game in '94-95

Ace Custis, Jr., 6'7", F, Virginia Tech
After averaging 15.8 points per game in the regular season, he
led Hokies to the NIT crown

Tim Moore, Sr., 6'8", F, Houston
Second in the SWC in scoring (20.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.6 per
game), he has scored in double figures in 43 straight games

Devin Davis, Jr., 6'7", F, Miami (Ohio)
He's an attention getter, and not just for his dreadlocks: He
led Redskins to the MAC title, averaging 16.9 points per game

Eric Franson, Sr., 6'7", C, Utah State
The best player you never heard of, he averaged 18.4 points and
9.8 rebounds per game and shot 56.6% from the field

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Stephon Marbury, 6'1", G, Georgia Tech
He may be the best yet in a long line of terrific Tech point
guards (Mark Price, Kenny Anderson, Travis Best)

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 6'10", F, Cal
A two-time Mr. Georgia Basketball, he averaged 31 points and
12.4 boards per game at Wheeler High in Marietta

Ron Mercer, 6'7", F, Kentucky
His 26.3 points per game at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson,
Va., made him national prep player of the year

Vince Carter, 6'5", G, North Carolina
The next great Tar Heel, his versatility and leaping ability
have drawn comparisons to, dare we say, Michael Jordan's

Robert Traylor, 6'9", C, Michigan
The top recruit in the nation's top recruiting class, the
reigning Mr. Michigan Basketball could feast on a
big-man-depleted Big Ten

Wayne Turner, 6'2", G, Kentucky
Averaged an eye-catching 36.7 points and 10.1 assists at Beaver
Country Day in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Mark Blount, 6'11", C, Pittsburgh
The Panthers hope his history of many transfers is behind him;
he can score (24 ppg), rebound (14 rpg) and defend (6 bpg)

Louis Bullock, 6'2", G, Michigan
He is the one thing the Wolverines have lacked: a pure shooter.
As an All-America, he averaged 25.7 points, 8.7 assists and 6.0
steals

Derek Hood, 6'8", F, Arkansas
Fresh legs for Nolan Richardson's 40 minutes of hell, he'll help
on the boards, too (19.8 rpg at Central High in Kansas City, Mo.)

Jelani McCoy, 6'10", C, UCLA
In the right place at the right time: The defending champs need
a center, and he's it

God Shammgod, 6'0", G, Providence
The perfect point guard for Pete Gillen's fast break, he
averaged 9.3 assists per game as a senior at LaSalle Academy in
New York City

Terrance Roberson, 6'7", F, Fresno State
Tark wrestled him away from Michigan and everyone else; he can
run the floor and throw his weight around underneath

Sam Okey, 6'7", F, Wisconsin
Can a player who averaged 31.3 points, 14.2 rebounds and 5.3
assists per game at Cassville (Wis.) High fill Michael Finley's
sneakers?

Ryan Blackwell, 6'8", F, Illinois
A versatile swingman who can also play power forward, he's the
first recruit from outside Illinois (Pittsford, N.Y.) to come to
Champaign since 1990

Chauncey Billups, 6'3", G, Colorado
He's a three-time Colorado high school player of the year who
decided to stay home

COLOR PHOTO: MANNY MILLAN Courting Favor: (clockwise from top left) Duncan, Minor, Lopez, Seals, Davis and Camby. [Tim Duncan] COLOR PHOTO: JOHN F. GRIESHOP/SCHWARTZMAN SPORTS [See caption above--Ryan Minor] COLOR PHOTO: NATHANIEL S. BUTLER [See caption above--Felipe Lopez] COLOR PHOTO: JOHN BIEVER [See caption above--Shea Seals] COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL C. HEBERT/SPURLOCK PHOTOS [See caption above--Devin Davis] COLOR PHOTO: DAMIAN STROHMEYER [See caption above--Marcus Camby]

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