September 17, 1999 Stephon Marbury, who is entering his contract year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, makes his home in Atlanta, not his native New York.
He can often be found doing local charity work, and he has joined a local church. He can also be found playing pickup basketball games at Tech.
One of the players Marbury has played with in pickup basketball games is Shaun Fein, a Division II star at Stonehill (Mass.) College. Fein, a 6-3 shooting guard, is a friend of Tech forward Jon Babul.
Cremins had some interest and called Marbury about Fein, a Division II third-team All-American.
"Is he good enough for our league?" Cremins asked Marbury.
"Coach," Marbury said, "he's good enough for my league." That might be a little strong, but former Tech guard Drew Barry also recommended Fein to Cremins. The coach offered Fein a scholarship, and the player accepted during a July visit to the Tech campus.
Fein, who averaged 19.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game last season, won't be eligible for a year, so the timing might be just right. Dion Glover, Tech's starting off guard, figures to have at least one more season in college before he finally has to scratch the itch and try for the NBA. Glover has some work to do before he is an NBA-caliber guard his ballhandling and outside shot come quickly to mind but he's made it clear he probably won't come back for his junior year. Still, considering the way Marbury describes Fein, the transfer will find some room on the court, even if Glover stays two more years.
Babul, meanwhile, looks fit to jump right into the Tech starting lineup. A suspect ACC player who looked like he was in over his head as a freshman, Babul is stronger, more confident and more offensive-minded after a redshirt season following an injury. The 6-5 small forward will battle Jason Floyd for a starting spot.
Tech's 1998-99 starting lineup should be Akins at the point, Glover at shooting guard, Babul or Floyd at small forward, Jason Collier at big forward (in mid-December) and Alvin Jones at center. Not bad, eh?