Brad Karp, Roosevelt Green driving St. Xavier
BY JOHN GROCHOWSKI For Sun-Times Media December 26, 2012 10:40PM
Updated: January 28, 2013 3:54PM
December has been kind to the St. Xavier basketball team. The Cougars are 7-0 this month as they head into a two-day tournament in Westmont, Calif., starting Friday against Westminster of Salt Lake City.
Brad Karp, a 6-5 junior guard who earned NAIA All-America honors last season, has come up big again. In four games in five days last week, he totaled 92 points, 45 rebounds and 14 steals and was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week. He also earned MVP honors in the St. Xavier Midwest Tournament, in which the Cougars (11-3, 8-2 CCAC) whipped Robert Morris 80-66, St. Ambrose 80-54 and Marian 61-57. Karp, point guard Roosevelt Green and guard Jack Krieger were all-tournament selections.
‘‘The first thing I’m going to say about Brad Karp is he’s a better kid than he is a player,’’ St. Xavier coach Tom O’Malley said. ‘‘He’s an All-American player, and he’s an all-American kid, too. He has a 4-point grade-point average, all A’s this semester. He works very hard. He’s a guy who just doesn’t give up. He continues to drive himself to do better and better. He makes mistakes, but . . . he comes right back and does something real good.’’
For the season, Karp is averaging 22.6 points. Krieger (15.4 ppg), Anthony Grant (11.9), Green (11.6) and Dominique Harvey (11.6) join him with double-figure averages. It’s Green who distributes the ball, averaging 8.2 assists. The Cougars’ career leader with 518 assists, the 5-9 Green is a returning All-CCAC selection.
‘‘Roosevelt Green has been a four-year point guard for us who has basically been a starter for three years and played some as a freshman,’’ O’Malley said. ‘‘If you look at him, you probably think he’s not a basketball player. But he does a lot of quick things and good things for us, and he’s got a dynamite little body that explodes into people.’’
Back in action
Lewis, the only NCAA Division II school in the Chicago area, hasn’t played since a 65-38 romp Dec. 19 over Judson. The Flyers (5-2) return to the court Sunday against Northern Michigan in their final nonconference game before starting Great Lakes Valley play Jan. 3 against Drury in Springfield, Mo.
Ryan Jackson, a 6-2 sophomore, has led Lewis, averaging 17.9 points. He was named the GLVC freshman of the year last season.
Also getting back in
action is North Central, which is ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III by D3Hoops.com. The Cardinals (9-0), who received one first-place vote in the latest poll, take on No. 10 Ramapo on Friday in the D3Hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas.