Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Top 10 Black Bears of the Decade

10. Justin Rowe
9. Errick Greene
8. Huggy Dye
7. Rickey White
6. Joe Campbell
5. Julian Dunkley

No. 4
Players today should watch some film of Eric Dobson. What they'd find is a player who left it all on the floor every time he played. I remember being told, "Eric doesn't know he isn't that good a shooter," explaining his ability to take and hit the big shot despite modest shooting percentages. Dobson, a power-packed 6-3, 195 pounds, had offers to play high D1 football, but he loved basketball and followed his heart. Fitting, because he showed so much heart in some big, big games as a Black Bear. If only every player could summon his will to win. He spearheaded the Black Bears to their last conference title game appearance, averaging 13 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds a game.

No. 3
NATE FOX (99-00)
Nasty. That's one word for the chip Nate Fox played with. It worked well for the 6-8, 240-pound ruffian. He never shied away from rough stuff inside, but he could step outside and tear an opponents heart out with terrific accuracy. Check out his UMaine numbers: 18 points a game, 58 percent from the floor, 42 percent from the arc, 78 percent from the line, 8 rebounds a game. One of those players you knew was coming to play. Starting to see a common thread among my finalists?

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