The topic turned to Pistons rookie center Greg Monroe on Wednesday night.

That was understandable, since Monroe was picked Tuesday to represent the Pistons in the rookie-sophomore game on Feb. 18 during All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

Pistons coach John Kuester was asked for a comparison, and a certain Memphis Grizzlies standout and former Spartan came to mind.

"He sort of reminds you of Zach Randolph in regards to they're different players in certain ways," Kuester said before Wednesday's game against the Bobcats at the Palace. "But one of the things I've always admired about Zach is he's not a high flyer, but he is someone who plays and pursues the basketball.

"That's one of the things about Greg; he's taller, but he pursues the basketball on a consistent basis, and that's one of the reasons that before you can blink an eye, he has 17 rebounds."

The honor came on the heels of the 6-foot-11 Monroe's 15-point, 17-rebound outing in Sunday night's loss at the Knicks. Monroe did a good job of pursuing rebounds and beating the Knicks to loose balls.