By Michael Perry
The Cincinnati Enquirer
It was just 3‡ hours into the preseason, but Andy Kennedy liked what he saw. "It was good; it was fun," the second-year University of Cincinnati assistant coach said Saturday after the Bearcats' first practice.
"I'm usually pretty cynical, and I actually feel pretty good. I think the guys listened and tried. There are a lot of new guys and obviously a lot of confusion, but I thought the effort was pretty good.
"I thought they sustained their intensity. If they'll buy in, then they'll be fine. The majority of them are already there, and I think the rest of them will get there."
In a 20-minute scrimmage held for 3,200 fans as part of "Breakfast with Bob," first-year junior Tony Bobbitt may have put on the most impressive show.
The 6-foot-4 guard hit two 3-pointers, had some nice drives to the basket, made his free throws and passed well. He finished unofficially with 15 points for the white team. Juniors Rod Flowers and Field Williams each scored seven and freshman Eric Hicks four.
Sophomore Jason Maxiell scored 10 and Leonard Stokes nine for the black team's only points.
LOGAN'S LOCKER: Steve Logan, a consensus All-American as a senior last season, is honored in the Bearcats' locker room with a glass-encased locker that includes a uniform, warmup, shoes and photo. A plaque on the front lists Logan's many honors.
There are also encased lockers for Kenyon Martin and Danny Fortson and a fourth that is empty and asks: "The tradition continues ... Are you next?"
NBA TALK: While Logan remains unsigned with the Golden State Warriors, second-year pro Kenny Satterfield began the preseason as the Denver Nuggets' starting point guard.
OSCAR'S NO. 3: In a new book called The Sporting News Selects Legends of College Basketball, TSN senior writer Mike DeCourcy ranks the top 100 players college of all time.
UC legend Oscar Robertson is third on the list, behind No.1 Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul Jabbar) and No.2 Bill Walton.
"Although it's presented as strictly my list, that's not entirely the case," DeCourcy said. "We had a panel of people at The Sporting News (www.sportingnews.com) who voted. I kind of finessed it from there.
"If it was my vote, I might have bumped Oscar up ahead of Walton, although the more you watch Walton and look at what he accomplished, you can't argue with that either. Oscar was unbelievable. I only wish I was able to watch more than just film of him."
DeCourcy is a former Enquirer reporter who covered UC basketball from 1997-2000. UC's Martin is No. 91.
"Kenyon, in a lot of peoples' eyes, will be perceived a personal pick because I covered him and saw him first-hand," DeCourcy said, "but he was a panel vote as a top-100 player."
LOOKING WAY AHEAD: This may be hard to believe, but Joe Lunardi already has put together a 2003 NCAA Tournament bracket on www.espn.com. He has UC as a No. 12 seed in the East playing Indiana in the first round. Kentucky is a No. 3 seed and Xavier No. 6.
HEART ASSOCIATION: Since coach Bob Huggins requested that donations be sent to the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky American Heart Association instead of sending him flowers, the organization has received roughly $1,000 and several calls seeking its address, said communications director Claudia Harrod.
She said money has come from coaches, fans and Conference USA.
Send donations to 2936 Vernon Place, Cincinnati, OH 45219
WOMEN RANKED: The UC women, coming off a 27-5 season and an NCAA Tournament appearance, have been ranked in at least two preseason publications. Street & Smith's magazine has the Bearcats at No.17, and Athlon Sports rates UC at No. 20.
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