I did not take the time to do a dread news report this year. Sorry about that. But most of dread gallery #157 will be devoted to what I usually have covered in reports from previous seasons - namely my annual all-America with dreads and dread all-America teams, the teams with two or more players with dreads, and the leading players with dreads in the main statistical categories. Then we'll look at some action from the regular season and the postseason tournaments in the next two DGs.
Before getting started, a quick shout out has to go out to the UAB Blazers - for single-handedly ruining a lot of my enjoyment of this postseason. In a span of one week UAB not once, not twice, but three times killed me as they ended the title hopes of some of my favorite players. First the Blazers defeated regular season champ Louisiana Tech in the semifinals of the CUSA tournament on Friday, March 13 - yet again denying Kenneth Smith and the Bulldogs a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. The next day the Blazers eliminated Darnell Harris and MTSU for the conference championship. And then, as if they hadn't done enough damage already, 5 days later on the afternoon of the first day of the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament - just like a punch in the gut - the #14 seeded Blazers knocked out #3 seed Iowa State and Jameel McKay, a defeat so devastating that it had McKay in tears after the game. Thank you so much, UAB, for all of that. Not!
Since I don't want to spend all of September working on this, I'm not going to check the game situations for most of the photos. There are just too many pictures to do that. And one other thing: with so many players having short dreads, it will be hard to see their dreads, even if you click on the thumbnails. But for a lot of the photos, if you save the picture (after clicking on the thumbnail) you'll be able to get a larger and better look at the dreads. OK. Let's begin DG157 with a look at the best players with dreads.
2015 COLLEGE BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICA WITH DREADS
It keeps getting more difficult every year to pick the team of who in my opinion were the best players with dreads. That, of course, is a very good thing, because it means that not only is the number of players with dreads increasing, the number of good players is increasing too. Since Division 1 teams are allowed to have 13 scholarship players, I pick 13 players for this team. And this season - for the first time - there were so many really good players with dreads that I had to exclude a couple of players who deserved to be on the team. This also means that it's more likely that you might have a different opinion than I do of who the best players were. If so, I'd love to hear from you. (FYI: The asterisk (*) or (HM) next to a player's name indicate that he is a repeat selection from last year or earned an honorable mention last year.)
- Montrezl Harrell - 6-8 JR F - Louisville - 2nd team all-ACC - 15.7 PPG, 56.6 FG%, 9.2 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.2 BPG
- Michael Qualls (*) - 6-6 JR G - Arkansas - 2nd team all-SEC - 15.9 PPG, 43.6 FG%), 5.3 RPG, 1.7 APG
- Chasson Randle - 6-2 SR G - Stanford - 1st team all-Pac-12 - 19.6 PPG, 40.3 FG%, 3.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.4 SPG
- Kenneth "Speedy" Smith (*) - 6-3 SR G - Louisiana Tech - CUSA player of the year, CUSA all-defensive - 6.4 PPG, 37.9 FG%, 4.0 RPG, 7.4 APG, 1.9 SPG
- Marcus Thornton (*) - 6-4 SR G - William & Mary - CAA player of the year - 20.0 PPG, 45.6 FG%, 2.8 RPG, 2.9 APG
- Rico Gathers - 6-8 JR F - Baylor - 1st team all-Big 12, Big 12 all-defensive - 11.6 PPG, 45.9 FG%, 11.6 RPG, 1.2 SPG, 1.0 BPG
- Jameel McKay - 6-9 JR F - Iowa State - 3rd team all-Big 12, Big 12 defensive player of the year - 11 PPG, 58.3 FG%, 7.6 RPG, 2.4 BPG
- Stefan Moody - 5-10 JR G - Mississippi - 1st team all-SEC - 16.6 PPG, 38.8 FG%, 3.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.7 SPG
- Justin Moss - 6-7 JR F - Buffalo - MAC player of the year - 17.5 PPG, 52.1 FG%, 9.2 RPG
- Maurice N'dour (*) - 6-9 SR F - Ohio - 2nd team all-MAC - 16.0 PPG, 48.4 FG%, 8.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 2.3 BPG
- Terran Petteway (*) - 6-6 JR G - Nebraska - 3rd team all-Big 10 - 18.2 PPG, 39.6 FG%, 4.9 RPG, 2.8 APG, 1.1 SPG
- Taurean Prince - 6-7 JR F - Baylor - 2nd team all-Big 12 - 13.9 PPG, 47.2 FG%, 5.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.5 SPG
- Levi Randolph (HM) - 6-5 SR G - Alabama - 2nd team all-SEC - 15.4 PPG, 48.1 FG%, 5.1 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 SPG
2. Michael Qualls drives against Missouri G Keith Shamburger (left photo) in Arkansas' 61-60 road win on Jan. 24 and dunks home 2 of his 13 points (right photo) in a 78-72 road win over SMU on Nov. 25. In his second season with dreads Michael made his first all-SEC appearance and - much more importantly (lol) - according to the Razorbacks website made five appearances on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays, upping his total to 13 appearances over the last two seasons.
6. Did Stefan Moody deserve to be a starter on the team? No doubt. (So did Rico Gathers.) But only five can start; and although Stefan had an outstanding season, I couldn't rank him ahead of Smith, Thornton, and Randle. Moody shot 1 for 9 from the field and scored 7 points in his debut in a Mississippi uniform (left photo) on Nov. 14 in a 66-65 home loss to Charleston Southern. But he was pretty good after that, including a 25-point game at Kentucky on Jan. 6 (right photo) in which he hit 8 for 13 from the field, including 5 of 7 on 3-point attempts. A 2nd team all-SBC selection as a freshman for FAU in 2013, Moody transferred to junior college the following season before making 1st team all-SEC this year.
8. Well, this is a first - two players from the same team on the all-America with dreads team. Also representing Baylor is junior F Taurean Prince, looking to pass the ball while defended by Oklahoma star G Buddy Hield (left photo) on Jan. 3 and dunking in the 1st half on Feb. 28 (right photo) for 2 of his 20 points in Baylor's 78-66 home win over West Virginia. It was one of 7 games in which Prince scored 20 or more points. Despite starting only 6 games (he was named winner of the Big 12's 6th man award), Taurean led the Bears and was 6th in the Big 12 in scoring.
13. Jameel McKay puts up a shot against C Isaiah Manderson (right photo) in a 78-73 loss at Texas Tech on Jan. 24 and defends a shot (I think) by Oklahoma F Ryan Spangler (left photo) in a 94-83 road loss on Feb. 9. After missing the first 9 games of the season (he wasn't eligible to play until Dec. 20 after transferring from Marquette), McKay wasted no time becoming the player Iowa State hoped he would be, leading the team in blocked shots and being named the Big 12 defensive player of the year. For some reason (maybe he didn't play enough games) he isn't listed among the leaders in the conference's official stats. But the averages he had would have ranked him 4th in rebounds, 2nd in blocked shots, and 1st in FG percentage. Playing alongside several talented teammates, Jameel got free for a lot of dunks to finish the season at 58.3%.
HIGH HONORABLE MENTION
- Anthony "Cat" Barber - North Carolina State SOPH G
- Charles Jackson - Tennessee Tech JR C
- DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell - Illinois State JR G
- Mo Alie-Cox - VCU SOPH F
- Jamee Crockett - DePaul SR F
- Aaseem Dixon (HM) - Northern Arizona SR G - HM all-Big Sky
- Shaq Goodwin (*) - Memphis JR F
- Rod Hall (*) - Clemson SR G
- Montel James - Loyola (Chicago) JR F
- Xavier Johnson (*) - Colorado JR F
- Reco McCarter (HM) - Campbell SR F
- Dominique McKoy (*) - Duquesne SR F
- Brandon Taylor (HM) - Penn State JR F
- Estan Tyler - North Dakota JR G
- Damien Wilson - Kennesaw State JR F
14. Anthony Barber goes to the basket during North Carolina State's home wins over Louisiana Tech (left photo) on Dec. 23 and Virginia Tech (right photo) on Feb. 21. I really wanted to include Barber on the team, but I just couldn't put him ahead of any of the 13 players I picked. He should have no trouble making the team next year. Anthony had braids as a freshman before switching to dreads this year and had a fine season, leading the Wolfpack in assists.
ANTHONY BARBER (2014-15): 35 games, 32 MPG, 12.1 PPG, 43.9 FG%, 3.3 RPG, 3.7 APG
15. 6-foot-10 junior C Charles Jackson of Tennessee Tech wrestles G Elijah Stewart for a rebound (left photo) in a 70-58 road loss to USC on Nov. 17 and shoots against F Willie Carmichael (right photo) in a 61-58 road loss to Tennessee on Dec. 19. Jackson had double-doubles in both of those games, 2 of the 18 he had for the season. A good player on a not very good team, Jackson led the Golden Eagles in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, and steals in his first season after transferring from junior college. Perhaps a bit intoxicated by his success, Charles decided to skip his senior season and enter the NBA Draft but was not drafted. He'll begin his pro career in New Zealand.
CHARLES JACKSON (2014-15): 30 games, 27 MPG, 13 PPG, 57.1 FG%, 9.5 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 1.1 SPG
SHAQ GOODWIN (2014-15): 31 games, 26 MPG, 9.6 PPG, 54.4 FG%, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.1 BPG
MO ALIE-COX (2014-15): 36 games, 26 MPG, 7.4 PPG, 59.4 FG%, 5.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG
18. Staying in the A-10, here's Duquesne F Dominique McKoy going for a layup past VCU F Justin Tillman (left photo) on Jan. 17 and what looks like grabbing a rebound (right photo) against Saint Louis on Mar. 11 - although with nobody paying any attention to him, maybe the whistle had already been blown. For some reason (maybe he was injured) McKoy had a poor start to the season; but once 2015 began he started playing like he did last year, when he made the team.
DOMINIQUE McKOY (2014-15): 30 games, 24 MPG, 7.9 PPG, 54.4 FG%, 6.2 RPG 1 APG
BRANDON TAYLOR (2014-15): 32 games, 27 MPG, 9.1 PPG, 37.1 FG%, 5.3 RPG
XAVIER JOHNSON (2014-15): 29 games, 24 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 44.5 FG%, 5.6 RPG
21. 6-foot-4 F Jamee Crockett of DePaul dunks (left photo) for the first 2 of his 13 points in an 83-61 home win over UW-Milwaukee on Dec. 7 and defends against G Darrun Hilliard (right photo) during a 68-55 home loss to Villanova on Jan. 31. After waiting and wondering for three years if he would, Crockett finally turned that mass of hair of his into dreads for his senior season and was a welcome addition to the house. Bouncing back from a disappointing junior season, Crockett finished strong this season even though his team didn't, losing their final 8 games of the season.
JAMEE CROCKETT (2014-15): 32 games, 31 MPG, 11.9 PPG, 46.9 FG%, 3.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.4 SPG
MONTEL JAMES (2014-15): 36 games, 21 MPG, 9.4 PPG, 53.2 FG%, 4.3 RPG
DE VAUGHN AKOON-PURCELL (2014-15): 28 games, 26 MPG, 12.8 PPG, 42.4 FG%, 5.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1 SPG
AASEEM DIXON (2014-15): 37 games, 35 MPG, 12.9 PPG, 36.3 FG%, 3.4 RPG, 2.3 APG
ESTAN TYLER (2014-15): 27 games, 30 MPG, 11 PPG, 40.8 FG%, 2.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG
26. In his first season with dreads and his first season after transferring from Memphis to Kennesaw State, 6-7 F Damien Wilson tries to shoot against Illinois G Kendrick Nunn (right photo) on Dec. 27 and handles the ball against Stetson (left photo) in Atlantic Sun action on Jan. 22. Wilson had a double-double against Illinois (10 points, 11 rebounds) even though KSU got slaughtered 93-45 and scored a season high 28 points against Stetson (an 88-82 win). Damien didn't play much in his two seasons at Memphis but was one of the Owls' best players this season.
DAMIEN WILSON (2014-15): 22 games, 29 MPG, 10.6 PPG, 38.3 FG%, 4.8 RPG, 1.9 APG
RECO McCARTER (2014-15): 28 games, 28 MPG, 10.2 PPG, 44.2 FG%, 4.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.5 SPG
ROD HALL (2014-15): 31 games, 34 MPG, 9.2 PPG, 40.5 FG%, 2.3 RPG, 3.4 APG
2015 COLLEGE BASKETBALL DREAD ALL-AMERICA
Now that we've seen the best players with dreads, let's look at the players with the best dreads this season. If I was picking a starting five strictly on who had the best dreads, they would all be guards. But since this is supposed to be a team, I got to have a couple of big men in there starting. And another thing: since there was a shortage of players with sick dreads this season, I cheated to spice things up a little bit, including a couple of players from Division 2 teams. With their being only 3 seniors on the 2014 team, there figured to be a lot of repeaters this year. But there was more attrition than I expected; so it turns out that only 6 of the players are repeat selections.
- Aaseem Dixon (*) - Northern Arizona SR G
- Cameron Dobbs (*) - American International JR G
- Darnell Harris - MTSU JR F
- Tyler Logan - Florida Southern SR G
- David Rivers (*) - Nebraska SR F
- Mo Alie-Cox (HM) - VCU JR F
- Brandon Bolden - Kansas State SOPH C
- Jordan Goodman - New Mexico JR F
- Jurmelle Hall - Mississippi Valley State JR G
- Rod Hall (*) - Clemson SR G
- Jameel McKay - Iowa State JR F
- Marcus Thornton (*) - William & Mary SR G
- Devin Wilson (*) - North Florida SR G
29. Middle Tennessee State junior F Darnell Harris takes a shot during a 72-69 home win over UNC-Charlotte on Jan. 24 (left photo) and looks for a way past F Michale Kyser (right photo) during a 75-68 loss to Louisiana Tech on Feb. 7. Upon his transfer to MTSU, Harris instantly became the player with the longest dreads in CUSA.
30. In Big 10 action on Mar. 8 Nebraska F David Rivers steals the ball from F Damonte Dodd (right photo) and battles for the rebound against forwards Michal Cekovsky and Jake Layman during a 64-61 loss to Maryland. As his dreads became very long during his final two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Rivers often stifled them too much, using two bands to bunch them together. But during the last month or so of this season he got rid of the second band, and they looked a lot better.
31. The Big 12 is the only conference with two players on the team, thanks to a couple of newcomers. Here is 6-11 Kansas State C Brandon Bolden, eligible this season after transferring from Georgetown, going in for one of his two dunks (left photo) against Southern Utah in the season opener on Nov. 14 and trying to block a layup by Savannah State F Brian Pearson (right photo) on Dec. 14 ......
32. ..... And the other is Iowa State junior F Jameel McKay, in action against Baylor F Royce O'Neal on Jan. 14 (left photo) and going to the basket against Oklahoma (right photo) during the Big 12 tournament on Mar. 13. McKay is one of two players to make both of my all-America teams.
33. VCU sophomore F Mo Alie-Cox defends against G Ryan Arcidiacono (left photo) on Nov. 24. Despite a 5 for 6 shooting game from Alie-Cox, VCU lost for the first time after a 3-0 start, 77-53. On the right Mo throws down one of the many dunks he had this season - this one during a 93-87 home win over Northern Iowa on Dec. 13. After an HM last year and a reserve spot this year, Alie-Cox has a great chance to be a starter next season - but only if he has a lot fewer games with reduced dreads than he had this year.
34. Jordan Goodman, 6-9 F for New Mexico, defends against F Moses Morgan (left photo) during a 67-59 home win over Cal State-Fullerton on Nov. 16 and tries (but looks like fails) to stop New Mexico State F Pascal Siakam on Dec. 20. Goodman scored 9 points in 15 minutes as the Lobos defeated the Aggies for the second time in less than 3 weeks, 69-67. With these dreads Goodman barely missed being in the starting lineup.
35. I couldn't find a lot of photos from North Florida games, so the best shot of Devin Wilson's dreads I have is the one (above left) where he's standing around during a timeout on Dec. 17 at Florida State. On the right the 5-11 Wilson (bravely, and maybe foolishly) battles for a rebound against 7-1 C Adam Woodbury of Iowa on Dec. 22. Devin made the team in both of his seasons at UNF after transferring from junior college.
36. The best dreads in the SWAC this season were still at Mississippi Valley State, even after Cameron Dobbs transferred at the end of last season. With sick dreads that are not quite as long as Dobbs', here's 6-2 junior G Jurmelle Hall, defending against Iowa State G Clayton Custer (left photo) on Dec. 31 and against Southern U G Trelun Banks on Jan. 19. In case you wondering, I don't know. Hall is listed as #25 on the team's roster but for some reason isn't wearing that number in either of these games. Jurmelle appeared in 16 games after becoming eligible at the end of the fall semester but in only 6 of them did he play more than 10 minutes. The Delta Devils finished the season 6-26.
JURMELLE HALL (2014-15): 18 games, 9 MPG, 2.8 PPG, 30 FG%, 1.7 RPG
37. Rod Hall (no relation to Jurmelle that I'm aware of) may not have the most dreads, but you won't find many basketball players with longer dreads. I'm not sure, but I think Rod - shown in both photos from Clemson's 66-53 win over Syracuse on Jan. 17 - becomes the first player to make the dread all-America team 4 years in a row.
38. Marcus Thornton celebrates (left photo) at the end of William & Mary's 76-72 home win over UNC-Wilmington on Jan. 14, a game in which the Tribe trailed by 20 points at halftime. On the right Marcus tries to scare the ball from going out of bounds at North Carolina on Dec. 30. As you can tell, Thornton kept his dreads flowing as freely as possible this season, something I wish more players would do. However, it was troubling to see him with his dreads reduced while playing for the Celtics' summer league team. Hopefully he's not planning on reducing them permanently; but with them being so long now, I wouldn't be surprised if he was.
39. Aaseem Dixon drives to the basket against 6-10 F Sean O'Mara (left photo) in Northern Arizona's season-opening loss at Xavier 93-60 on Nov. 14 and defends against Montana G Brandon Gfeller during NAU's loss in the Big Sky Tournament on Mar. 13. Aaseem makes the starting lineup for the 2nd straight year, just edging Marcus Thornton for the third and last guard spot.
40. Just because Cameron Dobbs transferred to a Division 2 school you didn't think that was going to keep me from putting him on the team, did you? After playing his first two seasons at Mississippi Valley State, Dobbs and his awesome dreads were on display mostly in Springfield, MA, this season after his transfer to American International. These photos are from the Yellow Jackets' preseason exhibition game at UMass on Oct. 30. Cameron made a 3-pointer to give AIC an early 5-0 lead, and then UMass proceeded to crush them 120-71.
41. You may recall that in DG153 last year I mentioned that Florida Southern began the season with 4 players with dreads. Well, there was just one this season - 6-3, 175-pound senior G Tyler Logan. And yes, that is the Division 2 national championship trophy he is raising after exiting the team bus back on campus in Lakeland the day after the Mocs capped their 36-1 season with a 77-62 win over Indiana U (PA) on Mar. 28. Logan was scoreless in the game but had 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 1 blocked shot. He started all 37 games this season, playing only about half the minutes. The championship capped a pretty nice week for Tyler. Evidently he is more of a star in the classroom than on the court, and five days before the final he received a fantastic honor, being named one of the winners of the NCAA's Elite 89 award: http://fscmocs.com/sports/mbkb/2014-15/releases/201503230dubpv ..... Nice going, Tyler! And good luck in the future.
TYLER LOGAN (2014-15): 37 games, 19 MPG, 5.9 PPG, 42.4 FG%, 3.1 RPG, 2.2 APG
- Justin Edmonds - Marshall JR G
- Reese Holliday - UMKC SR F
- Aron Phillips-Nwankwo - Pittsburgh SR F
- Levi Randolph - Alabama SR G
- Tyvoris Solomon - South Carolina State FR G
- Estan Tyler - North Dakota JR G
- Tony Wills - Illinois State - SOPH G
42. In the best photo (on left, from Dec. 28) I could find of Reese Holliday's dreads, the photographer - who admittedly was only interested in making sure that Indiana State F Khristian Smith is in the shot - doesn't quite get all of his dreads in the shot. But there's enough of them there to see why he barely missed making the team. On the right Holliday drives past Grand Canyon G Jerome Garrison on senior night on Feb. 28. Holliday scored a season high 24 points (hitting 16 of 17 FT) in his final home game as UMKC won 70-65.
44. Senior F Aron Phillips-Nwankwo of Pittsburgh scores his first 2 points of the season on this shot (left photo) over Niagara F Ramone Snowden in the final minute of Pitt's 78-45 win on opening night on Nov. 14. On the right Phillips-Nwankwo wrestles G Olivier Hanlan for the ball during a 71-65 win over Boston College on Feb. 24. I probably would have put Aron on the team if not for the (too many) times he had his dreads reduced. But hey, reduced or not it was nice to his his dreads on the court a little more this season after he hardly played at all in his first 3 years.
48. In his senior year Levi Randolph's dreads finally got long enough that he thought he needed to bunch them into a ponytail. Randolph is fouled (I think) while attempting a shot against G Chance Murray (right photo) during a 76-71 victory over Arizona State on Nov. 25. Levi scored 28 points in the game, including 10 for 10 from the FT line, which improved him to 35 for 35 through the first 5 games of the season. On the left Randolph drives against G Wes Clark during a 62-49 home win over Missouri on Feb. 4, a game in which he scored 20 points - one of 5 times he scored at least 20 points this season.
- Donnell Minton - would-have-been Lamar JR G
Now here are a few more photos of this year's dread all-Americans.
50. Jordan Goodman puts up a short shot (right photo) against Boise State on Jan. 18 and three days later has his dreads folded up as he goes to the basket against UNLV G Cody Doolin (left photo). Goodman had 10 points in a season high 21 minutes in the 69-59 loss to Boise State and had 8 points, including the game-winning putback with 9.1 seconds remaining, in the 71-69 win over UNLV. Goodman was a star player in junior college but didn't play a lot for New Mexico this season because he hadn't fully recovered from offseason knee surgery. Then in mid-February he had to have surgery on his foot and missed the final 7 games of the season. He will be transferring to another school for his senior season.
JORDAN GOODMAN (2014-15): 19 games, 13 MPG, 6.3 PPG, 36.3 FG%, 2.3 RPG
51. Mo Alie-Cox slams home 2 of his 8 points (left photo) as VCU defeated Davidson 71-65 on Jan. 7 - right in the middle of an 11-game winning streak. On the right Mo says no to LaSalle G Amar Stukes, one of the 5 blocked shots he had on Feb. 11. He also had 8 points and 9 rebounds in the game, but the Rams fell to LaSalle 74-69 in double OT.
53. Jameel McKay's dreads made a spectacular showing during Iowa State's game at Kansas on Feb. 2, as he battles for a rebound against F Jamari Traylor (left photo) and takes an elbow to the chops while battling F Cliff Alexander for a rebound (right photo). McKay had 8 points and 7 rebounds in ISU's 89-76 defeat.
55. Rod Hall's dreads touch the floor as he tries to get the handle on a loose ball (left photo), and he drives to the basket for his familiar short floater (right photo) in action against Georgia Tech. Clemson jumped out to leads of 20-2 midway through the 1st half and then 30-7 a little later on senior day for Hall and G Damarcus Harrison but blew the big lead entirely before rallying to win 70-63 in OT. Rod had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 41 minutes.
57. Cameron Dobbs drives against G Harrison Taggart (left photo) on Mar. 7 during the Northeast-10 championship game and is congratulated after the game (right photo) after being named to the all-tournament team. No doubt every player wants to be good enough to excel in Division 1, but obviously not everyone can be. After two not very good seasons for Mississippi Valley State, Dobbs found he could excel on the D-2 level, being named 3rd team all-conference in the NE-10 and being named MVP of the conference tournament. Cameron was in the zone in the 1st half of the semifinals, hitting eight 3-pointers (and 9 of 11 for the game) as he scored 38 points in American International's 82-79 road win over Southern New Hampshire; and three nights later he scored 27 in an 85-79 road win over St.Anselm for the championship, AIC's first conference crown in 21 years. If you've got 10 minutes, here are some highlights from those two games:
The Yellow Jackets were then seeded #1 in their regional in the D-2 national tournament; but after winning their first game they lost at home to Southern Connecticut State 86-65 in the regional semifinal to finish at 24-7.
CAMERON DOBBS (2014-15): 30 games, 35 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 42.6 FG%, 2.0 RPG, 1.5 APG
DREAD DUOS (and trios)
There were 9 teams in Division 1 with at least two players with dreads when the season ended, with Bethune-Cookman being the only one of them with three. Here's the list of the 9, ranked by the total points per game accounted for by those players.
- BAYLOR (25.5 PPG) - Taurean Prince (13.9), Rico Gathers (11.6)
- NEBRASKA (22.5 PPG) - Terran Petteway (18.2), David Rivers (4.3)
- MISSISSIPPI (18.3 PPG) - Stefan Moody (16.6), Roderick Lawrence (1.7)
- BETHUNE-COOKMAN (17.9 PPG) - Quintin Brewer (9.2), Delino Dear (4.4), Travis Elliott (4.2)
- ILLINOIS STATE (17.1 PPG) - DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (12.8), Tony Wills (4.3)
- VCU (12.6 PPG) - Mo Alie-Cox (7.4), Doug Brooks (5.2)
- CAMPBELL (11.7 PPG) - Reco McCarter (10.2), Quinton Ray (1.5)
- SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (10.3 PPG) - Rozell Nunn (9.4), Michael Chandler (0.9)
- SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (9.4 PPG) - Darryl Palmer (7.5), Tyvoris Solomon (1.9)
58. Thanks to the strong performances by Rico Gathers in his first season with dreads and Taurean Prince in his second season with dreads, Baylor replaced Louisiana Tech as the team with the most points per game by players with dreads.
I did not include Kennesaw State among the dread duos even though Damien Wilson (10.6 PPG) and Nate Rucker (3.7 PPG) were on the roster, mainly because Rucker - due to injury - only played in 6 games all season and not at all after Jan. 3. For that reason also Rucker is the only one of the 72 players with dreads that I have no photos of from this season. I also did not include DePaul, as the Jamee Crockett/Forrest Robinson partnership ended when Robinson cut off his dreads (which I don't think were his own hair anyway) near the end of the season. And I also did not include Northern Colorado because ..... stay tuned.
A ranking of the leading players with dreads in the five main categories.
SCORING (at least 10 points per game)
Marcus Thornton (photo on right) - William & Mary - 20.0
Chasson Randle - Stanford - 19.6
Terran Petteway - Nebraska - 18.2
Justin Moss - Buffalo - 17.5
Stefan Moody - Mississippi - 16.6
Maurice N'dour - Ohio - 16.0
Michael Qualls - Arkansas - 15.9
Montrezl Harrell - Louisville - 15.7
Levi Randolph - Alabama - 15.4
Taurean Prince - Baylor - 13.9
Charles Jackson - Tennessee Tech - 13
Aaseem Dixon - Northern Arizona - 12.9
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell - Illinois State - 12.8
Anthony Barber - North Carolina State - 12.1
Joe Edwards - IPFW - 12.0
Jamee Crockett - DePaul - 11.9
Rico Gathers - Baylor - 11.6
Cam Griffin - Denver - 11.4
Jameel McKay - Iowa State 11
Estan Tyler - North Dakota - 11
Damien Wilson - Kennesaw State - 10.6
Xavier Johnson - Colorado - 10.3
Reco McCarter - Campbell - 10.2
REBOUNDING (at least 5 per game)
Rico Gathers (photo on right) - Baylor - 11.6
Charles Jackson - Tennessee Tech - 9.5
Justin Moss - Buffalo - 9.2
Montrezl Harrell - Louisville - 9.2
Maurice N'dour - Ohio - 8.3
Jameel McKay - Iowa State - 7.6
Shaq Goodwin - Memphis - 7.1
Quintin Brewer - Bethune-Cookman - 7
Abdul Lewis - South Alabama - 6.9
Darryl Palmer - South Carolina State - 6.7
Dominique McKoy - Duquesne - 6.2
Cam Griffin - Denver - 6.1
Mo Alie-Cox - VCU - 5.7
DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell - Illinois State - 5.6
Xavier Johnson - Colorado - 5.6
Taurean Prince - Baylor - 5.6
Michael Qualls - Arkansas - 5.3
Brandon Taylor - Penn State - 5.3
Travis Elliott - Bethune-Cookman - 5.2
Levi Randolph - Alabama - 5.1
Reese Holliday - UMKC - 5.0
ASSISTS (at least 2 per game)
Kenneth Smith - Louisiana Tech - 7.4
Landon Drew - Cal State-Northridge - 4.5
Anthony Barber - North Carolina State - 3.7
Rod Hall (photo on right) - Clemson - 3.4
Chasson Randle - Stanford - 3.0
Marcus Thornton - William & Mary - 2.9
Terran Petteway - Nebraska - 2.8
Tyvoris Solomon - South Carolina State - 2.8
Paul Baxter - Sam Houston State - 2.6
Levi Randolph - Alabama - 2.5
Cam Griffin - Denver - 2.4
Stefan Moody - Mississippi - 2.4
Aaseem Dixon - Northern Arizona - 2.3
Estan Tyler - North Dakota - 2.3
Joe Edwards - IPFW - 2.2
Reco McCarter - Campbell - 2.0
STEALS (top 10)
Kenneth Smith - Louisiana Tech - 1.9
Cam Griffin - Denver - 1.7
Stefan Moody (photo on right) - Mississippi - 1.7
Reco McCarter - Campbell - 1.5
Taurean Prince - Baylor - 1.5
Levi Randolph - Alabama - 1.5
Jamee Crockett - DePaul - 1.4
Chasson Randle - Stanford - 1.4
Damon Collins - Howard - 1.2
Rico Gathers - Baylor - 1.2
Doug Brooks - VCU - 1.2
BLOCKED SHOTS (top 10)
Jameel McKay - Iowa State - 2.4
Maurice N'dour (photo on right) - Ohio - 2.3
Darryl Palmer - South Carolina State - 2.2
Mo Alie-Cox -VCU - 1.9
Charles Jackson - Tennessee Tech - 1.3
Montrezl Harrell - Louisville - 1.2
Shaq Goodwin - Memphis - 1.1
Quintin Brewer - Bethune-Cookman - 1.1
Rico Gathers - Baylor - 1.0
Michael Chandler - SIU-Edwardsville - 1
OK. Let's finish off DG157 with some of the players with dreads on teams in the West.
63. After stealing the ball, Steven Thornton, 6-4 senior F for UC-Riverside, gets an uncontested dunk (left photo), giving him 11 points in the first 8 minutes of the game and giving the Highlanders a 16-10 lead over UCLA on Dec. 10. On the right Thornton offers scant resistance on a drive to the basket by F Winston Shepard during a 61-33 loss to San Diego State on Dec. 22. Riverside also lost the game to UCLA 77-66 after leading 36-28 at halftime. Thornton's first season with dreads was similar statistically to his junior season. He scored in double figures 13 times, with a season and career high game of 22 points. The Highlanders finished at 14-17.
STEVEN THORNTON (2014-15): 31 games, 29 MPG, 9.2 PPG, 38.8 FG%, 3.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.1 SPG
MARLEY BIYENDOLO (2014-15) (season totals, not averages): 21 games, 102 minutes, 12 points, 35.7 FG%, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 5 steals
ANTHONY JOHNSON (2014-15): 23 games, 8 MPG, 3.5 PPG, 54.9 FG%, 0.9 RPG
And who, you ask, is that #44 with dreads hidden in the photo by Johnson's arm? .....
DWIGHT SMITH (2014-15): 8 games, 20 MPG, 2.9 PPG, 36.4 FG%, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG