Second-Generation Team: The Kids are More Than All Right
Jimmy Jackson and Glenn Robinson are among the best players ever to lace up their sneakers in the Big Ten. The former Ohio State and Purdue stars have another thing in common: each has a son who will soon be playing college basketball.
They aren't the first sets of father-son tandems to each play at a high level -- not even close -- and they certainly won't be the last. Doc Rivers already has one son at Indiana and his second son, Austin, is one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the nation. We all know about Michael Jordan's sons at Central Florida -- thanks for that Vegas text, Marcus -- and even relative unknowns like Darrell Elston make the list (his son, Derek, plays with Jeremiah Rivers at Indiana).
With all this in mind, this week's Tuesday Team is the second-generation variety. With all the different angles here, we've had some fun and strayed from traditional units -- though we do have a few of those as well. And, yes, we plan on giving you a new one each Tuesday. If you have ideas for future teams, feel free to drop an e-mail.
Special Exception -- the All-Barry Team
Yes, we have to use the father to make five.
Rick Barry, Miami - One of the greatest players in NBA history, Barry was downright lethal in college, averaging 37.4 points per game his senior year. Perhaps his greatest achievement of all, however, was teaming with his first wife Pam to produce a whopping four professional basketball players.
Scooter Barry, Kansas - Played on the Jayhawks' national championship team in 1988 and was a co-captain on the '89 squad. He led that team in assists.
Jon Barry, Georgia Tech - Was a third-team ACC honoree after averaging 17.2 points and 5.9 assists his senior year.
Brent Barry, Oregon State - Probably the second-best player here (after his father), Brent was good for 21 points and 5.9 boards a game his senior year.
Drew Barry, Georgia Tech - Tech's all-time assists leader could distribute the ball with the best of 'em. He averaged 6.2 dimes a game throughout his four-year career and still managed to score more than 13 points a game his junior and senior seasons.
Now, let's get to the "real" teams we created. Sorry, we're excluding the Barrys, because they got their own special team. Hey, they can play our first-team in an exhibition game if they want. I'll take my group.
C - Sean May, UNC (Scott, Indiana) -- Scott won a national championship at Indiana in 1976 while also taking home the Naismith Award. Sean had to settle for only the former accomplishment, and he was the MOP of that 2005 tourney. He averaged a double-double his senior year in Chapel Hill.
PF - Kevin Love, UCLA (Stan, Oregon) -- We only got a one-year taste of Kevin in college hoops, but it was a great taste. He went for 17.5 points and 10.6 boards a game while leading UCLA to the Final Four. He was a first-team All American.
SF - Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Duke (Mike, South Carolina) -- The All-American forward averaged over 17 points a game as a senior for the top-ranked Blue Devils, and he was a key member of the 2001 national championship team.
SG - Jalen Rose, Michigan (Jimmy Walker, Providence) -- Arguably the second-best player of the famed Fab Five at UM, Rose ran the point for the Wolverines on the way to two straight finishes as the national runner-up. We're sliding him to the two, because it's much more natural for him with this team. His 19.9 points and 3.9 assists per game his junior year say so.
PG - Mike Bibby, Arizona (Henry, UCLA) -- Both father and son orchestrated national championships as point guards. Mike averaged 17.2 points and 5.7 assists as a sophomore, which was good enough to be named a consensus first-team All American and get him drafted second overall in the NBA Draft.
C - Al Horford, Florida (Tito, LSU) -- All he did was anchor the Gators for back-to-back national titles alongside Joakim Noah on the front line. He can score if we need him to, but look at the supporting cast here. He's fine taking a backseat on offense and just being a stud rebounder and shot-effecter.
F - Luke Walton, Arizona (Bill, UCLA) -- Never even sniffed the level of studdom achieved by his daddy (few did), but still a good enough player to land him here. A strong junior year saw him average 15.7 points and 7.3 boards a game.
G - Scotty Thurman, Arkansas (Lavell, Grambling) -- He was seriously snubbed from our college-forever team (we didn't forget about him, but we did second-guess ourselves after publishing), so he has to have a spot here. Who doesn't remember him being an absolute assassin from the outside for the Razorbacks national championship team? If you don't, I'll point to his career 43.2 percent from behind the arc -- and this wasn't a guy who shot it sparingly.
G- Nolan Smith, Duke (Derek, Louisville) -- The only current player to make the squad, Smith is back for his senior year seeking a second title (which would one-up his father). With Jon Scheyer out the door, expect Smith to up his 17.4 points a game, too.
G - Damon Stoudamire, Arizona (Willie, Portland State) -- The diminutive point guard piled up the stats for Lute Olsen in 1994-95, going for 22.8 points, 7.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals a game, good enough for a selection as a first-team All American. When he left the Wildcats, he was the all-time leader in three-pointers and second in career points.
F - Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas (Ronald, Arkansas) -- The best big man left. And at 6-foot-7, "big" is stretching it. Apparently, all the fathers who were stud basketball players in college married short women. Much like his father, Ronnie could definitely score for the Hogs, as both averaged 18 points a game in their last season in Fayetteville.
G - Wesley Matthews, Marquette (Wes, Wisconsin) -- Probably the best of the "three amigos" on Marquette, the second-team Big East selection is yet another scoring machine on our team. He can play bigger if need be, so he's a nice fit here.
G - John Lucas III, Oklahoma State (John II, Maryland) -- Enough ice water in the veins to hit a game-winning shot and send his team to the Final Four in 2004, so he's good enough for me.
G - Stephen Curry, Davidson (Dell, Virginia Tech) -- Took the college basketball world by storm with his insane performance in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, coming within just two points of eventual national champion Kansas in the Elite Eight. The All-American is lights-out from the outside and probably the best player on this third unit.
G - Taurean Green, Florida (Sidney, UNLV) -- Another member of that stacked Florida group to repeat as champions, Green can be counted on to simply distribute here amongst all these scorers.
HC - Scott Drew, Baylor (Homer, Valparaiso) -- The younger Drew has built Baylor from basically scraps into an Elite Eight team and probably made him more famous than his little brother's big shot. Well, OK, maybe not. But Scott's still our head man here.
Asst. - John Thompson III, Georgetown (John, Jr., Georgetown) -- It's going to be a little bit until he can build the stature his father did at Georgetown, but John III's record of 138-59 (and 62-40 in the Big East) shows he's up to the task of keeping the Hoyas nationally relevant.
Asst. - Tony Bennett, Virginia (Tony, Wisconsin) -- A Sweet 16 appearance at Washington State helped land Bennett a job in the ACC. He'll be fighting an uphill battle at Virginia for the second straight season, but certainly has the know-how and pedigree to get the job done.
Asst. - Keno Davis, Providence (Tom, Iowa) -- Maybe his audition at Drake wasn't long enough, but he's having a bit of a rough patch in the Big East. Still, he has the look of a great coach for the future.
Asst. - Pat Knight, Texas Tech (Bob, Indiana) -- Not even remotely close to being half the coach his father was, but he's still working in a power conference.
There are around 20 current Division I players who are sons of former players that we could find. Here's the best starting five we can put together.
C - Ralph Sampson III, Minnesota (Ralph, Virginia) -- Tough to live up to a three-time NCAA player of the year, but it's surprising there really are no better options here. I do expect him to get up to around 12 points and eight boards a game this season, so he's definitely not a poor player.
F - Mychel Thompson, Pepperdine (Mychal, Minnesota) -- All-WCC honorable mention last season, but we've got to use him. See, I told you there was a shortage of people with any size here.
F - Klay Thompson, Washington State (Mychal, Minnesota) -- I know he's listed as a guard, but he's 6-foot-6 and we need more forwards. Klay's got a shot to be the best scorer in the Pac-10 this season, as he's coming off a 19.6-per game season.
G - Nolan Smith, Duke (Derek, Louisville) -- Easy choice.
G - Larry Drew II, UNC (Larry, Missouri) -- Solid distributor here who could get the rock (in our imaginary games) to Smith and Klay Thompson. Drew averaged six dimes a game last season and that number is likely to rise as the Tar Heels will be much improved.
Why do the sons get to have all the fun?
C - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA -- Yes, he had a son play college basketball. Kind of. His son joined the Valparaiso Crusaders in the mid-90s, but his impact was minimal. Kareem, Sr. (Lew Alcindor in college) was one of the most dominant college basketball players in history.
PF - Bill Walton, UCLA -- Forget the 20 points per game throughout his three-year stint for John Wooden; instead pay attention to the 15-plus rebounds a game for a three-year span.
SF - Glen Rice, Michigan -- Left Ann Arbor as the school's all-time leading scorer, along with a national championship, an MOP award and a second-team All American.
SG - Michael Jordan, North Carolina -- C'mon.
PG - Doc Rivers, Marquette -- He can't stack his collegiate resume next to the four names above, but that's hardly a knock. He did average 13.9 points and 4.6 assists per game over his three seasons in Marquette, good enough to have his jersey retired by the school.
Oh, and we weren't short on big men here. I cheated with moving Walton down a line and we still had to leave off uber-studs Ralph Sampson and Patrick Ewing and several others (Jack Sikma, for example).