Eddie Basden – Best player, pound for pound, inch for inch, to ever don the green and white. I know Eddie personally, and can tell you that he is as good a guy off the court as he is on, and that says a ton! If you haven’t seen him play this year in person, make the trip to Memphis. He is more than worth the trip.
Jay Bilas – What a great friend to the Niner program! Not just because he says positive things about our program, Eddie, etc – but when/if he is in town, he is at OUR games. He is such a stalwart supporter of Bobby, and his basketball IQ and insight make Fowler, Digger, Vitale, all the more embarassing.
Lutz – You can count the better coaches in America on one hand. For us to have a basketball coach of his intelligence, preparation and ability… Just ask the other 12 C-USA programs that have changed head coaches since Bobby started at Charlotte (sans Huggins).
Curt – Has become the MAN that we wanted all year. If he wants to score, there is no one in C-USA that can stop him. I wouldn’t trade the tandum of him and Eddie for any pair in the country. Oh, and he will be back. Don’t ask him, he’s tired of the question already. The answer never changes.
ESPN – Vitale’s answer to the C-USA player of the year (Garcia), shows what little attention he pays to anything that’s not Pitino, Calipari, Duke, ACC, Kansas… Jay stood up for Eddie, while Fowler and Digger did the “you’re from Charlotte Jay” and “You sound like his agent Jay” crap. Just because we are ranked doesn’t mean we have made it. I would bet you Dick and Digger couldn’t name one starter at Pacific, but could tell you family background on any number of Duke bench warmers.
Observer – Best coverage ever. I know people still want more and more, but Jena has been a godsend. Stan and Leonard were great but were probably handcuffed a little in what they could get in the paper, but Mike P has let Jena run with the Niners, and our coverage (game and non-game day) and our front page photos after games have been excellent. I can appreciate many of the arguments Mike presents. Just as they are “Charlotte” hometown paper, they are not UNC Charlotte’s personal media outlet (but on certain days this year, they sure did become it). Kudos to all of the improvements from Jena and Mike.
Its been a GREAT YEAR!