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Noel makes unique preseason “best” list

A dollar says you couldn’t read this without saying “wiki-wiki” or “Slim Shady.”

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and a basketball player would be as talented.  But he wouldn’t be as interesting.

Kentucky graduate and Wildcat fan Jacob, of RushedTheCourt.com, took a look yesterday at college basketball’s 50(ish) best names.  Because talking about talent is so yesterday.  And it’s no surprise that Nerlens Noel made the list with his fabulously alliterative moniker.  So not only did he pick up a double-double in his collegiate opener, but he’s also among the elite in the NCAA’s best names.  Pretty solid day for the freshman.

Nerlens may be the highlight, but there are plenty of other interesting, and sometimes hilarious, names out there in the hoops landscape.  Some of the best from the list include:

6. Nerlens Noel — Kentucky — A great player with a great name

1. Peter Jurkin — Indiana — If you don’t understand this, God Bless you.

9. BaeBae Daniels — North Florida — Who’s your Daddy?

10. Daddy Ugbede — Drake  — He’s my BaeBae’s Daddy.

31. Hippolyte Tsafack — Memphis

48. Leek Leek — Campbell

49. Bak Bak — Cal

50. Majok Majok — Ball St

So, Nerlens, Nerlens, wherefore art thou “Nerlens?”  Probably because there’s too much awesome there for a name like “Doug.”  I’d say with that, and the flat top, we have the most recognizable player in college ball this year.  You can keep your Zellers, McDermotts, and Thomases; we’ll keep Mr. Noel.

Don’t think the name is important?  I’ll bet you if God’sgift Achiuwa was named “Trevor Johnston” you’d never hear of him.  A good name can set you apart and make you more noticeable.  Even the book of Proverbs said that “a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches” (22:1).  And that’s in the Bible, y’all.  Thankfully, though, Nerlens won’t have to choose between a great name and riches.  A year from now, he’ll probably have both.

Article written by Corey Nichols

25 Comments for Noel makes unique preseason “best” list



  1. Afghan Cat
    9:07 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I get to work and just find ways to waste time until the 9am post. Every morning I am kicked in the teeth by the worst posts I’ve ever read. They’re ususally poor recaps of someone else’s work, riddled with poor logic, and just plain unreadable.



  2. Bob Sugar
    9:08 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    The meaning of the proverb is the value of a good reputation rather then the phonetic integrity of your literal given name. I would expect such a misunderstanding from a contributer with zero credibility and an abysmal record of lazy, incompetent posts.



  3. BigBlueHaitian
    9:28 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    All-Name-Teams were released a month ago, and Nerlens made a team as well.

    http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/10/15/cbts-unified-college-basketball-all-name-team-part-2/



  4. kill
    9:30 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t “Hippolyte” a girls’ name?



  5. DREWBLUE
    9:31 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Heard Peter Jurkin can really stroke it.



  6. kill
    9:31 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Is “Wannah Bail” from Texas A&M playing anywhere this year?



  7. kill
    9:31 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Texas TECH, excuse me….



  8. Leeroy Jenkins
    9:34 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Where is Kentucky Wesleyan’s Cornbread Walker?

    http://kwcpanthers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1834&path=mbball



  9. GapToothDanny
    9:39 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait to hear Bob Knight say “Peter Jurkins” and collapse from an Anderson Cooper-like giggle fit.



  10. RealCatsFan
    9:48 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Cinci had a guy playing for them several years ago named Jihad Muhammad. I always wondered if he had a tough time getting through airport security.



  11. Parade Crappers
    9:49 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I think there are quite a few of you who like to just crap on parades. What do you want? An essay? It’s 9 in the morning, it’s a required post, and almost nothing ever happens between the last post the night before and this post. Get over it. Don’t read it. Quit crying. I don’t care, just shut up.



  12. RealCatsFan
    9:53 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    #3, they missed WCS for the “All-Hyphen, First Team”.



  13. Rockfield, KY
    9:55 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I like this post Corey. 6. and 8. both should be added to the list.



  14. reedwizard
    9:57 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I owe you a dollar

    wiki-wiki!



  15. RealCatsFan
    10:02 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    What #11 said….



  16. Evil
    10:09 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    11 – aren’t you crying about their crying? If you don’t like it, don’t read the comments. You do care because you took the time to read it and then respond. So quit your belly aching and shut your own mouth. Corey’s posts are known to be just space fillers, so what is wrong with criticism? I guess you only want positive comments and every writer to get a pullitzer. Take your ball and go home, you whiner.



  17. Ugghh
    10:27 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I know people are irritated with those that whine about Corey’s posts, but I must admit, they are absolutely abysmal. The incompetence of the posts are matched only by their absence of wit.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Corey is a discredit to this site. The other writers on this site have made it interesting through wit.

    MATT – Maybe if I use your own cliches against you, you’ll understand: Corey just doesn’t get it. Billy Clyde of KSR.



  18. Steve Fitts
    10:29 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    What about Indiana’s Yogi (“I’m smarter than the average bear”) Farrell?



  19. Marvin
    10:48 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe you linked to a site called rushedthecourt.com. Knockoff.



  20. Duke Sucks
    11:18 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    #5 that wasnt right., but it is funny.



  21. Classical Pianist
    11:59 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    As a classical pianist, Peter Jurkin reminds me of the famous pianist Peter Serkin, haha.



  22. RealCatsFan
    12:18 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    To also jump on the Peter Jurkin parade, the guy might have a bright future in the adult film industry with a name like that.



  23. bluefan
    1:25 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    #5 for the WIN!!



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  25. erniecat
    1:12 am November 3, 2012 Permalink

    #2 it was writen tongue in check,# 17 I love the people here who get it,you are a joke.