Morrison, Redick On Sports Illustrated Cover
Feb. 28, 2006
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's Adam Morrison and Duke University's J.J. Redick, the top two scorers in the NCAA Division I men's basketball ranks and the two players listed in the same breath as Player of the Year, will be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated that hits the newsstands Thursday.
On the cover are Morrison and Redick standing back-to-back with the slogan "Who's The Best? Morrison or Redick." The article was written by Grant Wahl, who has done two other stories on Morrison for the magazine in Morrison's three years at Gonzaga.
Part of the article states:
In an SI survey of 67 players--one each from teams in the six traditional power ¬conferences--were asked, among other things, to pick the national player of the year. The reason cited most often by those who voted for Redick was that he has played against tougher competition within the ACC. In fact, Duke ranks third in the nation in strength of schedule; Gonzaga, a member of the mid-major West Coast Conference, is 90th. "Redick has some of the best mental focus I've ever seen as far as dealing with the garbage that people say about him, and he still brings his A game every night," says a Pac-10 player, who like all voters in the SI poll was granted anonym¬ity in exchange for his frankness. "You know that people are going to focus on him, but he's still able to light teams up. And he ¬doesn't have Morrison's height advantage."
The article continues:
Redick may have faced tougher competition, but Morrison has been equally impressive against ranked teams, averaging 30.3 points per 40 minutes in five games to Redick's 29.4 in eight games against Top 25 foes. Although Morrison has a solid inside complement in underrated forward J.P. Batista, most of the players who voted for Morrison believed he has less support than Redick, whose teammates were all top-tier recruits and include a likely All-America big man in Shelden Williams. "I'd take Morrison," says one Big East voter, "because he plays with less-talented guys than Redick does. Plus Morrison can take you inside and out, which is rare for someone his size."
Morrison, who earlier this season was teased on the SI cover that included the Seattle Seahawks Shawn Alexander, becomes the first Bulldog to be the feature of a SI cover story.
"This is great for Adam, for men's basketball, for Gonzaga University and the city of Spokane," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "There are millions of people who will see that cover, and Gonzaga is prominently displayed on it. Making the cover of SI is quite an honor that very few individuals achieve. There are only 52 of them a year."
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