Style Archive: Midseason Report
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1. The Reeves Sleeve
Reeves Nelson // Soph. forward, UCLA
When Nelson arrived in Westwood in 2009, he was just a wide-eyed, mohawked freshman (see inset photo) without any fully visible tattoos on his left arm. It was a blank canvas to which he has since had a serious amount of ink applied: Yin-Yangish art, crosses, flying creatures, pyramids, script text ... pretty much everything in the tattoo book other than the tribal armband (and we commend him for avoiding that). With a year or two left in college and a blank right arm, Nelson has ample time to reach Birdman ink levels before making a run at the NBA.
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Mike Bruesewitz // Soph. forward, Wisconsin
We've entered an era where the fro-hawk is so ubiquitous that it no longer merits mention in the Style Archive. Players need to push the hairstyle envelope to stand out -- and no one has done that better than Bruesewitz, who's setting the Big Ten afire with a Modern Carrot Top coif that has yet to be replicated in college hoops. The Ginger Badger made a monster upgrade from his unassuming freshman buzz cut (see inset photo), and is in the midst of a breakout season as a style icon.
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3. Aloha Upholstery
Lorenzo Romar // Head coach, Washington
It's standard practice for coaches to rock Hawaiian Shirts during the Maui Invitational, but the Huskies' staff needs to be commended for this look, which was inspired by famous floral couch patterns of the 1970s. It was disappointing they didn't take it a step further and protect themselves with an outer layer of clear plastic, but the shirts alone merit mention, even if UW's play in Maui was forgettable: It went 1-2 with losses to Kentucky and Michigan State.
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4. Black Lip
Evan Fjeld // Senior forward, Vermont
When the Style Archive Hall of Fame opens -- construction has begun, with a tentative completion date of 2015, thanks to a grant from the Joakim Noah Foundation -- Fjeld is a lock to go in on the first ballot. He has blown away Blaine Taylor for status as owner of the game's most epic 'stache, a bit of facial hair more apropos of a member of the Black Lips (see inset photo) than a Catamounts forward. He has derived enough power from it to average 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds for an 11-4 Vermont team.
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5. Back in the Day-Day
Draymond Green // Junior forward, Michigan State
Green's point-forward game is often described as old school, and for the Spartans' duel with Syracuse in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 7, he came rocking the shoes to match: a pair of black, white and green Air Jordan I Retro High DMP's from this summer's Bulls vs. Celtics pack. Green's Spartans were routed by the Orange at Madison Square Garden, a result that may have inspired his switch back to more modern Nikes for Big Ten play, but he should give the Jordans another chance. They suit him well.
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Lucas O'Rear // Senior forward, Northern Iowa
O'Rear is an Archive regular, appearing in '08-09 for his Shamrock shoulder tattoo and '09-10 for his Wolverine-like mutton chops, and he continues to forge new ground in mid-major style. This season's development is not a mullet, per se, but perhaps a cousin of the mullet. He appears to have drawn a line straight up from the back of his ear, and neglected to cut any hair that falls beyond that point -- going "stubbly lumberjack" in the front, party in the back.
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7. Miracle Blazer
Howard Moore // Head coach, UIC
Moore's Flames are 5-12 in his first season at the helm, with an 0-5 record in the Horizon League, which means they are not especially good. But for one glorious afternoon in Chicago on Dec. 18, they held Illinois to its worst offensive performance of the season and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history. The 57-54 stunner was no doubt due, in some part, to the UIC-themed red blazer/blue tie combo that Moore sported at the United Center. We bid him more success with the Flames than another noted red-blazer-wearer, Sidney Lowe, has had in his current gig at N.C. State.
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David Stockton // Freshman point guard, Gonzaga
Yes, we know, the "marbles" dance was introduced to pop culture by President David Palmer, but it was Sam Cassell who popularized it as a real-life basketball celebration. And it was Stockton -- current Zags backup, son of Zags legend John -- who broke it out on the sidelines to celebrate a teammate's dagger in a win over Baylor on Dec. 18. The oh-no-we-can't-show-that-on-TV reaction of ESPN's best color man, Fran Fraschilla, was priceless.
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9. Classic Frogs
TCU Horned Frogs
Nike's designs for TCU's football jerseys have been avant garde, but the Horned Frogs' hoops team broke out the season's best vintage-inspired look, wearing these classic whites in a home loss to San Diego State on Jan. 5. Why more basketball jerseys don't make use of classic, script fonts is baffling; the simple "Frogs" lettering combined with the dotted-line trim here is excellent. TCU should stick to this design (rather than its standard home whites) for the rest of 2010-11.
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10. Fresh Prince of Knoxville
Scotty Hopson // Junior guard, Tennessee
The flat-top fade is back in '10-11, with Hopson as the face of the college hoops movement. The clinic the Vols put on at Pittsburgh on Dec. 11 was reminiscent of the Fresh Prince's Bel-Air Academy debut montage -- pretty much everything but the "I'm going to Disneyland" celebration -- but they've slumped since, falling to 10-5 and out of the Top 25. With Bruce Pearl suspended for the first eight SEC games, perhaps James Avery could step in and offer Tennessee a stern talking-to, if he's not busy doing Transformers voice-overs.
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11. Blue Devil Boot
Kyrie Irving // Freshman guard, Duke
The season's most obsessed-over injury is Kyrie Irving's mysterious case of something-like-turf toe, which has kept him in this walking cast for over a month. Prior to tweaking the toe against Butler on Dec. 4, Irving looked like the nation's best point guard, which is why any hint of the digit's healing progress -- even slight movement captured by game cameras -- can send the blogosphere atwitter. If he can ditch the boot and get back on the court by March, which is a possibility, Duke will be an overwhelming favorite to repeat as national champs.
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12. The Shurna
John Shurna // Junior forward,
The most-requested style* in Evanston barbershops among males aged 9-13 is this vaguely Eric Forman-like cut sported by Chicagoland's newest hoops hero. Shurna may be the most unique, elite player in D-I, given that he also shoots 58.0 percent from beyond the arc using the curious, elongated form seen in the inset image.
* This is unconfirmed.
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13. Hot Crossed Trunks
Why didn't Nike think of this sooner? Xavier debuted home shorts with giant X's on the side this season -- and if the Musketeers are smart, they'll keep these around beyond '10-11 and let them develop into a signature part of their look. They shouldn't blame their 9-5 start, which includes just one, quality, out-of-conference win (over Butler), on their new jersey bottoms. (Villanova, by the way, might want to try its own version of this look next year with tall, narrow Vs.)
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Alex Tyus // Senior forward, Florida
Tyus was long referred to as the Predator for his, um, receded-dreadlock 'do, but he ditched the dreads over winter break in favor of a close shave.
It's possible that he's trying to project a new, "professional Alex" image to the NBA, after declaring early for the draft -- and drawing very limited interest -- following his junior season. Or he was just sick of being called the Predator.
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15. Carolina Blue II
Leslie McDonald // Soph. guard, North Carolina
Tar Heel Monthly Twitpic'd a shot of McDonald warming up prior to the Virginia game in a pair of University Blue Jordan IIs, which were released on July 31 and hadn't otherwise been spotted on a D-I court -- perhaps because the Jordan II is far from one of the His Airness' most popular models.
(Thanks to Crashing the Dance's Andy Cox for the Twitter tip.)
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16. Air Accessories
Marcus Jordan // Soph. guard, Central Florida
Lil' Jordan is off to a big sophomore start, averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 assists per game for the 14-1 Knights. His collegiate image is nothing like his father's, though (see inset photo): Whereas Mike opted for the simple, unaccessorized look at Carolina, Marcus has gone with the headband, rec-specs, shin-armor and leggings at UCF. He's making a point to establish his own identity -- but really, shouldn't those be Jordan Brand goggles, instead of Oakleys?
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17. Brazilian Blowout
Andre Coimbra // junior forward, Central Michigan
Look at coach Ernie Zeigler's face: He's trying to pass along important tactical instructions, but it's impossible, because he just can't take this haircut seriously. Coimbra hails from Rio de Janeiro, where this 'fro would be considered standard, but he transferred to the Chippewas from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla., where this look is likely regarded with even more curiosity/concern than it is in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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18. Augustus Armor
Gus Gilchrist // junior forward, South Florida
Gilchrist is extremely protective of his shooting limb, so much that he covers 95 percent of it with a T-shirt sleeve, an arm sleeve and a wristband. His left arm, meanwhile, is unsheathed and exposed to attacks from defenders. This asymmetry has worked for him thus far, as he's been the Bulls' lone bright spot in Big East games, going for double-doubles in their past two losses to Villanova and Louisville.
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19. D. Real
Donald Sims // Senior guard, Appalachian State
Sims is what I imagine Cypress Hill's B. Real would look like if he were younger, not bald, and had a solid mid-range game. (It's so difficult to even find an image of B. Real without a hat on that this was the best I could come up with.) Sims' hair has a Pauly D-like shape as well, but it's not nearly slicked-up enough to be considered Jersey Shore material.
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Carlos Lopez // Freshman forward, UNLV
Lopez is a 6-foot-11 center from Puerto Rico with solid shot-blocking ability -- but it's his hair that makes him a dynamic, defensive force in the Mountain West. The Rebels' rotation hasn't featured an Archive-worthy 'do since '07-08, when Curtis Terry's glorious curls were all the rage. It was no coincidence, we think, that in each of Terry's last two years at UNLV, the team advanced in the NCAA tournament. Dull hair = early exits -- or worse, the NIT.
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