As the 2015 SEC hoop season unfolds, sure there’s drama and interest:
Will Kentucky run the table (as Florida did in the SEC a year ago) and finish the conference (and entire regular season) unbeaten?
Speaking of the Gators, are we looking at the standard of success over the past decade in SEC play potentially being LEFT OUT of the dance?!
How far can an obviously improved Arkansas team go, not only in league play, but also come post season?
So, there are story lines to unfolding involving teams.
But, where are the players that really make you want to watch???
Yes, Kentucky has deep talent, but ask yourselves this: if you are not in the “Bluegrass State,” is there really one guy that you have to stop what you are doing to find when his game is on? Have to check online to see his highlights or box score?
For that matter is there a player in the SEC right now that fits that mold? Think about it.
Now, if I say Jahil Okafor of Duke? Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin? Montrez Harrell of Louisville? Freshman phenom Stanley Johnson of Arizona?
These are guys on the offensive end that entertain, even make regular spectacular plays/highlight moves/dunks. They make you want to see what they are doing/when they are playing again.
Can you say the same for: Bobby Portis of the Hogs? Jarrell Martin of LSU? Damian Jones of Vandy?
Look, I am not insulting the SEC or calling what’s going on boring (although some will interpret it this way, I’m sure).
I am just used to Anthony Davis of “Big Blue” being in the SEC two years ago. John Wall before that. “Big Baby” Davis on the Bayou before them. Names like Shaq, Barkley, Mashburn, Chris Jackson, Vernon Maxwell, Corliss Williamson, that were on the marquee over the last 30 years in this conference and on and on.
Guys you HAD to see game after game. Star attractions.
Forgive me for pointing out that the current crop is a little underwhelming in that department this season. Maybe it changes/someone goes bonkers in the next 45 days. But, I think we are stuck with teams being the story down the stretch (not always bad, either).
And ultimately, the wining and losing trumps all, anyway.
But as an interested observer, I want the SEC stars to be just that….exciting/entertaining!
Too much to ask?
Tell me how wrong I am.