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.