Nov. 9, 2006
By Bryan Armen Graham
Bryan is a basketball editor for CSTV.com and contributes on a regular weekly basis.
Last season, Saint Peter's Keydren Clark became the seventh player in Division I history to crack the 3,000-point plateau - an accomplishment all the more amazing considering the native Gothamite's slight 5-foot-9 frame.
But a generation before Clark finished his career as the first player under six feet to claim back-to-back national scoring titles, another pint-sized cager made his mark in the NCAA record books.
The year was 1987. And while fellow serviceman David Robinson was making headlines in Annapolis, Army's Kevin Houston -- a 5-foot-11 guard from New York's Pearl River High -- poured in an eye-popping 32.9 points per night to win the national scoring title.
"It was certainly not something that I set out to do," recalls
Not bad for a kid whose Division I prospects out of high school were limited to Army and ... Army.
"I played three years of varsity [at Pearl River] and was not very highly recruited coming out of high school,"
After spending a year at the
"It was something that I wanted to do," said
Perhaps the most resplendent memory from that magical senior season came against Fordham in the MAAC quarterfinals, a game that Army would win in overtime after trailing by double digits with less than three minutes left in regulation.
"I broke the school career scoring mark and I broke the single-game scoring mark,"
When pressed for the number of points,
"He's a real grounded guy and obviously a great basketball player,"
Following his military obligation,
Houston and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 19 years and have three children: Lauren, Luke and Leanne. Two decades removed from his handprint on college basketball history,
"Things worked out very well for me. From the time I got there I started and played in every game. I ended up playing close to 38 or 40 minutes a night. For me, it was a great place to be, to play and get that opportunity right away. One hundred thirteen games, I started all of them,"
With all the talk surrounding the volume of fab first-year players in today's college game, name the only team to win the national championship while starting four freshmen. (Answer below.)
In a move that has made countless basketball fans in their twenties and thirties freak out about how old they're getting, UNLV raised the No. 50 jersey of celebrated point guard Greg Anthony to the Thomas &
Anthony, the program's all-time leader in assists (838) and steals (275), helped lead the Runnin' Rebels to the national championship in 1990. But for his considerable statistical impact, the
In an early February game against Fresno State, Anthony tumbled to the floor face first and broke his jaw in two places. Despite the pessimistic prognosis -- six weeks on the sidelines according to doctor's orders -- Anthony showed up to practice in North Gym the following day with his jaw wired shut and his head safeguarded with a hockey helmet jimmy-rigged to a football facemask.
Two days later, Anthony beseeched coach Jerry Tarkanian to start when top-ranked UNLV took the floor against
"It was just unreal to be his teammate," said Moses Scurry, a reserve forward on the title team. "You name it and he was it for us. He was everything you wanted in a leader."
Anthony joins two other legendary Rebels whose jerseys hang in the Mack: fellow NBA veterans Stacey Augmon and Larry Johnson.
Those youthful Utes of Utah in 1944.
· It would appear Kansas center C.J. Giles has run out of chances in
· One week after Texas Tech coach Bob Knight dismissed Jarrius Jackson from the team for academic reasons, the reigning Big 12 scoring champion returned to practice. Jackson, who paced the Red Raiders last season with 20.5 points per game, worked out with the team Sunday according to a school spokesman.
· With a 15-foot jumper from the foul line in the opening minutes of his side's loss to