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2009-10 Big East All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. Today, we take a look at the Big East.

There are a handful of quality games between ranked opponents today, but possibly the most intriguing matchup is the one going down on ESPN as I write this: Georgetown and UConn. Both of those teams reside in the Big East, so I thought it would be great to debut the Big East All-Name Team today.

G – Cashmere Wright, Cincinnati. Wright is a freshman guard for the Bearcats who is averaging almost 5 points a game. His stats have no bearing on his spot on this team. However, the fact that his first name is a homonym for a great Led Zepellin song, is all the reason in the world for him to make this team.

G – Junior Cadougan, Marquette. Cadougan is a freshman (not a junior, as his name might suggest), that has yet to see the floor for Marquette this season. Again, on-court performance has nothing to do with this team. The reason he made this team is because every time I read his last name, it makes me think of Street Fighter.

F – Tomasz Kokosinski, Rutgers. Kokosinski (go on, say the name, it’s fun) is a homegrown talent from New Jersey (he went to high school just 82 miles from Seaside Heights. Jersey Shore, represent!). He’s a walk-on for Rutgers, and also made the Big East All-Academic team last season. I think his name alone deserves a fist pump.

Fist Pump!

Fist pump like a champ.

F – Mookie Jones, Syracuse. Mookie. Enough said.

C – Mouphtaou Yarou, Villanova. Yeah, I know, another freshman. Sorry, but I can’t help the fact that all the best names in this conference belong to freshmen. Also, what would one of the All-Name Teams be without a foreign player on it?  Yarou hails from Benin, and just started playing basketball in 2004, after growing up playing mostly soccer.

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2009 Atlantic 10 All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. Today, we take a look at the Atlantic 10.

G – Ruben Guillandeaux, La Salle. I’m not sure what’s so great about this name. Yeah, it’s French in its roots, but that’s not such a big deal. What amuses me about it is that Ruben Guillandeaux also plays for a school that has a French name: La Salle.

G -Ogo Adegboye, St. Bonaventure. This

He look's just like the constellation, doesn't he?

junior out of England didn’t see the floor at all during his first two seasons as a Bonnie, but is averaging 6.1 points a game this year. He also leads his team in awesome names, with two a game.

F – An’Juan Wilderness, Charlotte. An’Juan makes this list for a variety of reasons. For one, he has an apostrophe in his name, which automatically qualifies him for the All-Name Team. Two, his last name is Wilderness, and well, that’s just wild, man. Okay, so maybe it was only two reasons. Regardless, An’Juan Wilderness makes the team for all-around awesomeness.

F – Orion Outerbridge, Rhode Island. Alliteration? Check. Named after a Greek mythological figure AND constellation? Check. Random last name that combines an adjective and a noun? Check. Congratulations, Orion, for making the team.

C – Fahro Alihodzic, Fordham. I’m not sure of the etymology of this name, but the kid is from England, for what it’s worth. Nor am I sure on the exact pronunciation of his name, but dammit, it looks like a great name.

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2009 Atlantic Sun All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. Since we mentioned Jacksonville University in a post earlier today, we will look at the Atlantic Sun’s All-Name Team.

G – Eni Cuka, North Florida. Cuka is a 6’2″ guard out of Ft. Lauderdale — south Florida, represent! — and averaged 13 points last year for the Ospreys. He is one of just three seniors taking the court for UNF this season, but has by far the coolest name of the three of them.

Cuka

Eni - one cuckoo for - Cuka puffs? Yes, another lame pun.

G – Ridas Pulkauninkas, Mercer. Ridas is a junior out of Lithuania, who is getting his first chance at playing time this season, getting 11 minutes a game. He’s only averaging 3.2 points, but is leading the team in awesome names.

F – Keaton Belcher, Belmont. I wonder if he actually lives up to his surname? Anyone want to challenge him to a burping contest?

F – Etienne Effenberg, North Florida. We’ve already established that one way to make this team is to have an apostrophe in the middle of your name. However, another way to garner recognition: alliteration. That’s just what this freshman out of Germany makes this team for, even though he has yet to see the court this season.

C – Szymon Lukasiak, Jacksonville. He may be from Poland, but this is the most original — and absurd — spelling of the name “Simon” that I have ever seen. It is also the reason that Lukasiak makes this team.

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2009 Big 12 All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. Today, we bring you the Big 12’s All-Name Team.

G – Bubu Palo – Iowa State. A lot of freshman seem to dominate these all-name teams so far, and Palo is no exception. He’s from Ames, Iowa, and whoever named him appears to be smarter than your average bear. Right, Bubu? Yeah, I know, I’m ashamed of myself for that awful pun, too.

G – Obi Muonelo – Oklahoma State. This senior out of Edmond, Oklahoma, is averaging 12 points per game so far this season after averaging a career-high 12.7 last season. I don’t care too much about his stats though, because his name is fun to say.

Tiny Gallon

Yeah, Tiny is not so tiny.

F – Tiny Gallon – Oklahoma. This guy might have the best, and most ironic name in all of college basketball this year. Tiny is not tiny at all — in fact — he is just the opposite, coming in at 6’9″ and 300 pounds.

F – Keegan Hornbuckle – Colorado. Now Hornbuckle just made the list because his name is loaded with awesomeness. Honestly, I read it and got a nice chuckle out of saying it. Good job, Keenan.

C – Dragan Sekelja – Baylor. Thank you, Croatia, for providing what has to be my favorite name on this team. I mean, honestly, the guy’s name is Dragan. Doesn’t get much cooler than that… unless of course he could actually breathe fire, too.

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2009 Big Ten All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. Sticking with the Big Ten theme today, I present you the 2009 Big Ten All-Name Team.

Dallas Lauderdale

Dallas Lauderdale is certainly jacked up about making the Big Ten All-Name Team.

I’m not going to lie, picking the Big Ten’s All-Name Team was much more difficult than picking the SEC’s,because there were quite a few worthy names to choose from. Sadly, not all of them can make the starting five, so I have to give credit to the parents of all these Big Ten’ers for coming up with some original names.

G – Wquinton Smith, Wisonsin – This 5’10” guard hails from Milwaukee and makes this list solely because his parents had the gall to spell his name with a W followed by a Q. I call those style points.

G – Cully Payne, Iowa – SouvenirCity will be glad to see one of his Iowa boys make the All-Name Team, I’m sure. Cully, a freshman from Schaumburg, Ill., makes the team because his name is incredibly cool to say. Go on, say it, I’ll wait. Was I right?

G – E’Twuan Moore, Purdue – One sure-fire way to get a nod for the All-Name Team is to have an apostrophe in the middle of your name, and that’s just what Purdue’s E’Twuan Moore has. Bonus points for having two capital letters in the first name.

F – Dallas Lauderdale, Ohio State – This forward out of Solon, Ohio, sounds more like a flight from Texas to South Florida than a basketball player. And being from the South Florida region, you know I couldn’t resist adding this guy to the All-Name Team. I mean really now, his name is two cities; that’s like having two first names as your full name.

C – Zisis Sarikopoulos, Ohio State – The Buckeyes’ center out of Greece has a very Greek name, which automatically makes it worthy of All-Name Team recognition.

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2009 SEC All-Name Team

The All-Name Team will be a reoccurring feature here at Beadlemaniacs. How often it will run remains to be seen, but rest assured, by the time the season is over an All-Name team for each conference will be unveiled. Each edition of the All-Name Team will consists solely of a starting five. With the 2009-10 NCAA basketball season tipping off tonight, we bring to you the SEC’s All-Name Team.

Nimrod

A mighty rebel hunter, or a fool? Either way, it's an awesome name.

G – Nimrod Tishman, Florida – He’s listed as Rod Tishman, but the 6’5″ guard out of Israel’s full name is Nimrod, which is beyond awesome. But apparently his name in Hebrew means “rebel” and comes from the Old Testament, where Nimrod is a renowned hunter, the great-grandson of Noah and the founder of Babylon. Or, you know, you could go with the modern day definition of his name: a silly, foolish or slow-witted person. NIMROD!

G – Ebuka Anyaorah, Georgia – I probably can’t even pronounce this kid’s name on the first try, which means the 6’4″ freshman guard out of Suwanee, GA. definitely qualifies for the SEC’s 2009 All-Name Team.

G – Dee Bost, Mississippi State – Dee Bost. More like THE BOSS, or as Rick Ross would say, he’s Dee biggest Bost that we’ve seen thus far. Yeah, that was a horrible pun, I know, but it’s the reason I decided to put Bost on the All-Name Team.

F – Storm Warren, LSU – Storm is a 6’7″ sophomore out of Monroe, LA. He averaged 2 points per game and about 2 rebounds per game as a freshman. But with a name like Storm, and playing in the Bayou and that close to New Orleans, it just seems like a perfect fit. Too soon? Anyways, here is an artist’s rendering of what Storm Warren looks like, except I imagine he is wearing purple and gold and a pair of high tops.

C – Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndelue, Vanderbilt – I dare you to say his name five times fast. You can’t, can you? That’s a sure-fire litmus test for whether or not a player qualifies for the All-Name team, and Festus, as he is better known as certainly qualifies. The 6’11” center from Nigeria averaged nearly 4 points and 2 boards last season in just 12 minutes off the bench, and will be looking to improve on those numbers this season.

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