March Madness Doppelgangers
No one has any idea who's going to win the NCAA tournament. It is known.
I can tell you one thing, however: Jabari Parker and Kendrick Lamar are practically twins.
Yep, while you've been slamming your skull against the wall trying to decide if Wichita State is for real or not, I've been hard at work plumbing the pop-culture depths and coming up with athlete-coach lookalikes for March Madness.
Why? Because it's necessary—and about 10 times more productive than trying to guess which of the dozen or so contenders will bring home a banner this April.
So take a minute, stow your brackets and rosaries in an overhead compartment and enjoy some March Madness doppelgangers. Remember: This is the best time of the year. It's time to have some fun.
"Shoot the J! SHOOT IT!"
Scottie Wilbekin looked like Prince before he began playing basketball like Prince. The Florida Gators guard has gone from outcast to leader over the course of a single season thanks to some tough love from Billy Donovan.
Wilbekin spent a lot of late nights in the gym this year, according to David Jones of FloridaToday.com. We can only hope Donovan was there, yelling, "Computer blue" and serving post-gym pancakes.
Andrew Harrison—David Alan Grier
Both of Kentucky's Harrison brothers look like the sons of actor/comedian David Alan Grier, but Andrew made the cut in this case.
Sorry, Aaron. It came down to assists.
Jabari Parker—Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar and Jabari Parker are good kids in mad, mad cities.
Fortunately for Parker, the Duke Crazies bring the good kind of madness. Kind of.
Ben Brust—Rob Gronkowski
Imagine an angry, mini-Gronk with a basketball and a penchant for shooting daggers. That's Ben Brust.
Unlike Rob Gronkowski, the Wisconsin guard always seems to have a scowl on his face. That said, if the Badgers win it all, he will have no choice but to finally be fiesta.
Joel Embiid—Trevor Mbakwe
Aw...Trevor, is that your little brother?
Kansas superstar Joel Embiid is five years younger than Trevor Mbakwe, but he's got four inches and five pounds on the former Minnesota Golden Gophers' forward.
Andrew Wiggins—Avery Johnson
It's all in the smile.
Former NBA coach Avery Johnson might have the superior chompers for now, but Kansas freshman superstar Andrew Wiggins will have plenty of dough to fix that once he signs his first NBA contract.
Personally, I think he should keep the look. As J. Cole would say, "Crooked smile? We can style on 'em."
James Young—Wanda Sykes
I'm sorry, James. You knew what you were doing when you woke up and reverted to your high school hairdo.
The Kentucky freshman is 18 and still in his experimental stage. Bear with him as he tries to find his way. Every guy tries "long hair don't care" at one point or another. It didn't work for most of us, either.
Josh Hairston—Shelden Williams
Josh Hairston has fewer acres of forehead, but I'm convinced the senior forward is trying to channel the spirit of his Duke forebears with his Shelden Williams-esque face-fur.
James Michael McAdoo—Kyrie Irving
Alright, so this one might just be me.
UNC's James Michael McAdoo will never be mistaken for Kyrie Irving, but from certain angles the two look alike enough to be cousins.
Shhhh...just go with it.
Monte Morris—Mario Chalmers
Iowa State's Monte Morris is a freshman, but he's playing at an NBA level.
He looks a bit like Mario Chalmers, but even Chalmers hasn't put up a 12-assist, zero-turnover game.
Tom Izzo—Jimmy Hoffa
We did it. We found Jimmy.
He's been hiding in plain sight on the sidelines of the Breslin Center.
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