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1/23/2007 08:00:00 AM
Style Archive Update No. 3
This is the third expansion of The Style Archive, which opened on Dec. 4, 2006, and has since grown to 26 exhibits. It's a blog-museum of sorts, dedicated to the most interesting stylistic elements of college hoops, from hairdos, to flair, to YouTube-worthy moves. Below are the six most recent additions; the complete Archive can be found here.
(Readers are encouraged to make archive nominations either in the blog comments or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be credited on the site for any successful suggestions.)
>> Jan. 23 Exhibits <<
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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 prior to games.
The Style Archive debuted on Dec. 4 with 14 exhibits, and then added four more on Dec. 21, including "The Dove" and "The Screech Fro." This is our second expansion.
(The complete Style Archive, with all exhibits, can be found here. Readers, remember to make nominations either in the blog comments or to email@example.com. You'll be credited on the site for any successful suggestions.)
>> Dec. 29 Add-Ons <<
Great Oden's Beard Greg Oden, 7-0 center, Fr., Ohio State Classification: Grizzly-old-man beard Spotted: Dec. 23 at Florida by Commenter Notes: An anonymous commenter noted that the beard Oden has been sporting of late "looks like an artist's depiction of LeBron in 15 years." Oden told SI that he's highly amused by his old-man rep.
Knee-length Tat Derrick Low, 6-2 guard, Jr., Wash. State Classification: Diamond-patterned leg tattoo Spotted: Dec. 28 at UCLA by the Blog Notes: Low, the Hawaiian PG who has led Wazzu's surprise start, has a diamondback-like tattoo that runs from his left sockline into his shorts. He also has Archive-worthy hair, but we're still looking for a good photo.