After Michael Adams graduated and went on to the NBA last spring, Coach Gary Williams found his Boston College team had no experienced point guards.
He felt that rising sophomore Jamie Benton and incoming freshman Dana Barros weren't ready, but then thought of someone who could help: Doug Flutie.
"Doug loves basketball and he's a pretty good little player," Williams said of the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner whose football career with the New Jersey Generals is in limbo along with the rest of the USFL. "He and I talked about him playing for us while he finished up getting his degree, and he liked the idea. It might have been fun."
Donald Trump didn't think so. Trump, the owner of the Generals and the man who made Flutie a millionaire, didn't like the idea of his 5-foot-9 General playing floor general for Williams and nixed the idea.
Flutie might not have been the best point guard in history, but he certainly would have been one of the most publicized. And, what kind of a player is Flutie?
"He is," Williams said with a laugh, "a very good passer."
Former Georgetown player Anthony Jones helped beat Maryland by scoring the tying basket at the end of regulation in Nevada Las-Vegas' 64-63 overtime victory Saturday night at Cole Field House.
Two years ago, he moved from Georgetown to UNLV, where he now is a fifth-year senior, remaining in college while his former classmates Patrick Ewing and Billy Martin have gone on to the pros.
Although John Thompson's teams haven't played Maryland and Coach Charles G. Driesell for five years, in an indirect way Thompson ended up giving Driesell a major headache early in the season, courtesy of Jones.
Speaking of Driesell, Billy Packer did a halftime feature Saturday on great players in the 6-8 height range, which this season includes the best players in the country. Packer rated Kentucky's Kenny Walker ahead of Maryland's Len Bias, although Bias is more versatile and able to go outside when denied the ball inside -- something Walker proved incapable of Saturday against Indiana.
More on Kentucky's 63-58 victory over Indiana: Hoosiers Coach Bob Knight was unhappy with the NCAA for suspending guard Steve Alford for posing for a sorority calendar that was sold to raise money for charity.
He directed some of his frustration at oft-penalized, oft-investigated (including right now) Kentucky. During the pregame show, when Kentucky's play-by-play man asked Knight about the special nature of the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry, Knight replied: "This game, because of all that's transpired in recruiting over the years and all the crap that's gone on down here, isn't nearly as special to me as you might think."
Of the NCAA's ruling on Alford, Knight said, "A rule was violated. We had hoped the NCAA would look at our record over the years in terms of following the rules and at the fact that we turned this in. They have to live with their decision."
A freshman to watch is Louisville's Purvis Ellison. Just under 6-9 last year, he is now 6-10 1/2 and blessed with a soft jump shot. By March, he (and Louisville) will be a force. And next year, when 7-0 Felton Spenser enrolls to play center, Ellison probably will be a super power forward . . .
Stat of the week: In his last five games, Duke's junior point guard, Tommy Amaker, has 32 assists -- including 13 against Virginia Saturday -- and three turnovers. He is from W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax . . .
Local victory of the week: George Washington's 83-77 victory over previously unbeaten Jacksonville. It is rookie Coach John Kuester's first significant victory . . .
Coach George Raveling, formerly an assistant at Maryland, is catching some heat, especially after Iowa was upset Friday in the opening round of its tournament by Arkansas State. Raveling, in his third year at Iowa, was 21-11 last year, but much of that record was due to a weak nonconference schedule.
Cynics have tried to impugn the integrity of Indiana's upset of Notre Dame last week, claiming that playing at home made the Hoosiers slight favorites. Indiana hadn't beaten a good team for a year and both coaches agreed Notre Dame was the favorite going in. Anyway, at 1-2, The Upset Pick needs all the help it can get. This week: Tennessee, beaten by 35 by Michigan a week ago, rebounds to shock Illinois. Now that will be an upset.