It is really hard to believe that tonight is the last night that Jordy, Watford and Elston will lace 'em up in Assembly Hall. As has been noted elsewhere, this team will be very fondly remembered by everyone for years to come, as the team that brought the program back from the abyss. And, more specifically, this Senior Class is one which came on board at the worst possible moment. And while it does not hurt to have a 7-footer come along who can run the floor, and guys like Oladipo and Sheehey who are so very skilled and athletic, if you read some of the comments that start with Tom Crean and filter through others, the bedrock foundation of the rebuilding of the program has been the tireless hard work and effort that the team has put in. And those comments further indicate that this class has been the one to set the tone.
So, the purpose of this fanpost is to give a spot to share either your favorite moment (or, in Watford's case, your second favorite moment), or just to share what you like most about these guys. I'm not much on ground rules for something like this. Tonight's celebration is, apparently, only going to honor Jordy, Watford and Elston (not sure about Jeff Howard). Most specifically, it is not going to honor Zeller, Oladipo and Creek, each of whom may not be back next year. You guys can honor who you want.
And I have made no bones about my man-crush on Jordan Hulls. He has his limitations, and there are things that he has done throughout his career that have driven us all crazy. But, he is an exceptional shooter. And, tying back to my comments above, he has been singled out by Crean, the rest of the coaches, and opposing coaches as the guy who has been primarily responsible for creating a culture of hard work and player responsibility within the program. It's likely that Fort Wayne welcomes him as the new "Mr. Mad Ant"; and I don't mean that as a dig. He may or may not be able to cut it as a pro, and I don't care. He is a great college basketball player, and I consider myself to be privileged to have watched him play. For him and the rest, I'd love to see them walk off the court tonight with an outright Big Ten Title, after winning 7 conference games their first two years.
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