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All Unsung NCAA Tournmanet Team

This article has been submitted by Stu ‘Daddy’ Wilkinson.

G Mario Chalmers (Kansas)
For more, see Mario in GRW.

Super Mario is my boy on the black sheep of the Final Four, Kansas, but I could have made this team him and the rest of his Jayhawk buddies. I wanted to get some non-Kansas dap in, so apologies to Sherron Collins and the gang coming in from the Phog. I’ll get you next year. That said, I’m not about to embarrass myself by declaring Chalmers underappreciated on Wednesday and then leaving him off a list of unsung players from the NCAA Tournament. That’s not how I roll.

G Jack McClinton (Miami Florida)
Here’s a guy that’s practically unknown nationally despite dropping 38 in The U’s first round win over St. Mary’s. Is it because his name makes him sound like a junior senator from Nebraska? Probably not. Anyway, he averaged 18 PPG this year, and has averaged double figures in each of his three years in the NCAA. You’d think a guy scoring like that and playing in the ACC would get some props from the media, but no dice. It doesn’t help that about five minutes after he put up 38, Stephen Curry put up 40 in a win against a much more prestigious WCC foe. Let’s chalk it up to the curse of John Salmons and just move on.

G Alex Ruoff (West Virginia)
Nuts to Joe Alexander and the point guard who almost went for a triple-double (Joey Maz), Ruoff was the guy I was most impressed with on West Virginia. His play was a driving force behind the Mountaineers giving their student body a couple opportunities engage in celebratory couch arson during the first weekend of the tournament (wins over Arizona and Duke). He shot over 50% from the field in all three of West Virginia’s games on his way to dropping 21, 17, and 14, but everyone had to focus on Joe Alexander’s very inefficient 14, 22, and 18 in the same games. With both Ruoff and Alexander back as seniors next year, West Virginia should once again be a Sweet Sixteen threat in 2009. Get those couches soaked with lighter fluid now, Mountaineers fans!

F Gyno Pomare (San Diego)
Finally we get to a non-BCS player. Gyno made the cut for a couple reasons: First, he went for 22 points on 10-12 shooting against some school named UConn (Hasheem who?). Second, I called San Diego winning that game, and I owe Gyno some respect. Third, he looks like Duquan “Dukie” Weems from HBO’s The Wire. Those are just three excellent reasons why he should be playing the post on my All-Unsung NCAA Tournament Team. By the way, San Diego, like West Virginia, will be back next year. Three from the WCC again!

F Joey Dorsey (Memphis)
For more, see Joey in GRW.

Tonight Joey Dorsey will play the role of Mark Bell and Kevin Love will assume the role of Daniel Alfredsson. The Paper Tigers will be playing on Monday, because God wants to see Joey Dorsey versus Tyler Hansbrough. The universe will be torn in half because both guys will “want it more.”

F Earl Clark (Louisville)
E5! This guy’s going to need to get a lot of craziness and intensity added to his game if he’s going to be the next Stephen Jackson like I want (it’s down to him and Donte Green, keep working at it fellas). He had a phenomenal game against Tennessee in Louisville’s surprising blowout win, going for 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks. His seven turnovers and poor play down the stretch against UNC showed that he’s not really ready for the spotlight yet, but I was very impressed by his play and demeanor during the whole Tournament. Stay in school, Earl.

F Damion James (Texas)
Despite losing Easy Mac to the Seattle SuperSonics, the Longhorns managed to make it further this year than they did last year. How could this possibly happen? One reason: D.J. Augustin is really good at basketball. Second reason: Guys like Damion James and Connor Atchley are also quite good at basketball. James picked up 16 points and 16 rebounds against Miami in the second round and added 18 against Stanford in the very convincing win that got Texas to the Elite Eight. He averaged a double-double this season, and shot over 40% from three-point range to boot. Take note Earl Clark and Donte Green, Damion James is coming after the “Next Stephen Jackson” title.

G Andre Allen (Memphis)
My boy on Memphis, he’s on this team to provide a Darrick Martin-esque presence. Billy Packer said there’s a “huge drop-off” between Allen and Derrick Rose right after I pointed out his presence on the court in the game against Texas. Adding to his legend is his reported failing of an NCAA drug test, leading to a one game suspension handed down by noted disciplinarian John Calipari. Word has it that “Uncle” Cliff Robinson is literally Andre Allen’s uncle.

Coach – Mark Few
I won’t go into detail again, but he was a part of GRW before, so check that as he leads this team to unsung glory.

This article has been submitted by Stu ‘Daddy’ Wilkinson.

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4 Responses to “All Unsung NCAA Tournmanet Team”

  1. Blake Murphy Says:

    What about “The Mexican LeBron James” Orlando Mendez-Valdez?? You can’t ignore a 5.7-1.6-2.2 line, especially when he leads his team to an NCAA tourney win. Come on!

    Nice props to Dookie though. No Liger?

  2. Stu P S Says:

    Not including the Liger is probably what got this article a downvote on BallHype. Either that or someone really doesn’t like Andre Allen, and that’s impossible.

  3. Blake Murphy Says:

    I can never figure out why people down-vote on BallHype. Sigh…

  4. khandor Says:

    Danny Green, North Carolina (G/F, 6-6, 210, Jr) … is possibly ‘the Best’ Athlete in Men’s NCAA D1 Basketball … a glue guy … and, an unsung hero for the Tar Heels.

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