Leading Men

Updated: February 20, 2003, 7:57 PM ET
By By Pete Thamel, ESPN The Magazine
During Maryland's title run last season, Drew Nicholas evolved into his team's go-to guy. Well, at least in the interview room, where the consummate complementary player dished endless compliments for his soft-spoken senior teammates -- Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter and Byron Mouton.

Now Drew's game is doing the talking. The senior 2-guard has emerged as a scoring force (17.9 ppg) while still paying attention to the little things (steady ballhandling, lockdown perimeter D) that made him such a valued role player. "Drew's having a very good senior season," says Gary Williams, "because he was patient in his development."