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Basketball Future looking bright


Basketball Future looking bright

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Freshmen show Owls' future

Graham, Monroe bring different contributions.

By Ted Hutton
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted February 18 2006

BOCA RATON ? They come from a city where winters are harsh and basketball is king.

And while Florida Atlantic says goodbye to several talented seniors in tonight's final home game, the two freshmen from Philadelphia provide hope for the future.

"In Philly, basketball is number one," said 6-foot-8, 245-pound Carlos Monroe, who was reunited with friend and guard Paul Graham III (6-4, 185) when both decided to come to FAU.

After Thursday night's 93-87 win over East Tennessee State, Graham said the fast-paced game had reminded him of home. "I loved it. It felt like Philly street ball," said the slim, long-armed Graham.

Graham and Monroe have developed as the season has progressed and contributed in different and meaningful ways.

Monroe is a force under the basket and is averaging 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 19.8 minutes.

Graham, who can shoot from outside and also make weaving drives to the basket, is averaging 7.2 points in 15.6 minutes.

Thursday they each played 18 minutes, and Monroe was 4 of 6 and had nine points and five rebounds. Graham scored 12 points, going 4 for 4 from the foul line in the final minute to help preserve the win.

In addition to his shooting, Graham had five assists on excellent passes that set up easy baskets.

"They both have improved a lot," coach Matt Doherty said. "Paul has a real knack for driving to the basket, and his passing was evident last night."

Graham's father, Paul Graham Sr., played for the Atlanta Hawks from 1991-94.

Monroe had to sit out the first 11 games waiting the OK from the NCAA Clearinghouse, and nobody was happier to see him back than senior forward Rodney Webb (6-7, 220), who had been FAU's only big man up to that point.

"I couldn't wait for Carlos. Every day I asked the coaches when he was going to play," said Webb, who flourishes when Monroe is in the game and draws some of the attention away from him.

FAU (12-12, 11-6 in the Atlantic Sun) has three games left in the season beginning with tonight's game against Kennesaw State (12-14, 10-7), and hopes to build on the win over ETSU.

"All these games are important," Graham said.

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Basketball Future looking bright

if you check out scout.com sanchez hugley is rated three star's which is the same as monroe last year.
Where also in the hunt from a seven footer jc guy.

Also, there is a guy from miami-dade who is ranked as the number one jc guy in the country isn't signed/verbal. Were apparently in the hunt for him. Other schools are georgia, minn., aubun. Major schools. If land this guy with jeff parmer who is 6'7" we should have a solid sunbelt team.

Right now if we win the conference tourney where guaranteed the 16th seed on most brackets. I actually hope we get the play in game because everyone watches that game where as the one/sixteen game is just a highlight reel of uconn dunking on us.
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