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NEW COVER STORY...TGS 2018 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM!

                           by Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com Editor and TGS Staff

TGS 2018 ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM

KEVIN KNOX, 6-9 Fr., Kentucky
MARVIN BAGLEY III, 6-11 Fr., Duke
DEANDRE AYTON, 7-1 Fr., Arizona
KELLAN GRADY, 6-5 Fr., Davidson
COLLIN SEXTON, 6-3 Fr., Alabama
TRAE YOUNG, 6-2 Fr., Oklahoma

TGS NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Trae Young, Oklahoma...Not the clear-cut call here it would have been into mid-January, when Young was causing a sensation as he led the nation in scoring and assists and drawing comparisons to Steph Curry...the Golden State NBA version, not the frosh Steph from days at Davidson. All while leading Lon Kruger’s resurgent Sooners into the top ten.

By mid-March, however, the decision was certainly not by acclamation, as Young could not prevent a late-season OU collapse that made its inclusion into the Big Dance no sure thing on Selection Sunday, a development that would have seemed unfathomable at the midway point of the campaign. The Sooners would limp home losing 9 of their last 11 and 12 of their last 16, ousted in opening-round NCAA Tourney action in OT vs. Rhode Island.

In the end, however, the OU fade was hardly Young’s fault, as he still finished the season leading the nation in scoring with 27.4 ppg and assists at 8.7 ppg, quite a parlay no matter what the circumstances, all while dealing with defenses tricked-up to slow him down in the rugged Big 12, one of the nation’s nastiest loops. No player in the country, never mind just newcomers, generated as many gimmick defenses and special strategies from opponents as did Young, who cannot be blamed for a shorthanded supporting staff in Norman.

Though it would be a shocker if Young does not declare for the upcoming NBA Draft (who knows, the days of the “one-and-dones” might soon be coming to a conclusion, but that’s another story for another day), we also respected his decision to ink with the hometown Sooners out of Norman North High rather than enlist with the usual blue-chip assembly lines of Kentucky, Duke, or Kansas (which many believed would be Young’s destination). Like most recent college stars, Young’s college career is likely to be very brief. But, for the first two months of the season, Young put on one of the best shows we can recall in college hoops, a true comet across the college sky. He rekindled long-ago memories of Rick Mount and Pete Maravich, though Young has a more team-oriented bent than Mount ever did, and did not elicit the “showboat” and “hot dog” labels that were always attached to Maravich. Although he admittedly began to force things a bit and became understandably frustrated as the OU campaign unraveled, Young, at his best, was a highlight-reel show and simply a joy to watch this season, another reason why we decided to make him our latest Newcomer of the Year.

Following is another TGS tradition, our additional “newcomer” teams divided by region for the season.



BIG EAST/IVY

NAJII MARSHALL, 6-7 Fr., Xavier
JAMORKO PICKETT, 6-7 Fr., Georgetown
OMARI SPELLMAN, 6-9 Fr., Villanova
MITCH BALLOCK, 6-5 Fr., Creighton
DESMOND CAMBRIDGE, 6-4 Fr., Brown
JAHVON BLAIR, 6-3 Fr., Georgetown

ATLANTIC 10/CAA/A-EAST

ERIC WILLIAMS JR., 6-5 Fr., Duquesne
KELLAN GRADY, 6-5 Fr., Davidson
ELIJAH OLANIYI, 6-5 Fr., Stony Brook
GRANT GOLDEN, 6-10 Fr., Richmond
KELLAN GRADY, 6-5 Fr., Davidson
MATT LEWIS, 6-5 Fr., James Madison

ACC/BIG SOUTH

DE’ANDRE HUNTER, 6-7 Fr., Virginia
OSHAE BRISSETT, 6-8 Fr., Syracuse
WENDELL CARTER JR., 6-10 Fr., Duke
MARVIN BAGLEY III, 6-11 Fr., Duke
GARY TRENT JR., 6-6 Fr, Duke
LONNIE WALKER IV, 6-5 Fr., Miami-Fla

AAC/SUN BELT/OVC

TERRY TAYLOR, 6-5 Fr., Austin Peay
ETHAN CHARGOIS, 6-9 Fr., SMU
JA MORANT, 6-3 Fr., Murray State
DAVID COLLINS, 6-3 Fr., South Florida
MICHAEL ERTEL, 6-2 Fr., ULM
SHAWN WILLIAMS, 6-0 Fr., East Carolina

SEC/SOCON

SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER, 6-6 Fr., Kentucky
KEVIN KNOX, 6-9 Fr., Kentucky
DANIEL GAFFORD, 6-11 Fr., Arkansas
HAMIDOU DIALLO, 6-5 Fr., Kentucky
COLLIN SEXTON, 6-3 Fr., Alabama
TREMONT WATERS, 5-11 Fr., LSU

BIG TEN/MAC

JEREMY HARRIS, 6-7 Jr., Buffalo
KALEB WESSON, 6-9 Fr., Ohio State
JAREN JACKSON, JR., 6-11 Fr., Michigan State
BRAD DAVISON, 6-3 Fr., Wisconsin
NIKE SIBANDE, 6-3 Fr., Miami-Ohio
TRENT FRAZIER, 6-2 Fr., Illinois

MISSOURI VALLEY/HORIZON/SUMMIT

CAMERON KRUTWIG, 6-9 Fr., Loyola-Chicago
LOUDEN LOVE, 6-9 Fr., Wright State
KAVION PIPPEN, 6-10 Jr., Southern Illinois
TWYHON PICKFORD, 6-4 Fr., Northern Iowa
DAVID JENKINS JR., 6-2 Fr., South Dakota State
TYREE APPLEBY, 6-1 Fr., Cleveland State

BIG 12/C-USA

ZHAIRE SMITH, 6-5 Fr., Texas Tech
MO BAMBA, 6-11 Fr., Texas
MATT COLEMAN, 6-2 Fr., Texas
TRAE YOUNG, 6-2 Fr., Oklahoma
LINDELL WIGGINTON, 6-2 Fr., Iowa State
JHIVVAN JACKSON, 6-0 Fr., UTSA

MOUNTAIN WEST/BIG SKY

SHAKUR JUISTON, 6-7 Jr., UNLV
KEITH FISHER III, 6-8 Fr., San Jose State
JALEN McDANIELS, 6-9 Fr., San Diego State
BRANDON MCCOY, 6-11 Fr., UNLV
MATT MITCHELL, 6-6 Fr., San Diego State
HOLLAND WOODS, 6-0 Fr., Portland State

PAC-12/WAC

KRIS WILKES, 6-8 Fr, UCLA
ALESSANDRO LEVER, 6-10 Fr., Grand Canyon
DEANDRE AYTON, 7-1 Fr., Arizona
JAYLEN NOWELL, 6-5 Fr., Washington
DAEJON DAVIS, 6-3 Fr., Stanford
McKINLEY WRIGHT IV, 6-0 Fr., Colorado

WCC/BIG WEST

ELI SCOTT, 6-5 Fr., Loyola-Marymount
ZACH NORVELL, JR., 6-5 Fr. Gonzaga
SOULEY BOUM, 6-3 Fr., San Francisco
ROBERTO GALLINAT, 6-3 Jr., Pacific
COLBEY ROSS, 6-1 Fr., Pepperdine
TJ SHORTS II, 5-9 Jr., UC Davis


 


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