Big Men Get Good Grades

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Stan Heath gave a nice grade to his new big men Steven Hill, Darian Townes and Charles Thomas after the Paradise Jam.

Hill broke the tournament block record with 10 in three games, Townes averaged 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and shot 4 of 7 from the field after rushing his shot in the exhibition games.

Thomas was an enthusiasm infusion off the bench, averaging 7.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

"I'd give them a B," Heath said. "Sometimes when they play defense, they're awesome. Sometimes they tend to relax and give up post position too easy. Offensively, it's a little of both. Sometimes they're not getting enough touches, sometimes they have to be more patient and go to the moves they've been taught."

Heath was particularly pleased with the effort he saw.

"I'm watching Steven Hill dive on the floor (with Arkansas) up by 18 and I'm getting chills down my spine," he said.


In a land where the lifestyle is so laid-back and stress free, it was even more disconcerting to see the brawls between the Indiana Pacers and the fans in Detroit and the ugly display between South Carolina and Clemson on the football field the very next day.

It was refreshing to be even briefly in a place where the people watch out for each other, greet everyone with a "Good morning", "Good afternoon", or "Good evening" instead of a blank stare and use the car horn as a way of saying "Thank you" or "Go ahead" rather than as an accompaniment to an obscene gesture.

Manners, which seem to be more and more scarce in our me-first culture, are a source of pride for the people of the beautiful Virgin Islands.

That couldn't have been more clear to me as I landed as I was greeted by George Ethredge, a boat captain who has become good friends with my girlfriend, Holland, and her parents David and Linda.

George drove me around the island and up to Paradise Point, where he bought me a Corona and pointed out some of the 20-some islands within view from the amazing overlook.

He and fellow jack of all boat trades Benjy Schwartz took me in like an old friend and showed me a great time on a couple different vessels, one a 58-foot yacht named Maverick.

While George scrubbed the bottom of the boat, I snorkeled around the bay at Buck Island, more than five miles from St. Thomas, and Benjy tossed some bread crumbs in the water, creating a swarm of dozens of yellow tail snapper racing around me for the tasty bites.

The whole experience was awesome and I highly recommend George and Benjy to anyone contemplating a trip to the islands during the winter season or whenever the mood suits you.

These two are the best and can tailor a package for whatever you'd like from sightseeing to diving to deep sea fishing.

Call Triton Charters at 1-800-737-7311 for more information or e-mail George at or Benjy at

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