Thursday, March 15, 2012
Piecing together my Big 12 dream team
By David Ubben
The day is here, friends.
It's Basketball Christmas.
Hope you enjoy all the games today, and it's time to celebrate a little hoops on the blog.
We've done it in the past, and I'll do it again. If I had to craft a hoops team from guys on the gridiron, here's who I'm taking.
PG: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The man makes plays with the ball in his hand. That wouldn't change on the hardwood. He led he nation in all-purpose yards and the 5-foot-9, 174-pounder could help put some points on the board. The Big East leader in punt returns is a man I'd want with the ball in his hands as much as possible.
SG: Roy Finch, RB, Oklahoma
Nobody in this league is shiftier, and Finch has the most lethal spin move in the country. Anybody stopping him from taking it to the tin? No way. Good luck staying in front of him. Maybe he's a little undersized at 5-foot-7, 166 pounds, but I'll take him as my slasher/scorer.
SF: Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State
You want versatility? (Obviously, yes). You got it with Klein. The big man can do it all. At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he can help get physical down low, but offer some good speed and athleticism on the outside, too. Sure, his shot looks a little wonky, but it gets the job done.
PF: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas
Edmond's packed on a little weight, and you know nobody wants a Texas middle linebacker in the middle of the paint on the glass. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder is a little undersized in height, but he'll make up for it with toughness.
C: Tayo Fabuluje, OL, TCU
The big man in the middle checks in at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds. You want to tell me he wouldn't be a beast on the boards? Good luck blocking him out. The man makes his living blocking others and has the size to make sure you don't get past him in the paint.
Coach: Bill Snyder, Kansas State
So, maybe my team doesn't have the best shooters. It doesn't have the biggest size -- at least, in terms of height. But you and I both know the right man for the job to bring this group together. Snyder could take a one-day crash course with Princeton guru Pete Carril and have this team in championship shape in no time.
Who's on your dream team?