That Maury Hanks, he's a pretty smart guy.
Hanks coached the EA Sports touring team that played six exhibition games this season. Last week, Hanks gave CBS SportsLine.com an unofficial "all tour" team featuring the best players he saw.
You'll recognize most of the names. One of them you won't. But he's a smart guy, Maury Hanks. You'll see in a minute. Glen Davis, LSU:
The sophomore center had 20 points and eight rebounds in the Tigers' 74-54 victory against EA Sports. Nate Funk, Creighton:
The senior guard had 18 points in Creighton's 74-67 win. Curtis Stinson, Iowa State:
Hanks knows Stinson was better than his 3-for-17 shooting in the Cyclones' 64-57 loss to EA Sports. Randall Hanke, Providence:
The sophomore center had 15 points, four rebounds and one block in the Friars' 77-75 win. Tyrus Thomas, LSU:
Who? Exactly. Thomas is a 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman who arrived last season with no fanfare but caught Hanks' eye in LSU's exhibition win by putting up 13 points and five rebounds.
That was no fluke. In LSU's season-opening win against Southern, Thomas had 18 points and eight rebounds. Hanks was right. Let it be noted.
As a side note, EA Sports also won at Utah State, where the Aggies have lost just nine times in the past nine years.