Somewhat more impressive than the completely pointless honor of "Preseason All-American," Luke Harangody has been named an All-American by ESPN. The other first-teamers are John Wall, Jon Scheyer, Wesley Johnson, and Damion James. Jay Bilas' write-up is very complimentary:
"Some may believe that Harangody has not won at the same level of the other first-teamers, but it is not his doing. At times a volume shooter, Harangody has continued to be impossible to shut down and as productive a player as there is in the nation. Barring something strange befalling him, Harangody will lead the Big East in scoring and rebounding for the third straight season. As conference play begins, Harangody is averaging 25 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2 assists, while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the line. Harangody can step away, he can face you up and drive, and despite the best interior defenders and detailed scouting reports, nobody in the Big East can shut the big redhead down. Harangody will leave Notre Dame as the most productive big man ever in South Bend, and only Austin Carr will be in his category as an achiever on the stat sheet."
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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It seems Gody's last year will leave little margin of error for this squad to win consistently in the BE. The prospect of playing with another mature player like Scott Martin has been replaced with having to play 35-40 minutes a night with athletic defenses geared to stopping him and with minimal help from any underclassmen.
Are the Irish faitthful so in need of a feel-good story that you can't see the medicrity with this club when playing 6-7 in the rotation? Good luck in the BE wars when removing any player development in the non-conference games with meaningless garbage minutes for the freshman.
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