Props to Mike Vega, our distinguished colleague at the Boston Globe for the following question on the off-day before Saturday’s East Regional final between Villanova and Pittsburgh.
With Villanova coach Jay Wright on the dais, joined by five players, Vega asked the following:
This is for each one of you guys, and I’d like you to take the time to maybe think and just give me your quick response to who on the Pitt team, who on Pitt’s team best defines the term straight baller? Who on that team best defines that, each one of you?
DWAYNE ANDERSON: I’m not sure if you can choose one player, that’s why they’re in the position they are.
Q. Choose one. (Vega countered)
DWAYNE ANDERSON: Levance Fields.
SHANE CLARK: I’m going to have to go with Sam Young.
DANTE CUNNINGHAM: (DeJuan) Blair .
REGGIE REDDING: (Jermaine) Dixon.
SCOTTIE REYNOLDS: Whoever is left. It’s (Tyrelle) Biggs, yeah. (Laughter.)
Q. Among the starting lineup, who is the guy that stands above the rest?
DWAYNE ANDERSON: I think probably Levance Fields, as you saw last night. At the end of the game he wants the ball in his hands. And he didn’t score that much in the beginning of the game, but he made other plays on the defensive end. That just shows how great of a player he is. He took that shot when they were only down two. Levance Fields, he’s their motivation, he keeps them going.
Vega also posed the same to Pittsburgh players and here were their answers:
TYRELL BIGGS: Corey Fisher.
JERMAINE DIXON: I would definitely have to say Corey Fisher, too.
DeJUAN BLAIR: I’d say Scottie (Reynolds). He’s the general for their team.
LEVANCE FIELDS: Fisher.
SAM YOUNG: I’ll say Dante (Cunningham), because he plays tough and he’s aggressive. He always does whatever it takes to win.