2012 NCAA Tournament All-Name Team: The Best Names of March Madness
Hyphens, apostrophes, Roman numerals and who knows what else?
Unfortunately, there is no name quite as intriguing as former Alabama State forward Chief Kickingstallionsims, but with 68 teams in the 2012 NCAA Tournament there are plenty of good, fun and interesting names out there. Here is a list of the 12 best names in this year's Big Dance, plus a few other noteworthy names that just missed the cut.
Cor-J Cox, Mississippi Valley State
Cor-J Cox is the third best scorer on a balanced Mississippi Valley State team. The senior averages 11.4 points per game, and has had a few outstanding performances this season.
In mid-January, he had back-to-back 20-point outings, scoring 23 points against Southern and 26 points against Prairie View A&M.
Unfortunately, Cor-J's season came to an end on Tuesday night after the Delta Devils fell to Western Kentucky in the First Four, 59-58. In that game, he had 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Will Cherry, Montana
Will Cherry leads Montana in scoring with 16 points per game. The junior is one of the better all-around players in the Big Sky conference with 3.9 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game.
Cherry has scored in double digits in every game since the beginning of 2012, and his best overall performance came against Northern Colorado back in February when he posted 30 points, four rebounds, four assists and eight steals.
Along with Kareem Jamar, Cherry makes up a Montana back court that has the potential to power the Grizzlies to an upset or two this month.
Jordair Jett, Saint Louis
It's tough to beat a name like Jordair Jett.
The Saint Louis guard is averaging 6.4 points per game and 2.2 assists per game during his sophomore season. Even though he is not a consistent scorer, he has had a couple of good outings.
Early in the season, he scored 19 points and six rebounds against Villanova in the 76 Classic, and then he averaged 12 points per game during the Atlantic 10 tournament.
Jett's Saint Louis Billikens will take on No. 8 seed Memphis on Friday at 6:50 PM EST.
Four McGlynn, Vermont
Four McGlynn (yes, he wears No. 4) is only a freshman for the No. 16 seed Vermont Catamounts, but his 12.2 points per game leads the team. This season, he has recorded five 20-point performances, and his career-high 24 points came a little more than a month ago against Stony Brook.
In his First Four game against Lamar, which Vermont won by 12 points, McGlynn scored a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
Peter Pappageorge, Long Beach State
To all the English teachers out there looking to teach their students about alliteration, look no further than Long Beach, California.
Pappageorge has not done much for the the 49ers this year, scoring just 2.1 points per game in 6.6 minutes per game, but he did put together a few solid games in the Big West tournament. In the quarterfinals, he notched a career-high 11 points, and then he recorded eight points in the championship game against UC Santa Barbara.
Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt
Festus Ezeli missed a large chunk of the beginning of the season with a knee injury, but since his return has been stellar for the Commodores.
Ezeli is known for his defensive prowess, averaging two blocks per game. This season, he has had as many as five blocks in a single game. However, he also has a solid post offense game. He gets almost all of his 10 points per game in the paint, and his season-high is 21 points against LSU.
He and Vanderbilt will go up against No. 12 seed Harvard on Thursday at 4:40 PM EST.
Deuce Bello, Baylor
Deuce Bello has been a consistent role player for the Baylor Bears all season. The freshman is averaging 3.3 points per game and 2.1 rebounds per game in 9.8 minutes per game this year.
In his most recent game, which was the Big 12 championship game last Saturday, Bello had his best outing in a while, scoring 13 points and six rebounds against Missouri.
On Thursday, Bello and third-seeded Baylor will take on Summit League champion South Dakota State.
Robinson Odoch Opong, LIU-Brooklyn
Robinson Odoch Opong, a sophomore at LIU-Brooklyn, has not received too much playing time this season. In 2012, he averages 1.2 points per game in 3.9 minutes per game, and his season-high is eight points, which came in the first game of the season against Hofstra.
Bubu Palo, Iowa State
Bubu Palo is the second Big 12 player to make this list.
Palo was off to a good start to the season, averaging 5.1 points per game through the first 11 games. But then he broke his wrist and missed all of January and most of February. Since his return, he is only averaging 1.6 points per game.
Jawanza Poland, South Florida
Bak Bak, California
J'Hared Hall, Loyola-MD
Casper Ware, Long Beach State
Hamidu Rahman, New Mexico State
Sandro Carissimo, Vermont
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga
Walter Pitchford V, Florida
Hippolyte Tsafack, Memphis
Kievyn Lila-St. Rose, Norfolk State