NCAA Hoops: Rating the Power Forwards

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NCAA Hoops: Rating the Power Forwards
Big guys with a mid-range game - these hoopsters can get it done with their backs to the basket, or they can step out and knock down the foul-line jumper. When Bill Raftery says: “with the kiss,” the shot usually comes from these guys: the POWER forwards.

Tyler Hansbrough - Junior/ UNC 23.4PPG, 10.5RPG - Hansbrough is a contact magnet and knows how to make to the contact work for him in the paint. Seems almost reluctant to step out and knock down a shot, but understands the need to open up the defense. Only fault is that he wears Carolina Blue.

Luke Harangody - Sophomore/ Notre Dame 20.2PPG, 10.5RPG - Harangody is the primary reason for ND’s success this year. Everything on the offensive end runs through the Schereville, Indiana native. Huge game (32 pts. and 16 boards) in a loss at UConn. Also had 31 points and 14 rebounds against Providence.

Michael Beasley - Freshman/ Kansas State 26.2PPG, 12.6RPG - Supremely talented and incredibly gifted. Has been running roughshod over the Big 12. Has scored 30 or more points eleven times - including 30 vs. Texas, 44 vs. Baylor, and 40 vs. Missouri in three of the Wildcats previous four games.

Jon Brockman - Junior/ Washington 17.8PPG, 11.8RPG - Brockman has put together 20 double-doubles in 28 games - including 12 pt. / 17 rebound performance in an upset win of conference rival - UCLA. Earlier in the year averaged 22 points. and 15 rebounds as the Huskies beat Oregon, Oregon St., and Arizona St.

Paul Harris - Sophomore/ Syracuse 14.4PPG, 8.6RPG - Harris’s stock is on the rise - has scored in double figures for the last eight games. Harris scored 24 and grabbed 11 rebounds in a two-point loss to UConn. Also had 22 and 12 last weekend against Notre Dame.

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