Chicago's unique college basketball names
While not the Wooden Award, the God Shammgod Award is one of the most prestigious in college basketball. Handed out annually by Storming the Floor, the award is given to the basketball player with the best name and basketball statistics.
The award is named after the former Providence guard that had quite the name. Last season BYU's Jimmer Fredette (right) became the first winner of the award and this season there are a number of Chicago college basketball players in the running. In fact, one is in first.
The initial paring of 35 entrants has begun and there are still a number of Chicago players in the running. UIC's Robo Kreps, after his awesome weekend, is in first place. When your first name sounds like "Robot" you're going to get a lot of love.
Other Chicago players in the running include DePaul's Cleveland Melvin and Chicago State's Pawel Kielbasa.
Personally, I was sad to see Murray State's Picasso Simmons get the boot after just one week. Other than the three Chicagoans, I think I'll put my money on Festus Ezeli from Vanderbilt.
Some other players that could've made it from Chicago:
- Chim Kadima, G, Loyola-Chicago
- Ardarius Simmons, G, Chicago State
- Archie Seals, G, Chicago State
- Quincy Ukaigwe, F, Chicago State
The Cougars are just a hot bed of name talent.