Joel Huerto is managing editor of One Man Fastbreak.net and a sports consultant with Opposing Views.com. He has been a member of the sports media for almost 20 years, which included nine years as a news editor at the Los Angeles Times. He will cover a variety of topics, from coach and player profiles to hot-button issues. Joel is also known as "maniLA ice" for his cool demeanor in the friendly confines of the YMCA hardwood. He loves to shoot the "tear drop" and prefers to play zone to hide his deficiencies on defense.
Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet recently has been getting some serious attention now that the Huskies are No. 1 in the polls and his last two games were showcased under the bright lights of the Worldwide Leader.
But before we crown the 7-foot-3 junior center as The Next Big Thing, it should be noted that the 21-year-old from Tanzania does not have much in the way of competition. And as much as Thabeet has improved by leaps and bounds this season — his 13 points and 10 rebounds are up from a season ago — he is still considered very raw. He's good with the potential to be great, but far, far from being dominant.