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June 3, 2008
Few players able to produce '20 & 10'
Coaches often refer to certain players as "20-and-10" guys, but perhaps they should be more cautious when using that term.
Rivals.com researched all 73 schools in the "Big Six" conferences and found that only 10 players from those programs have averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a single season over the past 10 years.
Three joined the elusive 20-10 club this past season: Kansas State's Michael Beasley (26.2 ppg, 12.4 rpg), North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (22.6 ppg, 10.2 rpg) and Notre Dame's Luke Harangody (20.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg). No player this decade has posted back-to-back 20-and-10 seasons.
Just averaging a double-double has proven to be difficult. Only 31 "Big Six" schools have had a player average at least 10 points and 10 rebounds in a single season. Barely half the "Big Six" teams 37 of 73 (50.6 percent) have had a player who averaged 20 points in a season since 1998-99, and even less 31 of 73 (42.4 percent) have had a player average 10 rebounds in a season.
A quick look at the numbers proved interesting. Some examples:
Michigan State hasn't had a player average 20 points or 10 rebounds in the past 10 seasons. The Spartans have been to four Final Fours in that span.
North Carolina is the only school to have three players average 20-plus points in a season over the past 10 years. Joseph Forte averaged 20.9 points in 2000-01, Rashad McCants averaged 20 in 2003-04 and Hansbrough averaged 22.6 this past season.
Texas' Damion James averaged 13.2 points and 10.2 rebounds this past season, giving the Longhorns four players who have averaged a double-double since 1998-99, the most of any school. The other three are Kevin Durant, Chris Mihm and James Thomas. Kansas (Drew Gooden, Nick Collison and Wayne Simien) and Notre Dame (Harangody, Ryan Humphries and Troy Murphy) are tied for second with three apiece.
Duke is the only school to have two players break the 20-point barrier twice (Jason Williams and J.J. Redick) in the past 10 seasons.
Here are some of the more interesting findings in each conference, going off current league alignments:
Only five ACC players have averaged a double-double in the past 10 years. The list is composed of Hansbrough, Duke's Shelden Williams (twice), Georgia Tech's Alvin Jones, North Carolina's Sean May and Virginia's Travis Watson.
Former Boston College guard Troy Bell is the only player from any of the Big Six conferences to average 20-plus points in three seasons since 1999. Bell averaged 20.4 in 2000-01, 21.6 in 2001-02 and 25.2 in 2002-03. All of those seasons came in the Big East; the Eagles did not join the ACC until 2005-06.
Twelve of the 16 Big East schools (75 percent) have had at least one 20-point scorer in the past 10 years, the best percentage of any of the "Big Six" conferences. Five have had two players average 20-plus points (Connecticut, Notre Dame, St. John's, Syracuse and Villanova).
Nine of the 16 Big East schools (56.2 percent) have had a player average a double-double, also the best percentage of the "Big Six" conferences.
Four Big East players (Georgetown's Mike Sweetney, Notre Dame's Harangody and Troy Murphy and Syracuse's Carmelo Anthony) have averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds since 1999, the most of any conference.
South Florida's Kentrell Gransberry became just the third Big East player to average a double-double for a second season since 1999 when he averaged 16.0 points and 10.8 rebounds this past season. The others are Sweetney and Connecticut's Emeka Okafor.
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin have not produced a player who has averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds or a double-double since 1999. Those schools have combined for 33 NCAA Tournament appearances and six Final Fours in that time.
Minnesota is the only Big Ten school with two players who have averaged 20 points in a single season in the past 10 years (Kris Humphries and Quincy Lewis).
This past season, D.J. White (17.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg) became the first Indiana player to average a double-double since Allan Henderson (17.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg) in 1993-94.
The Big 12 has produced 12 players who have averaged a double-double in the past 10 years, the most of any of the "Big Six" leagues.
Beasley became the first Kansas State player to average double-digits in rebounds in 37 years this past season. David Hall averaged 10.9 rebounds a game in 1970-71.
The Pac-10 has had three players average a double-double since 1999, and it has happened during the past three seasons (California's Leon Powe in 2005-06 and UCLA's Kevin Love and Washington's Jon Brockman in 2007-08).
Tennessee and Vanderbilt are the only league schools to have a player average 20 points since 1999, the lowest number among the "Big Six" conferences. Each had two players do it, Tennessee with Ron Slay and Chris Lofton and Vanderbilt with Dan Langhi and Shan Foster.
Neither Florida nor Kentucky has had a player average 20 points, 10 rebounds or a double-double in a season since 1999. One of those schools has either shared or won the SEC East in seven of the past 10 seasons.
Six players have averaged at least 20 points in at least two seasons since 1999: Arizona State's Diogu, Boston College's Bell, Duke's Williams and Redick, Notre Dame's Murphy and St. John's Marcus Hatten.
Five players have averaged a double-double in two separate seasons since 1999: Baylor/Mississippi State's Roberts, Connecticut's Okafor, Duke's Williams, Georgetown's Sweetney and USF's Gransberry.
Andrew Skwara is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.