Dec. 23, 2004
Let's take a look across America at some of the most versatile players out there ... my All-Versatile team, baby! These guys are multidimensional and can hurt you in a variety of ways. Their positions are immaterial, because they can play just about any place at any time. They perform at a high level, especially on the perimeter.
I would love to have these guys on my team, because they can blossom on both the offensive and defensive ends. Whether utilizing full-court pressure, half-court pressure or a trapping defense, these guys use their unique and special athleticism to make things happen. Their ability to do many things well makes them so valuable.
Here's my All-Versatile team (in alphabetical order):
Hassan Adams | Junior | Arizona
A high-wire act, Adams is the ultimate quick jumper.
Adams is a force around the basket, and his quickness allows him to get in transaction quickly, where he creates momentum for his Wildcats.
Francisco Garcia | Junior | Louisville
Where would the Cardinals be without this all-star, a legitimate All-America candidate?
Garcia has it all, can knock down the trifecta, can defend with those long arms, deflect passes and create offense off his defensive ability too. He is a very special talent.
Joey Graham | Senior | Oklahoma State
Graham has stepped up his game big-time, and his versatility is unique.
He can put points on the board quickly, can rebound and attack the glass. His explosiveness is exciting and makes him very, very special.
Julius Hodge | Senior | NC State
The do-it-all perimeter star of the Wolfpack can make key free throws, come up with the big shot in winning time or utilize his penetration ability.
Hodge hurts opponents in many ways. He's one of the special performers in the ACC. Hodge is a legitimate candidate for national player of the year.
Keith Langford | Senior | Kansas
Langford's slashing, driving ability makes him so dangerous. He loves to score and wants the rock in his hand when the game is on the line.
Langford is a clutch performer who loves the big moment. He has a nose to score.
There you have it, five versatile players who are making a difference for their teams this season.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.