Dan Gadzuric To Participate In Star-Studded 'Chat Madness'
Oct. 11, 2001
LOS ANGELES - Get ready for Midnight Madness with 'Chat Madness'! ESPN.com's 2001-02 Season Preview begins on Friday, October 12, with an in-depth look at Duke's chances to repeat, ESPN.com's Preseason Top 25 and a star-studded chat lineup of players from their top 25 teams.
Included in that chat lineup is UCLA standout Dan Gadzuric, who will be chatting at 11:40 a.m. PT. One of the top returning post players in the nation, Gadzuric has the potential to be one of the most dominating big men in the country.
As a junior last season, Gadzuric started 29 of 32 games and averaged 26.9 minutes and 11.7 points (No. 3 on the team). He led UCLA in field goal percentage (53.4, No. 8 in Pac-10 stats), rebounding (8.6, No. 2 in Pac-10 stats) and blocked shots (1.9, No. 3 in the Pac-10), and had a team-high 11 double-doubles.
While Gadzuric will not be chatting until 11:40 a.m. PT on Friday, feel free to Oklahoma State's Maurice Baker -- 10:00 a.m. PT Boston College's Troy Bell -- 10:20 a.m. PT Oklahoma's Aaron McGhee -- 10:40 a.m. PT Virginia's Chris Williams -- 11:00 a.m. PT Duke's Jason Williams -- 11:20 a.m. PT UCLA's Dan Gadzuric -- 11:40 a.m. PT Illinois' Frank Williams -- 12:00 p.m. PT USC's Sam Clancy -- 12:20 p.m. PT Kansas' Kirk Hinrich - 12:40 p.m. PT
Complete 'Chat Madness' Lineup
Baker led the squad last season in scoring, assists, steals, and three-point shooting, while finishing second in rebounding. The 6'1' senior guard hopes to help his team to better their 19 wins from last season and return to the NCAA Tournament.
The reigning Big East Player of the Year is the league's top returning scorer with a 20.4 average. Bell helped lead the Eagles to a 13-3 record last season and into the second round of the NCAA's. While Boston College took some people by surprise last season, all eyes will be on the 6'1' junior with playmaking skills.
After winning the Big 12 Tournament last season, the Sooners welcome back McGhee, a 6'8' senior, who averaged 12.9 points last season and 4.8 rebounds. He also hit 22 three-pointers. McGhee may not be a household name, but his strong play inside will keep Oklahoma in the hunt.
The 6'7' junior forward could be the best kept secret in the nation. An interior scorer with mid-range skills, Williams averaged 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season. He returns to a Cavalier squad that could be one of the fastest teams in the nation.
He gave up being the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to come back to the Blue Devils and lead the charge for a second straight national championship. The 6'2' junior averaged 21.6 points and 6.1 assists per game last season, and hit 42.7 percent of his three's. With Shane Battier gone, Williams will also take on even more of a leadership role on the team.
The 6'3' junior guard can do it all, and he will be asked to by Illinois this season. His leadership abilities, combined with his 14.9 points and 4.4 assists per game will be key in propelling Illinois to the Big Ten title and a shot at the Final Four.
At 6'7', 240, this power forward is quickly becoming one of the most dominant big men in the Pac-10. Last season, as a junior, Clancy led USC in scoring (17.3), rebounding (7.5), field goal percentage (.501) and blocked shots (81), and will be a vital part of the Trojans' run through March Madness.
The 6'3' junior guard averaged seven assists a game last season and shot 50.5 percent from the three-point line. He will run the offense for this young Jayhawk squad looking to improve on last season's 26-7 record.
Oklahoma State's Maurice Baker -- 10:00 a.m. PT
Boston College's Troy Bell -- 10:20 a.m. PT
Oklahoma's Aaron McGhee -- 10:40 a.m. PT
Virginia's Chris Williams -- 11:00 a.m. PT
Duke's Jason Williams -- 11:20 a.m. PT
UCLA's Dan Gadzuric -- 11:40 a.m. PT
Illinois' Frank Williams -- 12:00 p.m. PT
USC's Sam Clancy -- 12:20 p.m. PT
Kansas' Kirk Hinrich - 12:40 p.m. PT