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Hoopin’ With REESE’S College All-Stars

April 26, 2013

By Chad Smith

Did you ever get the feeling that the rest of the world was made up of Great Danes and you were a dachshund? That’s how I felt talking with the cream of the crop in college basketball – 20 elite seniors selected to play in the REESE’S College All-Star Game.

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I’m talking stand outs like 7-foot-tall center Zeke Marshall from Akron. I learned that he’s not only a winner on the court but is a great paintball player as well. I don’t know where this 250-pound building of a man with 18-inch sneakers hides, but if he says he’s a paintball champion, I’m not going to argue.

So how do the coaches pull together a cohesive, winning team in only a few practices? I got the chance to talk with two legendary coaches, Cuonzo Martin of the University of Tennessee and Fred Hoiberg of Iowa State. The square off between them has special significance because both of them played in the 1995 College All-Star Game.

Hoiberg was even named MVP of the game which I non-so-tactfully reminded Martin.

The coaches told me it doesn’t take a lot of motivation to get these guys playing hard. Some of these guys are going pro so making a good showing is going to turn scouts into believers.

And if you missed this incredible game, Ohio University’s D.J Cooper was named the REESE’S Perfect Player of the Game finishing in double figures and a game-high nine assists.

Speaking of perfection, if you’ve ever wondered if chocolate beats peanut butter in one-on-one game, you’ll have to watch the video for the answer.

Trust me, it’s a buzzer beater.

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