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ESPN’s Greg Anthony Gives His Coach of The Year Candidates

February 24, 2010 – Allen Moll

Former UNLV Runnin Rebels and NBA great Greg Anthony has become quite an accomplished television analyst for college basketball on CBS and the NBA on ESPN, as he also serves as the resident NCAA hoops expert at Rivals.com. Like a number of former players, Anthony has made the transition from the hardwood to the announcing booth upon his retirement from the NBA after the 2002 NBA season.

As you may remember, Anthony was the starting point guard on the now legendary 89-’90 National Champion UNLV Rebels squad which featured coach Jerry Tarkanian and had a number of future NBA talents like Larry Johnson and Stacey Augmon. In the NBA, Anthony played for 6 teams over 12 years, most memorably with the NY Knicks in the early 90’s.

Recently, Greg gave us who he thinks are his leading candidates for NCAA Coach of the Year Award. As expected, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim are at the top of the list as both of their squads have been in the Top 5 all season. One surprise is Anthony’s dark-horse selection of Gonzaga’s Mark Few as a possible winner of the award.

If I had a vote, I would add Kansas State’s Frank Martin, who has the Wildcats in the Top 10, Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings, who are nipping at Kentucky’s heels in the SEC, and Pitt’s Jamie Dixon, who has the Panthers overacheiving in the Big East despite losing 3 players(DeJuan Blair, Levance Fields, and Sam Young) to either the NBA or graduation.

Who would you add to the list of candidates?

Check Out Details of Anthony’s Selections:

Allen Moll is an avid NBA and College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen is a regular columnist for thehoopdoctors.com, Bleacherreport.com, UpperDeckblog.com, and his own site, Hoops Haven.

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