Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

March 02, 2014 | Glenn Clark

Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 9 and Drew Forrester is once again responsible for this week’s Sweet 16 list, which is a bit more defined than some of the lists we’ve tried in recent weeks. We’re on the cusp of March Madness here in Charm City. Two local college hoops teams (Towson and Morgan State) have legitimate chances to make the NCAA Tournament-one Tournament bid will be determined here in Baltimore in eight days when the CAA Tournament Championship is decided at Baltimore Arena.

We’ve discussed the Terps once already here in the Sweet 16, and considering their effort against Clemson Sunday it’s probably not worth discussing them again in the future. Instead, let’s focus in on the five most direct area teams.

This week’s topic is “The Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore College Basketball Players”. There is an important distinction to be made here. The list is NOT for the greatest college hoops players to have been born in Baltimore, but instead for the greatest players to have played in Baltimore-at either Towson, UMBC, Morgan State, Coppin State or Loyola. (I’ll allow Drew’s discretion if he thinks players from lower level schools like Johns Hopkins or Stevenson should be considered as well.)

If the player also just so happens to have been from Baltimore originally (like former Morgan State star Reggie Holmes or former Towson standout Kurk Lee), so be it. Both are going to be in the argument to be near the top of this list. As is former UMBC standout Jay Greene, who lead the school to their only ever NCAA Tournament appearance. “The Human Eraser” Marvin Webster is probably the most accomplished NBA player to have played at a Baltimore school-he has to be considered near the top of the list. Tracy Bergan helped the Loyola Greyhounds make their first ever trip to “The Big Dance”, he would have to be considered. Perhaps even likely two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will be near the top as he tries to lead Towson back to the postseason in the waning stages of his college career.

The fun part about this list for me is that I legitimately don’t know who will end up being number one-which hasn’t always been the case early on this year. I can make an argument for a few of those guys. It will also be interesting to see how Drew measures the stats a player compiled versus the accomplishments or winning games/conference titles/reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Who do you think deserves to be on the list? Who should be at the top?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Drew via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who was the greatest player you ever saw at a Baltimore-area college? I’ll save you the trouble in trying to do shtick and let you know I don’t think Tamir Goodman is going to end up making the list.

But who else?

-G

 

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