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Style Archive: Late-Season Report

SI.com's compendium of college hoops style is back with 20 more entries from the 2010-11 season. (The first 20 are here. Past Style Archives: 2006-07 | '07-08 | '08-09 | '09-10)
Isaiah Thomas
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1. Home Team

Isaiah Thomas // Jr. guard, Washington

Lil' Zeke's inner-arm tattoos aren't a reference to the Huskies' unbeaten record at Hec Ed this season. They are, in a way, fraternity ink: "Home Team" is the crew of Seattle's homegrown hoops stars, for which Hawks guard Jamal Crawford acts as a mentor. Former UW standouts Will Conroy and Nate Robinson are also in the club, and Thomas -- a Tacoma, Wash., product -- was initiated as part of its next wave ... even though he had the audacity to spend two years at a prep school in Connecticut before returning to play for his home-state U.
 
Norris Cole
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2. Stone Cole

Norris Cole // Sr. guard, Cleveland State

On the all-time hi-top fade spectrum, Cole's ranks somewhere below Kenny Walker's (inset left) and above Charles Smith's (inset right), but the Cleveland State star is the clear king of the look in college. Tennessee's Scotty Hopson, who was featured in this season's first edition of the archive, has faded along with his slumping team, while Cole has emerged as the country's best mid-major guard. His 41-point, 20-rebound, nine-assist tour de force against Youngstown State on Feb. 12 was the best single-game performance by any player this year.
 
Kemba Walker
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3. The Kemba Collection

Kemba Walker // Jr. guard, Connecticut

Walker is the Sneakerheads' candidate of choice for national player of the year honors. He's the only known player to have rocked three different pairs of shoes in one game this season -- a double-overtime, home loss to Louisville on Jan. 29, in which the Gampel Pavilion floor was slippery. He's worn at least five different Jordans as a junior, with his best combo (in my mind) being the Air Jordan II Retro QF varsity reds with UConn's navy blue away jerseys. Those were the shoes that beat Texas.
 
Dion Waiters
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4. The Waiters Collection

Dion Waiters // Fr. guard, Syracuse

After asking on Twitter if there was any collegian who switched sneakers more than Walker ... I went through our photo archive and realized that Waiters has an even deeper rotation. Whereas I could find five different styles on Walker in 2010-11, Waiters has worn at least nine different pairs of Kobes, LeBrons or Jordans this season. He has rocked the red-and-green "Christmas" LeBron 8s (seen at bottom right) on multiple occasions despite the fact they clash violently with 'Cuse's orange jerseys, and has also been quoted as saying his shoe choices are all in the name of "swag."
 
Derrick Williams
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5. Slouchy Cats

Derrick Williams // Soph. forward, Arizona

Is Jason Terry (inset) proud that Williams, the Wildcats' new star, occasionally sports the classic "CATS" socks that JT popularized in the late '90s, or disappointed that Williams doesn't pull them up to their proper height? Terry went knee-high while D-Will only goes below-calf; in the picture at left, he paired the socks with silver Kobes in a Dec. 22 rout of Robert Morris. Perhaps a stretched sock would limit Williams' vertical; even a millimeter less, and he wouldn't have been able to block Darnell Gant's shot to seal a win over Washington on Saturday.
 
Jeff Ledbetter
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6. I Would Like To Make You Aware Of The Fact That I Just Made a Three-Pointer

Jeff Ledbetter // Sr. guard, Idaho

Ledbetter is an excellent long-range gunner (he's 76-of-166 on the season, a 45.8 percent clip) who apparently enjoys savoring his shots. And we'll savor this image as perfect Archive fodder.

(Other title considered: Celebrotion.)
 
Luka Mirkovic
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7. Kiss Off

Luka Mirkovic // Jr. center, Northwestern

The (in)appropriateness of Mirkovic's post-basket celebrations have been debated on Wildcat message boards and blogs -- well, just one blog -- of late, because there is no longer anything to discuss about Northwestern's NCAA tournament chances or even its bubble status. The Serbian-born junior enjoys relishing his threes at a near-Ledbetter Level, and will often blow kisses to the crowd after big plays, drawing more attention to himself than an 8.3-points-and-5.7-rebounds-per-game center normally would warrant.
 
Matt Howard
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8. Blood Brothers

Matt Howard // Sr. foward, Butler
Marcus Denmon // Soph. guard, Missouri

This Fox 59 Indianapolis video of Howard's badly bloodied face -- from an injury suffered in a Feb. 7 win over UIC -- is the season's goriest game footage. It's almost as if the Butler star is wearing stage makeup for a low-budget horror flick.

Denmon's injury, suffered against Oklahoma on Feb. 12, wasn't nearly as bad, but I figured it was best to get all of the blood out of the way at once.
 
Zubaz Pants
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9. Zubaz Revival

Ohio State student section

My favorite visiting-bench backdrop this season has been at Value City Arena, where a pack of Zubaz-clad dudes can regularly be seen lurking behind opposing coaches. At left, the dark suits of Iowa's Fran McCaffery and his appointed policeman are contrasted nicely with red-and-white zebra patterns. The Zubaz brand was born in Big Ten country (Minnesota) and bankrupted in the mid-90s, but revived itself in 2007 ... and is alive and well at Ohio State.
 
Mike Bruesewitz
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10. Redhead Revival

Mike Bruesewitz // Soph. forward, Wisconsin

Bruesewitz, who made the first edition of the Archive for his Gingerfro, earned a second mention for breaking out a Bill Walton Blazers throwback (and black Cons) following the Badgers' win over No. 1 Ohio State on Feb. 12. Asked why Walton was in his wardrobe, Bruesewitz said, "Redheads, man! Redheads have to support redheads." The two times he's worn the jersey to the Kohl center this season, he's scored 18 points (against Green Bay) and 12 points (against the Buckeyes), well above his per-game average of 4.6.
 
Brian Carlwell
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11. Daddy Long Sleeves

Brian Carlwell // Sr. center, San Diego State

Carlwell, a 6-foot-11, 300-pounder, doesn't need long sleeves to stay warm ... he needs them to stay dry. In a Podcast with San Diego's XX 1090 radio, he explained his choice of undershirt: "I had a bad experience my freshman year of college, and I've worn [the sleeves] ever since. ... I had someone sweat on me, and I had a rash on my arm, and I was like, this is not for me, I don't like this at all. So I just wear that to keep people's sweat off me."
 
Ryan Pearson
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12. The Flowering Elbow

Ryan Pearson // Jr. forward, George Mason

If Pearson were to pull a Carlwell, college hoops nation would be deprived of seeing its best elbow-centered tattoo. Pearson also has 32 pairs of staple marks on the outside of his right leg, as a result of a childhood accident in which he was run over by a car in Brooklyn. Coach Jim Larranaga says the scar looks like a "zipper" -- but Pearson has persevered with that zipper to lead Mason back to the top of the CAA, and likely back to "scary mid-major" status in the NCAA tournament.
 
Jimmer Fredette
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13. Elevation

Jimmer Fredette // Sr. guard, BYU

No college player (or at least no one I've seen on TV or in photo archives) elevates more on his jump shot than The Jimmer, who springs high enough off the court to make his threes almost unblockable. He's essentially the anti-LaceDarius Dunn; Baylor's star gunner barely leaves the floor when he launches long-range shots ... and not surprisingly, has much lower NBA draft stock than does BYU's cult hero.
 
Chris Warren
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14. Rebelbeard

Chris Warren // Sr. guard, Ole Miss

Warren is proving true the old adage, "Bigger The Beard, Better The Free-Throw Shooter." Without a full season of facial hair in '09-10 (inset), he shot 81.7 percent from the foul line; this season, consistently sporting serious chops, he's shooting 94.3 percent. Clean-shaven teammate Reginald Buckner, who has the highest free-throw rate (48.1) of any Ole Miss regular, might want to get in on the beard game, considering he's shooting only 42.9 percent from the stripe.
 
UCLA patch
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15. Pyramid Patch

UCLA Bruins

The Bruins' jerseys -- both the home and away versions -- now have some triangular symmetry, with an Adidas logo on the left shoulder and a tribute to the late John Wooden on the right shoulder. Their "JRW" patch is an ode to the Wizard of Westwood's Pyramid of Success, a chart of 25 successful behaviors that he unveiled in 1948 and used as the driving principles of his UCLA Dynasty.
 
Jay-R Strowbridge
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16. Yellow Man

Jay-R Strowbridge // Jr. guard, Oregon

If Wooden were coaching today, I wonder if he would approve of yellow shoes, or a guy named Charles Jr. going by Jay-R, or a forest painted on a Pac-10 basketball court. Oregon has all of these things in 2010-11. Strowbridge, a transfer from Nebraska and then Jacksonville State, broke out the kicks at left against Oregon State ... and proceeded to score 26 points on six threes in a win over the Ducks' Civil War rival.
 
Dallas Lauderdale
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17. The New Dallas

Dallas Lauderdale // Sr. forward, Ohio State

Lauderdale, the Buckeyes' interior enforcer who stands 6-8 but has a 7-5 wingspan, is far more aerodynamic as a senior than he was in '09-10. He ditched his short 'do and most of his beard, going for the sleeker bald-dome-and-Fu-Manchu look. Although his playing time has diminished -- he's on the floor just 43.1 percent of the time, compared to 60.6 last season -- the shaving has corresponded with Ohio State's 25-2 record and No. 2 ranking.
 
Demetri McCamey
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18. My City, My Game

Demetri McCamey // Sr. guard, Illinois

McCamey represents Chicago on his left shoulder and on daytime television, having randomly appeared in the background of a Judge Mathis episode this offseason. If the Illini point guard adds a third line to this tattoo that reads "My Outside Influences" -- even just as a temporary joke -- I promise to give him another entry in the Style Archive. Even if it gets him banned from the team.
 
Justin Graham
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19. Flying Spicoli

Justin Graham // Sr. guard, San Jose State

Players in the WAC, West Coast Conference and Big West are actively encouraged (via secret, preseason memos) to grow Jeff Spicoli or Steve Nash hair in hopes of gaining their leagues more visibility in national, style-focused basketball media ... and the step-grandson of the guy picked behind Lew Alcindor in the 1969 NBA draft has definitely done his part. Congrats, Justin.
 
Carlos Lopez
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20. Faux Pas

Carlos Lopez // Fr. forward, UNLV

Lopez made the first style archive under the heading of "Dinamico," for his Graham-trumping hair that was stunning fans throughout the Mountain West. So what did Carlos do? He chopped it off and switched to a Fauxhawk. He remains the Rebels' best per-minute offensive rebounder, but they've slumped from a 12-2 start to 20-7, and find themselves not in "lock" status for the NCAA tournament. They should be in, according to Andy Glockner's latest Bubble Watch, but still have some work to do.
 

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