In appreciation of Jamar Butler
They aren't even all the way through the football season previews, yet the boys in Bristol have released their edition of "2006 Big 10 Summer Session" I guess it's pretty much just the equivalent to the Spring Ball recap, but pretty in depth. They aren't specific with and predictions, and there aren't any preseason awards given out, but from the looks of things, Wisconsin is the preseason pick to win the conference, and Alando Tucker is preseason player of the year. It's pretty hard to argue with either of those picks, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Ohio State give them a run for their money if Greg Oden's wrist injury isn't one of those season-long nagging ones. As for now, you have to give the edge to Wisconsin based solely on experience.
Claxton was described as "one of the better perimeter players in the league" and "a competitive kid that hates to lose and … simply makes plays."
Coaches said Butler "just makes the right pass" and "doesn't get credit for his defense. He's a tough kid."
If I'm not mistaken, I do remember Butler getting the better of Claxton in the team's two meetings last season, but if ESPN wants to view them as equals, maybe I just missed something. It is possible. I don't really put a premium on watching Penn State basketball. BigTenWonk, a highly recommended Big Ten basketball blog, made Butler their POY last season, even though Butler couldn't even crack the all-conference team, making many of the points I offer here, but with stats to back it up. Read it here.
Okay...this is too much basketball for me right now. It's only August, check back in November for more in-depth previews.