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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...2014 TGS COLLEGE HOOPS ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM!
by Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com Editor and TGS Staff


TGS 2014 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

JABARI PARKER, 6-8 Fr., Duke

AARON GORDON, 6-9 Fr., Arizona

JULIUS RANDLE, 6-9 Fr.., Kentucky

JOEL EMBIID, 7-0 Fr., Kansas

AARON HARRISON, 6-5 Fr., Kentucky

TYLER ENNIS, 6-2 Fr., Syracuse




NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jabari Parker, Duke...In what appears to be one of the strongest TGS Newcomer teams in recent memory, it was almost take-your-pick as the best of the bunch. We were particularly tempted to pluck one from the star-studded Kentucky freshman class, which had four legit contenders for spots on our team, with rugged Julius Randle and the electric Aaron Harrison making the final cut. Especially the 6-9 man-child Randle, who has developed into a full-blown beast as he becomes more comfortable floating out to mid-range, causing all sorts of matchup headaches for opposing coaches. That ability to move effectively to 12-15 feet away from the bucket was in addition to his punishing post-up game and relentless work on the boards as Kentucky caught fire in mid-March to make yet another run for John Calipari to the Final Four (his third in four seasons). Along the way Randle has cemented himself as a lottery pick (and perhaps the first pick overall) if he declares for the NBA Draft, as most, Calipari included, assume he will at the end of the Big Dance.

But by us, the most NBA-ready player is Duke's Parker, who did not have the benefit of quite the supporting cast that the Kentucky freshman could lean upon. The Blue Devils, by past Mike Krzyzewski standards, at least, were an incomplete team this season, lacking their normal rim protector, and ineffective in slowing dribble penetration on the stop end. But Parker was a full-season highlight reel while demonstrating the most LeBron-esque style we have seen since, well, LeBron made the jump right from high school to the NBA in 2003. In the end Parker could not lift Duke as high as the Kentucky frosh lifted the Wildcats, but we didn't see a more eye-opening newcomer, or player, this season.

Following is another TGS tradition, our additional "newcomer" teams divided by region for the just-completed campaign, followed by our all-time list of top "newcomer" teams dating back to the 1956-57 season, when our first such team featured a couple of guys you might have heard of before...Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain.


BIG EAST/IVY


BILLY GARRETT, JR. 6-5 Fr., DePaul

RYSHEED JORDAN, 6-4 Fr;, St. John's

TOMMY HAMILTON IV, 6-10 Fr., DePaul

DEONTE BURTON, 6-4 Fr., Marquette

JOSH HART, 6-5 Fr., Villanova

SPENCER WEISZ, 6-4 Fr., Princeton


ATLANTIC 10/CAA


DEANDRE BEMBRY, 6-6 Fr., Saint Joseph's

JALEN JENKINS, 6-7 Fr., George Mason

E.C. MATTHEWS, 6-5 Fr., Rhode Island

JON SEVERE, 6-3 Fr., Fordham

OMAR PREWITT, 6-6 Fr., William & Mary

CANYON BERRY, 6-6 Fr., Coll. of Charleston


ACC/BIG SOUTH


JABARI PARKER, 6-8 Fr., Duke

KENNEDY MEEKS, 6-9 Fr., North Carolina

DEVIN WILSON, 6-4 Fr., Virginia Tech

TYLER ENNIS, 6-2 Fr., Syracuse

LONDON PERRANTES, 6-2 Fr., Virginia

QJ PETERSON, 5-11 Fr., VMI


AAC/SUN BELT/OVC


AUSTIN NICHOLS, 6-8 Fr., Memphis

CHRIS PERRY, 6-8 Fr., South Florida

AMIDA BRIMAH, 7-0 Fr., UConn

TERRY ROZIER, 6-1 Fr., Louisville

CHRIS HARRISON-DOCKS, 5-11 Fr., Western Kentucky

CAMERON PAYNE, 6-2 Fr., Murray State


SEC


JORDAN MICKEY, 6-8 Fr., LSU

JAMES YOUNG, 6-7 Fr., Kentucky

JULIUS RANDLE, 6-9 Fr., Kentucky

AARON HARRISON, 6-5 Fr., Kentucky

ANDREW HARRISON, 6-5 Fr., Kentucky

SINDARIUS THORNWELL, 6-5 Fr., South Carolina


BIG TEN/MAC


NIGEL HAYES, 6-7 Fr., Wisconsin

NOAH VONLEH, 6-10 Fr., Indiana

KENDRICK NUNN, 6-3 Fr., Illinois

DERRICK WALTON, JR., 6-1 Fr., Michigan

SHANNON EVANS, 6-1 Fr., Buffalo

KARRINGTON WARD, 6-7 Jr., Eastern Michigan


MISSOURI VALLEY/HORIZON


DARIUS CARTER, 6-7 Jr., Wichita State

REGGIE LYNCH, 6-10 Fr., Illinois State

MILTON DOYLE, 6-4 Fr., Loyola-Chicago

DAISHON KNIGHT, 6-4 Jr., Illinois State

ALEC PETERS, 6-8 Fr., Valparaiso

KAHLIL FELDER, 5-9 Fr., Oakland


BIG 12/C-USA


ANDREW WIGGINS, 6-8 Fr., Kansas

JOEL EMBIID, 7-0 Fr., Kansas

MARCUS FOSTER, 6-2 Fr., Kansas State

ISAIAH TAYLOR, 6-1 Fr., Texas

VINCE HUNTER, 6-8 Fr., UTEP

CHAD FRAZIER, 6-4 Jr., UAB


MOUNTAIN WEST/BIG SKY


PAUL WATSON, 6-7 Fr., Fresno State

A.J. WEST, 6-9 Jr., Nevada

RASHAD MUHAMMAD, 6-6 Fr., San Jose State

CULLEN NEAL, 6-4 Fr., New Mexico

AASEEM DIXON, 6-0 Jr., Northern Arizona

JEREMY SENGLIN, 6-2 Fr., Weber State


PAC-12


AARON GORDON, 6-9 Fr., Arizona

RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON, 6-7 Fr., Arizona

DELON WRIGHT, 6-5 Jr., Utah

BRYCE ALFORD, 6-3 Fr., UCLA

ZACH LaVINE, 6-5 Fr., UCLA

NIGEL WILLIAMS-GOSS, 6-4 Fr., Washington


WCC/BIG WEST

GABE LEVIN, 6-7 Fr., Loyola-Marymount

ERIC MIKA, 6-10 Fr, BYU

EVAN PAYNE, 6-2 Fr., Loyola-Marymount

JARED BROWNRIDGE, 6-2 Fr., Santa Clara

MAMADOU NDIAYE, 7-6 Fr., UC Irvine

LUKE NELSON, 6-3 Fr., UC Irvine


RATING TGS NEWCOMER ALL-AMERICA TEAMS

1. 1956-57—Chamberlain-Baylor combination would be tuff one to beat.
2. 1967-68—Tremendous backcourt firepower, five legitimate NBA stars.
3. 1962-63—Super forwards Barry, Bradley & Cunningham make potent.
4. 1981-82—Jordan & Ewing make this team tough at both ends of court.
5. 1977-78—Magic, Ainge & V. Johnson played on eight NBA title teams.
6. 1959-60—Lucas, Walker & Dischinger spearheaded powerful frontline.
7. 1966-67—Alcindor dominated; Beard & Mix both future NBA All-Stars.


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