Friday, February 26, 1999

UC NOTEBOOK


Shooting title likely Mickeal's

BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        TAMPA, Fla. — Pete Mickeal's victory in the race to lead Conference USA in field-goal percentage is pretty much a slam dunk.

        A junior small forward for UC, Mickeal entered Thursday's game at South Florida having made 142 of 248 from the field, a .573 percentage. His nearest competitor, forward Fred Williams of UAB, had made 152-of-283 for .537.

        That meant Mickeal could miss 16 shots in a row and still have an .001 edge on Williams.

Ballot Box
        UC's nominee for the Conference USA defensive player of the year award was no surprise: junior center Kenyon Martin, who won the award last season.

        Although Martin has not blocked a shot in three games, he continues to lead the league at 2.56 per game. If he were to come up empty in his final two games as well, Southern Miss center Carlos Booker would have to block nine shots in his final game, against Louisville, to pass Martin.

        With no player having filled the sixth man role throughout the entire season, UC nominated freshman guard Steve Logan, who has started at point guard 11 times in 27 games. Forward Ryan Fletcher started too many games to be eligible for the honor.

        The awards announcements will start Monday with the all-conference team.

        One ballot: DePaul's Quentin Richardson, Cincinnati's Kenyon Martin and Pete Mickeal, Southern Mississippi's Neil Reed and UNC Charlotte's Galen Young for first-team all-conference; Richardson, DePaul's Bobby Simmons and Lance Williams, South Florida's B.B. Waldon and UC's Steve Logan for all-freshman; Martin for defensive player; Rashon Burno of DePaul for sixth man; Richardson for player of the year and freshman of the year.

Hot prospects
        This was a big week for UC recruiting. In addition to learning that top signee Kenny Satterfield had been named a McDonald's All-American and earned a qualifying SAT score, the Bearcats had a number of the state's top underclassmen at the Shoemaker Center for their victory over Louisville.

        Among the players who attended were 6-foot-5 junior wing Julius Johnson of Garfield Heights, 6-7 junior forward Omari Westley of JFK High in Cleveland and 6-4 sophomore wing Keith Jackson of Purcell Marian.

       



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