My new favorite (300 lb) player

John Carroll's observations of Dexter Pittman, a bad rule and Blake Griffin

Originally Published: March 5, 2009
By John Carroll | Scouts Inc.
Parity has produced a number of terrific story lines and plenty of great games this season. As we get ready for March Madness, a few of these games and players I've watched -- both on TV and in person -- deserve some further discussion.

My (Large) New Favorite Player

[+] EnlargeDexter Pittman
AP Photo/Rodolfo GonzalezPittman came to Texas as a 370 lb project.
I have watched Dexter Pittman several times this season, but when his Texas Longhorns took on the Baylor Bears last week I got a new appreciation for him. Averaging just 14.5 minutes per game, he played 23 minutes because of an injury to starting power forward Gary Johnson and made good use of the time by scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds, both well above his season averages.

John Carroll

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John Carroll joined Scouts Inc. after nine years as an NBA coach, including a seven-year tenure with the Boston Celtics that concluded with a four-month stint as interim head coach in 2003-04. Before joining the NBA, Carroll spent six years as head coach at Duquesne University and seven years at Seton Hall as an assistant to head coach P.J. Carlesimo.