Wednesday, February 8, 2012

So Much Knowledge In Jon Rothstein

For comparisons to past greats, there's no one better than college basketball insider Jon Rothstein. (Photo courtesy of CBS News)

If you're a college basketball fan; no matter how rabid or casual, you've definitely seen the following, either in his online blogs or on Twitter:

So much (insert player name here) in... (insert player name here)

These player comparisons have become the calling card of college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, whose work for the CBS Sports Network and WFAN in New York finds him observing nearly every Division I program in the nation. Not bad for someone who was an update anchor at WEPN (1050 AM) in New York just a couple of years ago.

When I interviewed Rothstein last month for my halftime show during St. Francis' most recent collision with Wagner, I made sure to ask him about one of the two things (along with Phil Rizzuto-esque shoutouts to various restaurants such as Sutton Pizza on Manhattan's Upper East Side and Angelo's on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, which he describes as "off the charts") that have made him a de facto celebrity in the college hoops community. Rothstein informed me that through talking to scouts and coaches on an everyday basis, he was able to get a feel for certain players; which combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of the game, creates his exceptional gift of relating today's game to the casual fan who does not necessarily have a barometer for how his or her favorite players may translate to the next level. However, while some players can be correlated right away; not everyone has a match, as there are some out there who need multiple viewings to be accurately compared.

Below are some of the many comparisons that Rothstein has tweeted this season; an unofficial sign that a player has "made it" to some degree, and there will certainly be more in the days and weeks to come leading up to the Final Four in New Orleans. Did your favorite player make the cut? Take a look here.

"So much __________ in __________"

Jamal Mashburn in Jayvaughn Pinkston
Detlef Schrempf in Kyle Wiltjer
Marcus Camby in Anthony Davis
Gerald Wallace in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Wilson Chandler in Cleveland Melvin (and Tony Mitchell)
Clint McDaniel in Marcus Denmon
J.T. Tiller in Matt Pressey
Dan Majerle in Kyle Kuric
Oliver Miller in Reggie Johnson
Denis Clemente in Shane Larkin
Rashad Bishop in LaDontae Henton
Mario Chalmers and Russell Robinson in Tyshawn Taylor
Antonio Davis in Thomas Robinson
Bison Dele (Brian Williams) in Fab Melo
Dwyane Wade in Dion Waiters
Ed O'Bannon in C.J. Fair
Jason Caffey and Scott Williams in Otto Porter
Hamady Ndiaye in Naofall Folahan
Sherron Collins in Velton Jones
Salim Stoudamire in D'Angelo Harrison
Damon Jones in Chris Crawford
Kelvin Torbert and Alan Anderson in Branden Dawson
Luther Head in Brandon Paul
Dante Cunningham in Ricardo Ratliffe
Tyrese Rice in Jabarie Hinds
Eric Maynor in Trey Burke
Russell Carter in Jerian Grant
Chris Childs in Eric Atkins
Antonio Pena in Brandon Davies
Mike Nardi in Dave Sobolewski
Brandon Mouton in Darius Miller
Todd Burgan in Rodney Hood
Steven Hunter in Baye Keita
Rudy Gay in Moe Harkless
Demarre Carroll in Jae Crowder
Dwayne Anderson in James Bell
Renaldo Balkman in Will Yeguete
Eric Hicks in Murphy Holloway
Brian Boddicker in Erik Murphy
Marcus Williams in Kendall Marshall
Lynn Greer in Terrell Stoglin
Jerome Jordan in Kodi Maduka
Sharaud Curry in Myles Mack
Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Matt Geiger in Kenny Frease
Nazr Mohammed in Mouphtaou Yarou (and Gorgui Dieng)
Charles Oakley in Herb Pope
Carl Landry in Draymond Green
Nate Robinson in Pierre Jackson
Brent Wright in Jordan Morgan
Teddy Dupay (left-handed version) in Zack Novak
Allan Houston in John Jenkins
Jeff Foster in Jeff Withey
Lawrence Moten in Kris Joseph
Erick Dampier in Yancy Gates
Richard Jefferson in Jeffery Taylor
Josh Harrellson in Jack Cooley
Theo Ratliff in Darrius Garrett
Robert Mitchell in Mike Poole
Trenton Hassell in Jabril Trawick
Eric Eberz in Kyle Smyth
Rashad Anderson in Sean Armand (and Andre Dawkins)
Gary Trent in Mike Glover
Makhtar Ndiaye in Moussa Gueye
Aaron Brooks in Joe Jackson
Reece Gaines in Sean Kilpatrick
Keon Clark in Bernard James
Ebi Ere in Eli Carter
Terrence Roberts in Derrick Randall
Brandon Bowman in Hollis Thompson
Brian Scalabrine in Nate Lubick
Josh Lomers in Jon Kreft
Eugene Edgerson in Jesse Perry
Craig Ehlo in Deividas Dulkys
Tim Hardaway in Maalik Wayns
Rashad McCants in Chris Allen
Greivis Vasquez in Nick Johnson
Pepe Sanchez in Scott Machado
Jonathan Mitchell in Jonathon Williams
Dwight Hardy and Alex Dillard in Jermel Jenkins
Richard Hamilton in Jeremy Lamb
Julian Wright in Quincy Miller
Andrew Bynum in Andre Drummond
Cuttino Mobley in Darius Johnson-Odom
Jimmy Butler in Brandon Mobley
Taquan Dean in Aaron Cosby
Alex Ruoff in Scott Christopherson
Charles Barkley in Royce White
Corliss Williamson in Chane Behanan
Udonis Haslem in Thomas Gipson
Steve Blake in Will Spradling
Toby Bailey in Rodney McGruder
Trajan Langdon in Chace Stanback
Ryan Wittman in Pat Connaughton
Julius Hodge in Dorian Finney-Smith
Charlie Bell in Keith Appling
Keon Lawrence in Briante Weber
Tyler Smith in Juvonte Reddic
Danny Green in Damion Lee
Eddy Curry (2006-07 version) in Joshua Smith
Jackie Manuel in Kim English
Levon Kendall (better shooting version) in David Wear
Joakim Noah in Kadeem Jack
Hanno Mottola in John Shurna
Corey Beck in Ty Johnson
Gerald Wilkins in Victor Oladipo
Vinnie Johnson in J'Covan Brown
Lee Humphrey in Brady Heslip
Chucky Atkins in Jordan Theodore
J.J. Barea in Angel Rodriguez
Troy Hudson in Dee Bost
Randall Hanke in Ryan Olander
Stacey Augmon in Amir Garrett
Charles O'Bannon in Kent Bazemore
Kalin Lucas in Jerome Seagears
Darrel Mitchell in Anthony Collins
Sean Elliott in Harrison Barnes
Tim Duncan (poor man's version) in Andrew Nicholson
Lavoy Allen in Keith Wright
Germain Mopa-Djila (Vermont 2005) in Steve Moundou-Missi
Josh Howard in Will Barton
Andre Barrett in Peyton Siva
Hilton Armstrong in John Henson
Sam Cassell in Shabazz Napier
Lamar Odom in Terrence Jones
Brandon Mouton in Darius Miller
Dan Dickau in Matthew Dellavedova
Earl Watson in Phil Greene
Jamar Butler in Gary Browne
Roy Hibbert in Henry Sims
Ronald Moore in Jason Brickman
Troy Murphy in Tyler Olander
Demetris Nichols in James Southerland
Loren Woods in C.J. Aiken
Shawn Taggart in Raphael Putney
Ray Allen in Bradley Beal
Trevor Ariza in Andre Roberson
Scotty Thurman in P.J. Hairston
Dion Dixon in Derrick Gordon
Randolph Childress in Isaiah Canaan
Sean May in Jared Sullinger
Jason Richardson (extremely poor man's version) in Doug Anderson
Eugene Edgerson in Ed Daniel
Khalid El-Amin in Junior Cadougan
Robert Horry in Christian Watford
Bobby Jackson in Russ Smith
Michael Doleac (poor man's version) in Rob Loe
Mark Madsen in Brian Conklin
Justin Gray in Kwamain Mitchell
Adonis Jordan in Jordan Taylor
Anthony Mason (better shooting version) in Deshaun Thomas
John Starks in Todd Mayo
Rik Smits in Tyler Zeller
Bo Outlaw in Quincy Acy
Travis Diener in Jordan Hulls
J.R. Smith in Terrence Ross
Brandon Rush in Wayne Blackshear
Willie Anderson in William Buford
Brian Davis in Travis Releford


  1. when he says "Marcus Camby in Anthony Davis" does he mean on the court talent or under the table cash & agents?

  2. Knowing Jon as well as I do, he definitely means on-court talent.