"GANGSTERS OF THE GROOVE"
(COACH: TOM YOUNG)
November 20, 1985
Old Dominion's Kenny Gattison had his first close shave when he was two months old. A 2-year-old brother, Jap, grabbed Dad's straight razor to make like Floyd the Barber. Unfortunately, Jap did a better imitation of Sweeney Todd; the gash on Kenny's left cheek took seven stitches. For years he thought the scar was a birthmark. "I figured it came with the package," he says. "But when I was six I realized nobody else had a scar. Most people think I'm some kind of gangster."
They're right. The senior forward specializes in inside jobs. His menacing reverse stuffs and his in-your-face jumpers—call them mug shots—helped the Monarchs hack up opponents all last season. Here's the rest of the rap sheet:
•Ronnie (Two-Man) Wade, forward. "Team hit man," says Gattison. "Goes out and sticks his man."
•Frank Smith, guard. Quiet as a cat burglar.
•Keith Thomas, guard. He would just as soon rub you out in the lane as pick his teeth with a match.
•Sylvester Charles, swing-man. Middle name: Zelworth. "A vegetarian," says Gattison. "All he eats is macaroni and cheese, French fries, grapes and, I think, potato chips."
•Clarence (Moose) Hanley, center, 6'10", 235 pounds. "Hands as big as toilet seats," says UAB guard Steve Mitchell. Watch them.