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    Players You Couldn't Help But Like

    In light of all the discussion of hated players, I decided to start a thread on players from other ACC teams you couldn't help but like. I will start with two players from teams that I usually despise, but definitely rooted for when they weren't playing Duke.

    Juan Dixon - Maryland. Tough kid, extremely intense competitor. Couldn't stand Maryland teams of that era or Gary Williams, but Dixon was hard to not respect if not enjoy watching.

    Marcus Paige. I might get throttled for this one, but his grit and determination has willed the Evil Empire to what seems like dozens of victories in the last few years that they wouldn't have without him on the floor. He fights through injuries and adversity, frequently seems like the only player on UNC that can hit from outside, and loves having the ball in his hands in big game situations. Seems to be a good kid by all accounts.

    Please, let's keep this positive, and share the players from other schools that you couldn't help but enjoy watching play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn.Devil.91.92.01.10.15 View Post
    In light of all the discussion of hated players, I decided to start a thread on players from other ACC teams you couldn't help but like. I will start with two players from teams that I usually despise, but definitely rooted for when they weren't playing Duke.

    Juan Dixon - Maryland. Tough kid, extremely intense competitor. Couldn't stand Maryland teams of that era or Gary Williams, but Dixon was hard to not respect if not enjoy watching.

    Marcus Paige. I might get throttled for this one, but his grit and determination has willed the Evil Empire to what seems like dozens of victories in the last few years that they wouldn't have without him on the floor. He fights through injuries and adversity, frequently seems like the only player on UNC that can hit from outside, and loves having the ball in his hands in big game situations. Seems to be a good kid by all accounts.

    Please, let's keep this positive, and share the players from other schools that you couldn't help but enjoy watching play.
    I'll join in, and share your risk of getting throttled. I enjoyed watching James Worthy when I was a kid, especially his creativity with his dunks. Len Bias - do I need to explain this one? It's a shame he tragically left this earth far too soon, but he was amazing in college and during an era when the Twerps were tolerable, IMO.

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    Julius Hodge. A lot like Chris Carawell, in my view, only in red-and-white. And Tim Duncan + Randolph Childress. They were the BMOC's when I moved to town, and I have nothing but praise for them (especially what Childress did to Jeff McInnis).
    "Amazing what a minute can do."

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    OK, Childress. But this is an icky topic...
    Hhhmmm, Cat Barber?
    I quit.
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    Definitely Juan Dixon. Rodney Monroe from N.C. St. Bryant Stith from U.Va. Dennis Scott and Kenny Anderson from Tech. Rodney Rogers, Tim Duncan and Randolph Childress from Wake.

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    David Thompson

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    Randolph Childress is #1 for me. His 1995 ACC Tournament was just silly, and I was able to enjoy it basically with no stakes due to the state of Duke's season at that point.
    Also Georgia Tech's Lethal Weapon 3 (Kenny Anderson, Dennis Scott, and Brian Oliver)...having grown up in Atlanta, I fondly remember when the Jackets were near-elite and made ACC basketball actually matter around here. Not for nothing did they call Tech's old arena "The Thriller Dome."
    I also jealously watched some really fun ACC football players during our lean years...Calvin Johnson, Matt Ryan, and Philip Rivers come to mind.

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    Since I started seeing games (original and "plus one" teams ACC only)

    Wake -- Randolph Childress, Mugsy Bogues, Rodney Rodgers (shout out to Rusty LaRue, too, although I loved to give him grief)
    Maryland -- Len Bias, Juan Dixon, Adrian Branch
    Heels -- Antawn Jamison, Marcus Paige
    Tech -- about anyone from the '85-'89 classes except Mark Price or Noodles Neal
    Virginia -- Malcolm Brogdon, Bryant Stith, Cory Alexander, Junior Burrough
    State -- Rodney Monroe, Chris Cochiani, Sidney Lowe, Cat Barber
    Clemson -- Horace and Harvey Grant

    FSU -- Charlie Ward

    Hard to really pick one from the expansion schools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nugget View Post
    Definitely Juan Dixon. Rodney Monroe from N.C. St. Bryant Stith from U.Va. Dennis Scott and Kenny Anderson from Tech. Rodney Rogers, Tim Duncan and Randolph Childress from Wake.
    I agree almost completely with this list. The one guy I haven't seen mentioned yet that I would add is James Forrest from Georgia Tech as he was strong, athletic and I believe hit a buzzer beater in the NCAAT one year.

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    Nice Thread!

    I'll go with David Thompson, Fire & Ice, Thurl Bailey and Hodge from NC State, Bobby Jones, Walter Davis, Jeff Lamp, Childress from Wake and Dixon from the Terps. GoDuke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSDukeFan View Post
    The one guy I haven't seen mentioned yet that I would add is James Forrest from Georgia Tech as he was strong, athletic and I believe hit a buzzer beater in the NCAAT one year.
    Yep, he hit a buzzer-beater in the second round of the 1992 Tournament to upset George Raveling's Southern Cal team with Harold Miner.

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    Sean Singletary is my favorite non-Duke ACC player of all time.

    I really like this Buddy Hield kid too. He's hard to root against.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dukehky View Post
    Sean Singletary is my favorite non-Duke ACC player of all time.
    I liked Singletary too, but not as much as I liked watching Sean Dockery shut him down on defense. Singletary was great, but Dock always seemed to give him trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1999ballboy View Post
    I liked Singletary too, but not as much as I liked watching Sean Dockery shut him down on defense. Singletary was great, but Dock always seemed to give him trouble.
    Sean Singletary hit a ridiculous, one-handed, falling-down-backwards shot to beat Duke in 2007. Nothing you can do after that but tip your cap to the man.


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    In addition to most of those named above, Bobby Jones, Spud Webb, Jeff Lamp, Tim Mullen (he's from my HS), Craig Neal.

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    Didn't like him at first, but he grew on me -- Greivis Vasquez.

    Same with Julius Hodge.

    Definitely Juan Dixon. And Bias, of course. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KdFhvX8Xaw

    Mark Price and John Salley. And Dennis Scott.

    Childress. I hated the way he repeatedly gutted us, but I'll always love him for this:







    And this (nice defense, Dante): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgsVItGvRQo


    Bryant Stith, definitely. Remember when he broke UVa's career scoring record in Cameron, and Coach K grabbed the PA mike after the game and gave Stith the game ball? (Duke had won the game -- it was the game in which Hurley returned from his foot injury in 1992 -- but I thought it was an incredibly nice gesture by K.)

    Greg Buckner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SmGyTDfNks
    "I swear Roy must redeem extra timeouts at McDonald's the day after the game for free hamburgers." --Posted on InsideCarolina, 2/18/2015

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    A lot have been already mentioned but I'll add Matt Harpering. One of my favorite monuments from the ACC tournament was his final game in 1998. GTech was going to lose so Cremins pulled him before the buzzer. The entire Greensboro Coliseums gave him a standing ovulation. The conference was a closer knit community back before expansion started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kdogg View Post
    A lot have been already mentioned but I'll add Matt Harpering. One of my favorite monuments from the ACC tournament was his final game in 1998. GTech was going to lose so Cremins pulled him before the buzzer. The entire Greensboro Coliseums gave him a standing ovulation. The conference was a closer knit community back before expansion started.
    Very close, apparently.

    Sports medicine is not my area of expertise. How does this work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post
    Very close, apparently.

    Sports medicine is not my area of expertise. How does this work?
    You must spread some Comments around before commenting on brevity again.

    Now I must clean spewed beer off my iPhone.
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