Team preview: New Orleans
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
Bo McCalebb's burst onto the Sun Belt scene last year as a freshman was as impressive as his burst in the open court. The explosive 6-0 guard, who doubles as a hometown hero in the Big Easy, became the first rookie in Sun Belt Tournament history to be voted MVP.
He led the senior-heavy Privateers in scoring (13.1 ppg), and scored 31 points, including the final eight, in UNO's double-overtime quarterfinal victory against North Texas. That helped New Orleans get within a late spurt of the NCAA Tournament two days later in the championship against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Fourth-year coach Monte Towe said when he signed McCalebb that the program was extremely fortunate. McCalebb, who led the state of Louisiana in scoring his senior year at New Orleans' O.P. Walker High School (31.2 ppg), bypassed the likes of Florida and Oklahoma when he chose to stay home.