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12/04/2006 06:15:00 PM
The Style Archive
Welcome to The Style Archive, a museum of the out-of-the-ordinary elements in college hoops that has now grown to 44 exhibits. The entries are broken down into four categories: 'Dos (hair), Flair (extra gear), Moves (distinctive play) and Duds (unique jerseys).
Readers are encouraged to made nominations in the comments or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will get credit for successful suggestions. Pictures are welcome.
Without further ado, the Archive (last update March 20):
>> 'Dos <<
Yo, Vanilla! Levon Kendall, 6-10 forward, Sr., Pitt Classification: Retro Vanilla Ice 'do Spotted: Jan. 16 vs. UConn by The Blog Notes: Big ups to Kendall for bringing back the cut worn by Robert Matthew Van Winkle in the early '90s. Kendall is stopping, collaborating and listening on the hardwood (as well as averaging 5.7 points per game).
Fro-girri Sean Ogirri, 6-2 guard, Jr., Wichita State Classification: Messy afro and headband combo Spotted: Nov. 18 at George Mason by The Blog Notes: Ogirri is referred to as "SOFRO" by his brother, Miguel Rodriguez, who also has been known to sport a fake 'fro wig. Rodriguez is currently in the midst of an attempt to see 337 college games in 107 days.
Rooster Hawk Ryan Patzwald, 5-11 guard, Jr., Kansas State Classification: Heavily gelled and dyed mohawk Spotted: Nov. 29 at Cal by The Blog Notes: Patzwald, a former Cincinnati walk-on who resurfaced with Bob Huggins in Manhattan, entered the Wildcats' loss to Cal sporting this 'do after teammate Luis Colon was ejected for punching a Golden Bears defender.
The Chicago Shave Julian Wright and Sherron Collins, Kansas Classification: Shaved-in hair designs Submitted by: Reader Dustin Fox Notes: Collins told us that he and Wright get the head-shaves together to "bring back some Chicago flavor" to Lawrence. Apparently it was a tradition from each of their childhoods back in the Windy City.
Braid Brigade Randal Falker and Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois Classification: Extra-long braid duo Spotted: While tearing up the Valley Notes: Falker, a Photoshop whiz and frontcourt menace, and Tatum, a clutch scorer, form the best braided 1-2 punch in college hoops. The Saluki is the Royal Dog of Egypt, and Falker actually appears Sphinx-like at times.
Dirk's Doppelganger Kyle Wilson, 6-8 forward, Sr., Wichita State Classification: The Nowitzki look Spotted: Jan. 30 at Northern Iowa by the Blog Notes: Wilson grew up in Dallas, not Germany, but bears a strong resemblance to the Mavs' MVP candidate. Also, like Dirk, Wilson is his team's tallest starter, top scorer and highest-percentage 3-point shooter.
Ferrigno 'Fro Bambale Osby, 6-8 forward, Jr., Maryland Classification: Incredible Hulk-like hairdo Spotted: Nov. 28 at Illinois by The Blog Notes: Osby's favorite NBA player, not surprisingly, is the often picked-out Ben Wallace. Osby is already a journeyman, having bounced from New Mexico to Paris (Texas) Junior College before landing in College Park.
Low Hawk Greg Stiemsma, 6-11 center, Jr., Wisconsin Classification: A head-stripe of short hair Spotted: Nov. 28 vs. Florida State by The Blog Notes: Stiemsma and fellow 6-11 junior Brian Butch are the Badgers' twin towers from Northern Wisconsin. Stiemsma, who debuted the 'fro the season, averages 2.0 points in 10.1 minutes off the bench.
Added Length Steven Hill, 7-0 center, Soph., Arkansas Classification:'83 Bill Walton, sans the beard? Spotted: Nov. 26 vs. West Virginia by The Blog Notes: Hill pulls off the long-haired 7-footer thing with much more style than former Central Michigan star Chris Kaman, and he's a stellar shot-blocker. Hill has already swatted 25 shots in seven games this season.
The '90s Bowl Lawrence Hill, 6-8 forward, Soph., Stanford Classification: Classic bowl-shave 'do Submitted: by Gonzaga alum Lawrence Cenotto Notes: Hill, who's stepped up as a sophomore to become the Cardinal's leading scorer (at 16.1 ppg) and rebounder (6.1 rpg), is rocking a look from the early part of the Mike Montogmery Era.
The Rick Fox Curtis Terry, 6-5 G/F, Jr., UNLV Classification: Curly Locks Spotted: vs. Wisconsin in Round 2 Notes: Curtis is the little brother of Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason, and while he wears high, white socks like JT, he has apparently chosen to model his hair after the infamous recruiting host from Tech U.
Memphis Mesa Andre Allen, 5-10 G, Jr., Memphis Classification: Mohawk-ish crop of hair Spotted: vs. Nevada in Round 2 Notes: Allen, who scored 10 points and dished out four assists in the win over the Wolf Pack, is sporting the edgiest shave by someone other than Brent Petway. It's like a mesa in the middle of his head.
Magic Shave Kammron Taylor, 6-2 G, Sr., Wisconsin Classification: Zig-zag curly-Q design Spotted: vs. UNLV in Round 2 Notes: Taylor, the Badgers' resident magician, usually sports a freshly shaved design in the front-left portion of his closely cropped hairdo. He also looks like a certain comedian, but that's so old by now.
PR Stunt A.D. Vassallo, 6-6 G/F, Fr., Virginia Tech Classification: Head-shave abbreviation Submitted: by VT student Gregory Bringhurst Notes: Vassallo, whose father was a 17-year star in the Puerto Rican pro league, shaved an homage to his homeland in the back of his head. A.D. has played for Puerto Rico's Under-21 national team.
Flow It, Show It John Pelphrey, head coach, Southern Alabama Classification: Grown-out sideline 'do Submitted: by reader Rick G. Notes: Former UK guard Pelphrey sported a standard, shorter cut during the Jags' NCAA tournament trip in March 2006, but has since grown out his (Goldi)locks -- and appears to have cut about 5-10 years off of his age.
Retro 'Fro Urule Igbavboa, 6-8 forward, Jr., Valparaiso Classification: Extra-large, spherical 'do Spotted: Dec. 2 at Ohio State by The Blog Notes: Igbavboa his a throwback 'fro -- and also the distinction of being the first player to score on Greg Oden in a college game, after dropping a floater over Ohio State's super-sized phenom in his debut as a Buckeye.
Screech-Fro Matt Hill, 6-9 forward/center, Fr., Texas Classification: Curly white-man's fro Spotted: Dec. 20 vs. Arkansas by The Blog Notes: Hill has more style than Dustin Diamond, but his 'do still falls into Screech territory. Hill averages a symmetrical 3.7 points and 3.7 rebounds off the bench for the Longhorns -- and says he loves Radiohead.
Using Product Tyler Hatch, 6-6 forward, Jr., Oklahoma St. Classification: Mega-spiked hair Spotted: Dec. 18 at Tennessee by "anonymous commenter" Notes: Hatch, a Cowboys reserve -- and a transfer from Northern Oklahoma College -- sports the most slicked-up 'do in college hoops. Reportedly has an endorsement deal with BedHead lined up after graduation.
UPDATED: Great Oden's Beard Greg Oden, 7-0 center, Fr., Ohio State Classification: Old-man facial hair Spotted: Jan. 17 vs. Northwestern by The Blog Notes: Oden began the season with a 40-year-old's grizzly beard, but shaved it in advance of the Buckeyes' Jan. 17 date against Northwestern. He's no longer being asked for his birth certificate before games.
The Clarence Clemons Warren Carter, 6-9 forward, Sr., Illinois Classification: Messy, spiked-out hairdo Spotted: Jan. 14 at Michigan State by the Blog Notes: We're calling Carter's look the Clarence Clemons -- rather than the Ernie (from Sesame Street), as one friend suggested -- because it looks exactly like this photo of the E Street Band saxophonist.
Nice 'Stache, Bro Jason Cain, 6-10 forward, Sr., Virginia Classification: Porn-style moustache Spotted: For about four seasons now ... Notes: The 2007 NCAA tournament was the farewell tour for the 'stache, which was such a phenomenon even back in 2004 that it inspired the creation of a UVA student group named The Assemblage of Cain.
Helmet Head Brent Petway, 6-8 forward, Sr., Michigan Classification: Winged-helmet shave Spotted: March 3 vs. Ohio State Notes: Brent isn't in the NCAAs, but the intricately-shaved Wolverine-helmet hair he sported on Senior Day at Michigan might be the single greatest style statement of the season. Air Georgia, the Tourney Blog salutes you.
The Frizzled Frosh Robin Lopez, 7-0 center, Fr., Stanford Classification: Unkept curly 'fro Submitted by: Stanford student Michael Lazar Notes: Lopez is, to our knowledge, the second player (after Wazzu's Derrick Low) who keeps his mane in check with an accessory running over, rather than around, his head. It's a good way to tell him apart from his twin.
>> Flair <<
Plexiglass T Tyler Hansbrough, 6-9 forward, Soph., North Carolina Classification: Protective Face Mask Spotted: During the ACC/NCAA tournaments Notes: Psycho T went through two masks -- a god-awful one that crippled him during the ACC tourney, then a new one that he ditched vs. Michigan State -- after being clubbed by Duke's Gerald Henderson.
The Kill Bill Dominic James, 5-11 guard, Soph., Marquette Classification: Golden overdose Submitted: by an anonymous reader (take credit in the comments!) Notes: James periodically goes on a color-coordination binge, matching his arm sleeve and high socks with his gold jersey. He actually wears two arm sleeves, with the base layer handed down from Allen Iverson.
Scorers' Sleeve Dominic James, 5-11 guard, Soph., Marquette Classification: Iverson-style arm sleeve Spotted: Nov. 21 vs. Duke by The Blog Notes: James' all-around game is worthy of an accessory that's worn for "medical reasons" -- aka, "for balling like A.I." James has been known to rock both the white sleeve/yellow jersey or black sleeve/white jersey look.
Over-Earband Lorenzo Mata, 6-9 center, Jr., UCLA Classification: Headband/earwarmer Spotted: Feb. 10 at West Virginia by the blog Notes: Mata has been wearing his headband like this for a long time -- it's even over his ears in his official UCLA pic. He was not wearing it poolside in his most famous image, though.
Shrunken Headband Wayne Chism, 6-9 forward, Fr., Tennessee Classification: High-on-forehead headband Spotted: Nov. 22 vs. Butler by The Blog Notes: The headband is by no means unique in college hoops, but Chism's signature look is: He wears it with the front above his hairline, making it look two sizes too small and ready to fly off at any second.
Scorers' Sleeve II Jerome Dyson, 6-3 guard, Fr., UConn Classification: Iverson-style arm sleeve Spotted: Nov. 29 vs. Sacred Heart by The Blog Notes: Marquette's James will be the premier sleeve-star in the Big East this season, but Dyson has been a nice surprise for the Huskies. He's UConn's co-leader in scoring at 14.0 ppg, and leader in steals at 2.1 spg.
Modernized Rec-Specs Marcus Landry, 6-7 forward, Soph., Wisconsin Classification: adidas sport glasses Spotted: Nov. 28 vs. Florida State by The Blog Notes: Thanks to advances in the sports-eyewear field, Landry doesn't have to rock Rambis-era Rec Specs to aid his court vision. He broke out a pair of sleek red adidas glasses, with non-tinted lenses, for a win over FSU.
The Classic Last-Name Tat Mike Nardi, 6-2 guard, Sr., Villanova Classification: Self-referential shoulder tattoo Spotted: for Nardi's whole career ... Notes: Seeing UNLV's Wink Adams' "Wink" tattoo last weekend reminded me of Nardi's shoulder-ode to himself, which consists of a large "NARDI" somewhat crudely written over a basketball. Truly one of the NCAA's classic tats.
Flagged Feet Carlos Rivera, 6-2 guard, Sr., Hofstra Classification: Puerto Rican flag on shoe Spotted: Dec. 12 vs. St. Francis by Off The Meter Notes: Rivera, who gives loves to his home country with a flag on the toe of his white Nike Elites, is the Pride's third-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game, and team leader in assists with 31.
UPDATED: The Polynesian Revival Derrick Low, 6-2 guard, Jr., Wash. State Classification: Hip-to-ankle tattoo Spotted: Dec. 28 at UCLA by the Blog Notes: Originally we called this a knee-length tat -- but in the process of writing this story we learned the real details on the traditional Hawaiian tattoo Low got in the Summer of 2006.
The No-Tie Look Tony Bennett, head coach, Washington State Classification: Semi-formal coaching attire Spotted: Jan. 16 in Seth Davis' Hoop Thoughts Notes: The 37-year-old Bennett took over the Cougars after his father, Dick, retired in March 2006. Will Tony's instant success -- he's led Wazzu from the Pac-10 cellar to the top 25 -- start a sideline style trend?
The Dangling Mouthpiece D.J. Augustin, 5-11 guard, Fr., Texas Classification: Constantly visible mouth flair Spotted: Jan. 20 at Villanova by the Blog Notes: Augustin, Kevin Durant's partner in crime on the Baby 'Horns, is bringing back a look that Illinois' Dee Brown was known for in 2003-04: He uses a mouthpiece, but never keeps it completely inside his mouth.
>> Moves <<
The .44 Special Sean Singletary, 6-0 guard, Jr., Virginia Classification: Absurd, reclining game-winner Submitted: by a UVa alum in Duke grad school Notes: Singletary's one-handed, one-footed, horizontal shot to beat Duke on Feb. 1 might go down as the YouTube clip of the year in college hoops -- and will surely be the season's coolest clutch shot.
Classification: Poster-quality dunk Spotted: Nov. 28 at Wisconsin by The Blog Notes: Thornton made his unforgettable play against the Badgers, literally vaulting (and posterizing) 6-11 Greg Stiemsma for a righty dunk. Stiemsma's Low Hawk did not appear to be injured in the play.
Classification: Outside-hitter takeoffs Spotted: Dec. 2 vs. Illinois by The Blog Notes: When he doesn't have the rock, Budinger will often attack the rim with volleyball-style moves, using a short approach and two-footed leaps. He's currently leading the Wildcats in scoring at 19.8 points per game.
The Dove Marcus Dove, 6-9 guard/forward, Jr., Oklahoma St. Classification: Bird-like hand sign Spotted: Dec. 5 vs. Syracuse by The Blog Notes: The entire OSU team makes the Dove Sign when Marcus dunks. Dove says the idea came from ex-Cowboy John Lucas III, who once told him, "Man, your name is Dove -- you've got to do some wings after you dunk."
The Vault II Deron Washington, 6-7 forward, Jr., Virginia Tech Classification: Posterizing layup Spotted: Jan. 6 at Duke by the Blog Notes: The Blue Devils' Greg Paulus would like to forget what Washington did to him at Cameron -- a crotch-in-the-face vault for a clutch layup -- but this play will be immortalized on YouTube.
>> Duds <<
Checkered Edges DePaul Blue Demons Classification: Thick, old-school piping Spotted: Nov. 20 vs. Kentucky by The Blog Notes: The modern font on DePaul's jerseys clashes somewhat in style with the retro, checkered piping, but give the Blue Demons credit for experimentation. Their road blues have a Harlem Globetrotters feel.
Asymmetry in Motion Memphis Tigers Classification: New jerseys, asymmetrical stripes Spotted: Nov. 21 vs. Oklahoma by The Blog Notes: Memphis' new adidas look has a twist: two stripes running down the left side of their jerseys and shorts, but none on the right. The Tigers' shoulder-striping, meanwhile, runs over the right shoulder but not the left.
Glitter City UNLV's Nike jerseys Classification: Numbers painted with silver glitter Spotted: On the road to St. Louis Notes: The Rebels are the only team -- to the best of my knowledge -- in college basketball with their numbers (on the front and back) displayed in glittery metallic paint. And really, why shouldn't they be?
Duct-Tape Shoulders Ohio State's new Nike jerseys Classification: Silver-ish shoulder flair Spotted: On the road to San Antonio Notes: The Buckeyes (along with Arizona, Syracuse and Florida) are participants in Nike's System of Dress experiment, which includes tighter tops, baggier shorts and, as far as I can tell, duct tape.
PHOTO CREDITS: All are AP other than Patzwald (YouTube screen grab), Landry (uwbadgers.com), Budinger (SI) and Kendall (screen grab).
What you neglect to realize about Stiemsma is that he would likely have tossed Thornton right out of the house on that dunk, however he's too well-coached to go up on what was essentially a cakewalk into the basket.
check the archives i do believe a few weeks ago i posted that Derrick Low of the cougars was a beast and the Washington State Cougars was a a team with style....hmmm ranked now, one of the Magic 8 in SI's article this week, and at the top of the pac-10
Yeah, Julian Wright's hair now is shaved to say "Ju". BTW, he has a move you should include. I don't know what you'd call it, but in each of the last 2 games, he jukes a guy so bad so close to the basket you'd think he's got to be traveling; he can practically touch each sideline with those arms.
The credit for "The Dove" may be undeserved. Check out some Boston College events (specifically basketball). Students and athletes have been doing the same gesture for longer (only it's an "Eagle", get it?), started by former PG Louis Hinnant.