Wednesday, March 14, 2012
ESPNHS March Madness Cover-age
By Jon Mahoney
Anthony Davis from the March 2011 Illinois ESPNHS cover, Jared Sullinger from November 2009 Northeast Ohio & Cincinnati cover and Harrison Barnes from the Hoop Annual 2009 cover.
With the second set of opening-round games in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament taking place Wednesday and the tourney really kicking into gear Thursday, we thought we’d look back at all the former ESPNHS magazine cover subjects who are on teams in this year’s men’s tourney with a cover gallery.
Overall, there are 68 covers in our gallery — we swear, we planned it that way — spanning three name changes for the magazine from SchoolSports to RISE to ESPN RISE.
Duke star Austin Rivers, Florida standout Kenny Boynton and Kidd-Gilchrist are the only three out of the 68 to be on multiple covers.
Four of the cover athletes actually won’t be taking part in this year’s tournament. Syracuse big man Fab Melo was recently ruled ineligible, North Carolina’s Dexter Strickland is out with an injury, Baylor’s J’Mison Morgan is redshirting and Missouri’s Jabari Brown and Colorado State's Bejarano are sitting out due to transfer.
Two of our covers feature players who are taking part in the men’s and women’s tournament. McCallum appeared on the cover with Michigan State’s Madison Williams, while Baylor’s Gary Franklin graced the cover with UConn women’s star Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.
Check back Friday for our gallery of former cover athletes in the women’s tournament.