GREAT BEND, Kan. – He prefers Chuck Taylor high tops, answers to the nickname "Reverend" and spends his weekend nights playing H-O-R-S-E until last call.
Ebi Ere isn't your typical junior college basketball star.
Now the college season is over, sports editor Jim Rossow looks ahead to 2001-02 in the Big Ten:
He's added so much muscle and confidence, Robert Archibald isn't sure if his World University Games teammates will recognize him when he reports to practice this summer.
A lot has changed in two years.
CHAMPAIGN – If Tulsa wants to chat again, Norm Roberts certainly will listen.
The Illinois assistant, a finalist for Tulsa's men's basketball opening last summer, reiterated his interest in the job Tuesday after the school announced Buzz Peterson had resigned after one season.
CHAMPAIGN – Sergio McClain isn't in any rush to start his professional basketball career. In fact, he might spend another year at Illinois.
The college basketball season ends Monday night in Minneapolis, but Bill Self's schedule remains booked.
He has a scholarship to hand out, a nonconference schedule to wrap up and a house to build (it should be ready by July 1). He has to hire an assistant coach, do some NBA homework for his sophomore point guard and recruit like the armed services.
SAN ANTONIO – Frank Williams reiterated his plan Sunday to stay at Illinois for another season.
Damir Krupalija is going to do some begging just in case.
SAN ANTONIO – The players have a choice.
And, by the looks on their mugs Sunday evening, its doubtful theyll watch a second of the Final Four on TV.
SAN ANTONIO – Trying to separate fact from fiction at the Midwest Regional is trickier than guarding Frank Williams. The innuendo is as thick as some of the burritos in town.
Lucas Johnson is either a raving maniac who belongs in the XFL or a good kid from Des Plaines who gives it his all. Arizona is either soft as elevator music or silky smooth like college basketball should be. The Big Ten either encourages its players to swing elbows or goes by the rules set by the NCAA. Bill Self is either a master motivator or someone who lucked into a winning lottery ticket.
It all depends whom you ask.