Rothstein Files: 68 New Year’s Wishes For College Hoops In 2013

By Jon Rothstein
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To Kentucky’s John Calipari: More performances from your team like the one we saw Saturday in the second half against Louisville.

To every Athletic Director in America: An end to realignment as soon as it’s humanly possible.

To Arizona’s Solomon Hill: To do for the Wildcats what Draymond Green did for Michigan State last year.

To Oklahoma State’s Travis Ford: An entire conference season with no injuries.

To Maryland freshman power forward Charles Mitchell: An everyday work ethic that will make you one of the best first-year players in the ACC.

To George Mason’s Paul Hewitt: Better guard play.

To VCU’s Shaka Smart: Another chance to go to the NCAA Tournament’s second weekend, just like the Rams had last year before falling short to Indiana.

To Kansas’ Bill Self: More players who develop their games as well as Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey.

To Oregon State’s Craig Robinson: A consistent Ahmad Starks.

To Iona’s David Laury: An intense conditioning program so that the entire country will see the new look Gaels come March.

To Rutgers’ Mike Rice: Nine Big East wins and a postseason berth.

To Oregon’s freshmen guards Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson: Enough poise in the PAC-12 so the Ducks can return to the NCAA Tournament.

To Butler’s Roosevelt Jones: More games like he had a few weeks ago against Indiana, giving credence to the notion that he’s one of the more unique players in the sport.

To UCLA’s Larry Drew: The hope that people give you credit for the point guard you are now, not the one you weren’t at North Carolina.

To San Diego State’s James Rahon: The three-point accuracy you displayed during the 2010-11 season.

To Robert Morris’ Andy Toole: An NEC tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

To Loyola’s Jimmy Patsos: Another deep March run in the Greyhounds’ last season in the MAAC.

To Arkansas’ BJ Young: More trust in your teammates.

To Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard: A healthy front court.

To Florida’s Billy Donovan: One more win than you’ve had the past two seasons and a return to the Final Four.

To Saint Joseph’s guard Langston Galloway: Recognition for what he is, the best player in the Atlantic 10.

To Rhode Island’s Danny Hurley: Patience.Your second season with the Rams is certain to be better than your first.

To the Saint Louis Billikens: A return to the NCAA Tournament in memory of the great Rick Majerus.

To Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin: 20 more pounds.

To Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg: More players who have a work ethic like Tyrus McGee.

To Indiana’s Victor Oladipo: A reliable jumper so you can enjoy a Gerald Wilkins like career in the NBA.

To Ole Miss’ Andy Kennedy: The NCAA Tournament.

To UConn’s DeAndre Daniels: A strong Big East season on the backboards.

To UNLV coach Dave Rice: A true floor general.

To Manhattan’s Steve Masiello: A healthy George Beamon.

To Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes: The return of Jeronne Maymon.

To Colorado freshman wing Xavier Johnson: A breakout first-year in the PAC-12.

To Cal’s Allen Crabbe: More national recognition.

To Lehigh and Bucknell: A second bid to the NCAA Tournament for the Patriot League, since only one of these schools will likely go to the field of 68.

To Stanford’s Josh Huestis: An entire PAC-12 slate of double-doubles.

To Texas’ Rick Barnes: A magical return by Myck Kabongo.

To Drexel’s Bruiser Flint: Just a few perfect days during the CAA Tournament in March.

To Harvard freshman point guard Siyani Chambers: A consistent jump shot so the Crimson can reach the field of 68 for the second time in as many seasons.

To Louisville’s Chane Behanan: To continue playing at the level you have the past two weeks.

To Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin: A fourth scorer to go with Cashmere Wright, Sean Kilpatrick, and JaQuon Parker.

To Miami’s Reggie Johnson: A speedy recovery so the Hurricanes could be at full strength for once in the Jim Larranaga era.

To St. John’s freshman center Chris Obekpa: A low post game.

To Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas: A running mate.

To Penn State’s Tim Frazier: A great bounce back season in 13-14 after suffering a torn achilles earlier this year.

To Auburn’s Tony Barbee: More performances from his team like we saw last Saturday against Illinois.

To La Salle’s John Giannini: The chance to compete for an Atlantic 10 title.

To Davidson’s Bob McKillop: Another memorable March run that was half as good as what we saw in 2008.

To USC’s Kevin O’Neill: Just a little bit of luck.

To Fordham’s Tom Pecora: A more manageable non-conference schedule for next season.

To Charlotte’s Alan Major: Enough offense to remain competitive in the Atlantic 10.

To St. Peter’s University: Realization of just how damn good a basketball coach John Dunne is.

To Detroit’s Doug Anderson: As many more highlight reel dunks as you can produce.

To Kansas State’s Jordan Henriquez: Consistency.

To Providence freshman guard Kris Dunn: To play the game at a slightly slower pace so you’re an All-Big East player as a sophomore.

To DePaul’s Oliver Purnell: A third option behind Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young.

To Georgetown’s John Thompson III: A return to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

To Villanova’s Jay Wright: A productive transfer year for Dylan Ennis with the hope that the Cats can build around another talented lead guard in 13-14.

To Temple’s Fran Dunphy: A memorable final season in the Atlantic 10.

To NC State’s Mark Gottfried: Lower expectations.

To Michigan State’s Branden Dawson: More minutes at power forward.

To Michigan’s John Beilein: A trip to Atlanta during the first week of April.

To Illinois’ Nnanna Egwu: The grit and toughness it’s going to take for the Illini to compete for a Big Ten title.

To Texas Tech’s Chris Walker: The chance to be a head coach, either with the Red Raiders or somewhere else.

To Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton: An accelerated maturation of his young back court.

To Marquette’s Buzz Williams: The emergence of a go-to-guy.

To Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe: To regain the form you showed two years ago when you were a freshman.

To West Virginia’s Bob Huggins: Another Kevin Jones.

To Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger: A more consistent Amath M’Baye.

What’s your wish for college hoops in 2013? Let us know in the comments…


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