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sive playing time last season. Leading the cast
is 7-0 center Pat Ewing, who averaged 17.7
points and 10.2 rebounds last season.
A bulk of the scoring this season could come
from 6-5 swingman David Wingate and 6-1
guard Michael Jackson, both sophomores.
Wingate started all but one game last season as
a freshman, while Jackson made the Big East
Four other returnees will give Georgetown
enough strength to return to the Final Four as
it did in 1982. The Hoyas' top recruit was 6-7
Reggie Williams, regarded as one of the best
No. 3 (tie): Houston
Coach Guy Lewis has three starters back
from last year's NCAA runner-up team, which
lost to N.C. State in the title game. But he lost
two of his starters Clyde Drexler and Larry
Micheaux to the NBA.
Center Akeem Abdul Olajuwon, a 7-footer,
will roam the middle again for the Cougars.
The junior, who averaged 13.9 points and 11.4
rebounds last season, has improved enough
during his career to be considered as one of the
nation's top big men along with Bowie and
Guard Alvin Franklin and swingman Mi
chael Young are returning starters, while re
serves Benny Anders and Reid Gettys saw
plenty of playing time last season.
No. 5: Memphis State
Memphis State coach Dana Kirk has his
complete squad returning from last season,
when the Tigers were 23-8. Leading the way is
6-10 forward Keith Lee, a forward regarded as
one of America's top big men. Lee averaged
18.7 points and 10.8 rebounds last season.
Having five starters back should give Mem
phis State an early-season advantage over op
ponents. In the backcourt are 6-3 Phillip
"Doom" Haynes and 5-10 Andre Turner. The
center is 6-9 Derrick Phillips, while 6-5 Bobby
Parks will start along side Lee. Also back is
sixth man Baskerville Holmes, a 6-7 forward.
No. 6: Louisville
A traditional Final Four candidate, Louis
ville lost the McCray brothers but should still
return to the top of the polls.
A pair of well-seasoned players will start at
guard senior Lancaster Gordon and junior
Milt Wagner. Gordon averaged 13.7 points per
game last season and Wagner scored 14.4
points per game. Center Charles Jones (10.9
points and 6.9 rebounds) will man the middle
for Denny Crum's Cardinals.
Replacing the McCrays may be sophomore
Billy Thompson, the top prep player just two
years ago, Manuel Forrest, Jeff Hall and Rob
No. 7: Iowa
A coaching change will be the new look at
Iowa this season. Lute Olson departed for Ari
zona and George Raveling was hired from
Washington State. Raveling is a winner he
took his team to the NCAA tournament last
year and he'll inherit a wealth of talent.
Center Greg Stokes, the leading scorer, and "
forward Michael Payne will lead the Hawk-
eyes, who were 21-10 last season. Stokes and
Payne will be expected to pick up where guard
Bob Hanson and forward Mark Gannon con
tributed before graduating.
Steve Carfino, a 6-2 point guard, is also
back. Raveling should get bench help from 6-4
Andre Banks and 7-0 Brad Lohaus.
No. 8: Maryland
Maryland coach Lefty Driesell welcomes
back his entire 1982-83 squad, plus two fresh
men. With a strong nucleus, the Terrapins are
a consensus top-10 pick.
Adrian Branch, a 6-8 swingman, averaged
18.7 points last year. Branch will play guard,
but he has the ability to slip through the -big
men in the middle. His backcourt mate is Jeff
Adkins. The Taps' front-liners are not so tall
6-9 center Ben Coleman, 6-9 Mark Fother-'
gill and 6-5 Herman Veal.
Driesell also has a bench that saw a lot of
playing time last season, so depth is no problem.
No. 9: LSU
LSU rallied from last place in the Southeast
ern Conference in midseason to finish second
with a 19-13 record. The Tigers lost leading
scorer Howard Carter to graduation, but the
outlook in Bayou country is brightened by the
return of starters Leonard Mitchell and Jerry
Two other starters, Johnny Jones and John
Tudor, will help Dale Brown's team to the top
of the SEC again. Another top returnee is 6-0
guard Derrick Taylor, who was redshirted last
No. 10: UCLA
Three of Larry Farmer's starters graduated
from last season's 23-6 team, but leading scorer
Kenny Fields and center Stuart Gray will help
lead UCLA to a traditional high finish in the
Fields scored 18 points a game and will need
that average again because starters Rod Foster,
Darren Daye and Michael Holton are gone.
Gray, 7-0, 245-pound junior averaged 7.7
points and 6.9 rebounds.
Other returnees include senior Ralph Jack
son at guard and reserves Brad Wright, Nigel
Miguel and Gary Maloncon.
No. 11: Michigan State
The Spartans, 17-13 last year, could be one
of the most improved teams in 1983-84. Coach
Jud Heathcote has four starters from last year,
including 7-0 senior Kevin Willis at center.
Willis averaged 13.3 ppints and led the Big Ten
with 9.6 rebounds per game.
Guard Scott Skiles was the Big Ten's fresh
man player of the year last year. His backcourt
mate, 6-2 Sam Vincent, is back, along with 6-8
senior forward Ben Tower. After four games,
6-8, 240-pound Ken Johnson will become eli
gible after transferring from Southern Cal.
No. 12: Fresno State
Forward Bernard Thompson will lead the
defending NIT champions in 1983-84. Fresno
State was 25-10 and won its five NIT games.
Thompson was a key, scoring 16 points a game
and getting almost six rebounds. Forward Ron
Anderson averaged 16 points also, and the two
seniors should provide scoring leadership.
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Senior guard Mitch Arnold averaged 7.8
points, 3.1 rebounds and four assists per game
last season. Those three players, plus six return
ing reserves, may give Fresno State enough to
make the NCAA field this season.
No. 13: Oregon State
Oregon State got off to a shaky 7-8 start last
season. Because of that, Ralph Miller's Beavers
had to settle for NTT play. But forwards Char
lie Sitton and A.C. Green, center Steve Wood
side and guard Darryl Flowers will provide a
nucleus strong enough to challenge for the Pac
Sitton, a 6-8 senior, averaged 18.8 points
last season and Woodside averaged 8.9 in a re
serve role. Sitton was on the U.S. team in the
Pan American Games in August.
No. 14: Boston College
Boston College lost its top scorer from last
year's 24-6 team. John Garris graduated with
his 19.7 scoring average. But four other start
ers should give the Eagles enough talent to
challenge Georgetown for the Big East
Guard Michael Adams averaged 16.2 points
last season, and he'll be joined by Dominic
Pressley in the backcourt. Seniors Martin
Clark and Jay Murphy form the front line for
coach Gary Williams. Reserves returning in
clude 6-5 Roger McCready, 6-3 Stu Primus
and guard Tim O'Shea.
No. 15: Arkansas
Arkansas lost its key player from last year's
26-4 team Darrell Walker. The Razorback
guard did it all for coach Eddie Sutton's team,
averaging 18.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists
and 2.8 steals.
But all is not lost this season in Fayetteville.
In fact, the winning ways should continue.
Alvin Robertson, a 6-3 senior, is at guard,
where he poured in more than 14 points per
game last season. Forward Leroy Sutton and
6-11 center Joe Kleine are back on the front
line, leading Arkansas' hopes for overtaking
Houston in the Southwest Conference race.
No. 16: Georgia
The Bulldogs only tied for fourth in the
Southeastern Conference, but garnered an
NCAA bid and advanced to the Final Four.
Forward James Banks, a 6-6 senior, and guard
Vern Fleming are the top returning scorers.
Center Terry Fair graduated, and 6-6 Richard
Corhen may move into the pivot.
Gerald Crosby and sub Donald Hartry are
back and should give Georgia one of the top
backcourts in the country. If the 'Dawgs get
through the 18-game SEC schedule in good
shape, they will probably have accumulated
enough nonconference wins to make another
trip to the NCAA tournament.
No. 17: Oklahoma
Center Wayman Tisdale, a 6-9 sophomore,
became one of the country's top players even
as a freshman. Tisdale poured in 24.5 points
per game, grabbed 10.3 rebounds and aver
aged 2.4 blocked shots. Tisdale is the only sea
soned starter on Billy Tubbs' team, so he'll
have to continue his scoring pace.
The four other starters, who led OU to a 24-9
mark last year, graduated. Tubbs will get help
from Jan Pannell, Calvin Pierce and William
Tisdale (Wayman's brother). Tim McCallister
is one of seven freshmen on this year's team,
and he should make a contribution soon.
No. 18: DePaul
"The Coach," as the retiring Ray Meyer is
called, will be making his last run at an NCAA
tournament bid. Meyer is just three wins short
of becoming the fifth Division I coach to win
700 games, and he's approaching his 70th
DePaul has four starters back, including 6-6
forward Tyrone Corbin and 6-2 guard Kenny
Patterson. The Blue Demons also grabbed one
of the nation's elite recruits 6-9 Dallas
Comegys from Philadephia.
No. 19: Kansas
Surprisingly, Kansas has made several top
20 polls in the preseason. That's unusual be
cause the Jayhawks were 13-16 last season.
However, the Jayhawks will use the same
starting five they did a year ago. First-year
coach Larry Brown will have senior Carl Henry
and sophomore Jeff Guiot at guards, Kelly
Knight at center, and Kerry Boagni and Calvin
Thompson at the forwards. Henry scored 17.4
per game last season, while Boagni chipped in
with 14.1 per game. The Jayhawks will wel
come 7-1 transfer Greg Dreiling from Wichita.
No. 20: Virginia Commonwealth
Virginia Commonwealth saw its 24-7 season
end last March when it lost to eventual Final
Four participant Georgia by two points in the
NCAA tournament. But J.D. Barnett's Rams
are a good bet to make another trip as the Sun
Belt conference representative.
Junior Gaurd Calvin Duncan leads the
Rams. He averaged 17.4 points per game last
season. Another of four starters returning is
Michael Brown, a forward who averaged 10.6
points. Three junior college transfers lead the
team's newcomers. .
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