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Southeast Missouri's 'Dandy Dozen'

Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Now that the 2002-2003 basketball season is here, who are the top players to watch out for? Everybody has his or her own opinion on the subject. The following is a list of what I consider the top 12 players heading into the season. Here is Southeast Missouri's "Dandy Dozen."

Poplar Bluff Mules

G, 6-2, Sr.

Webb's success on the football field should carry over to the hardcourt. Bluff is expected to be the best team in the area, and Webb is their best player in my opinion. He averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and was a solid defender for the Mules' 24-4 team last year.

Sikeston Bulldogs

F, 6-3, Sr.

Sikeston's exciting L-Train had a breakthrough junior year, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds a game. If the Bulldogs can come up with a perimeter game to keep the pressure off McClinton, he could be even more dominant this year.

Poplar Bluff Mules

C, 6-8, So.

If Hansbrough isn't Poplar Bluff's best player, he is very close to it. In fact, if he improves as much this season as he did over the course of last year, he might be the area's best player come February. As a freshman he averaged 15 points and 8 boards a game. He returns two inches taller this year.

Bell City Cubs

G, 6-2, Sr.

Henry worked on his outside shot in the off-season. Now, the two-time all-stater can play anywhere on the court. He put up 20 points and 9 rebounds a night for the 1A state champs last year.

Bell City Cubs

G, 5-11, Jr.

Johnson will be the best point guard in Southeast Missouri this year. He proved to be unstoppable at times as a sophomore, averaging 16 points and 6 assists per game.

Charleston Bluejays

F, 6-6, So.

Farmer was an impact player on Charleston's quarterfinal team last year, averaging 9 points and 6 rebounds as a freshman. Don't expect a sophomore slump.

Doniphan Dons

G, 6-2, Sr.

This year, Doniphan will only go as far as Kellas takes them. The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter has started since he was a sophomore, and he put up 17.6 points per game last season.

Dexter Bearcats

G, 5-8, Sr.

Expectations are still high in Bearcat Country, and Hyten is the biggest reason why. He averaged 13 points and 4 assists per game last year, shooting 54 percent from the field.

Oran Eagles

F, 6-3, Sr.

The Eagles return five starters from last year's 21-7 team, most notably forward Nathan Seyer. He averaged 17 points per game and was named the top player in the Scott-Miss Conference.

Cape Central Tigers

G, 6-0, Jr.

All the buzz in Cape County is about 6-foot-8 sophomore transfer Scott Chestnutt. But Ryan Delph is the Cape player opponents should be worried about. He was the Tigers' leading scorer and rebounder last year with 14 points and 8 boards.

Caruthersville Tigers

G, 5-10, Sr.

If Southeast Missouri State had anything to say about it, this guy would be listed No. 1 in the area. Springer already signed a letter of intent to play for SEMO, after averaging 17 points a game as a junior.

Notre Dame Bulldogs

G, 6-1, Sr.

Siebert led the Bulldogs in scoring last season with 13 points per game. He might be the top shooter in the area this year.

OTHERS that just missed the cut include Charleston's Kewain Gant, Sikeston's Lavar Morgan, Advance's Jared Ritter, South Pemiscot's Herman Rogers, Scott Central's Chris Pullen, Kennett's Tyree Goolsby, North Pemiscot's Shaviste Grandberry, Malden's James Farr, Delta C-7's Derrick Dye, Hayti's Pete Peterson, Clarkton's David Mathis, Oran's Ryne Wood and Portageville's Aaron Bidewell.