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Future Game Changers
Dan Greene
November 12, 2012
Below the radar, in towns not often associated with March Madness, three players are ready to make outsized contributions that could shape their schools' destinies—and their own
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November 12, 2012

Future Game Changers

Below the radar, in towns not often associated with March Madness, three players are ready to make outsized contributions that could shape their schools' destinies—and their own

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JACKIE CARMICHAEL

6'9" Sr. PF Illinois State

The Skinny

When Carmichael earned one of 45 spots at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas in July, he knew scouts would be less familiar with his game than those of Big 12 defensive player of the year Jeff Withey of Kansas or first-team All-America Doug McDermott of Creighton. It didn't take long, however, for Carmichael to earn a name for himself. He displayed the same blend of athleticism and relentless aggression that helped him average 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds for a team that narrowly missed winning the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic NCAA tournament bid last March. Says Carmichael, "People said I played with a chip on my shoulder."

Key Numbers

Last season Carmichael grabbed an MVC-leading 28.8% of available defensive rebounds, which also ranked fifth in the nation. His board work is getting better and better: He snatched 16.1% as a freshman and 21.8% as a sophomore. "I've always had a knack for it," he says, "but it's definitely been evolving."

Scout's Take

"I'll be honest, he didn't even register on our radar until the LeBron camp. Now he's someone that we have to watch; not a lock to be drafted but a definite prospect."

Dan Greene

NATE WOLTERS

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