Mocking the Tournament: 40+ Funny Nicknames

March 17th, 2009

Everyone loves a good nickname. But real nicknames are often boring. Psycho-T? Yawn. So instead, I present to you funny/lame nicknames for 40 of the top players in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Some of these reference pop culture, politics, and sports history. For others, it helps to know a little bit about the player or the team he plays for. Others are just plain ridiculous.


Mocking the Tournament: 40+ NCAA Tournament Nicknames

DeJuan Blair (Pittsburgh): "The Prime Minister"

Chase Budinger (Arizona): "The Poor Man's Keith Van Horn"

Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia): "I Didn't Do It!"

Dionte Christmas (Temple): "Bad Santa"

Sherron Collins (Kansas): Sher"ron Jeremy" Collins

Darren Collison (UCLA): "The Faucet"*
*Because he runs hot and cold

Lee Cummard (BYU): (Insert Dirty Joke Here)

Dante Cunningham (Villanova): "The Inferno"

Austin Daye (Gonzaga): Austin "I swear, I'll be good one" Daye

DeMar DeRozan (USC): "DeReally?"

Jeremiah Dominguez (Portland St): Jeremiah "I used to be a Bullfrog" Dominguez

Byron Eaton (Oklahoma St): Byron "Sure Knows How to Get His" Eaton

Wayne Ellington (UNC): Wayne "I hate Duke" Ellington

Levance Fields (Pittsburgh): "Chubs"

Jonny Flynn (Syracuse): "Heeere's" Jonny

Blake & Taylor Griffin (Oklahoma): "Family Guys"

Tyler Hansbrough (UNC): Tyler "Dude, Stop Touching My Hans"brough

Manny Harris (Michigan): Manny "Being Manny" Harris

Gerald Henderson (Duke): "The Legacy"

Robbie Hummel (Purdue): "The Hummel Horse"

Marcus Landry (Wisconsin): Marcus "I need a quarter to do the" Landry

Ty Lawson (UNC): Ty "No, I'm not Ty Law's son" Lawson

Eric Maynor (VCU): "Mr. May"

E'Twaun Moore (Purdue): "ET"

Luke Nevill (Utah): "The Lost Brother"

Arinze Onuaku (Syracuse): "Chris Dudley Jr."

Jeremy Pargo (Gonzaga): "North Dakota"

Greg Paulus (Duke): "Where Is He Now?"

AJ Price (UCONN): "Laptop"*
*Come on, you know I had to go there

Tyrese Rice (BC): "Pork Fried"

Larry Sanders (VCU): "The Colonel"

Jon Scheyer (Duke): Jon "is so quiet, he couldn't be" Scheyer

Kyle Singler (Duke): Kyle "Perpetually" Singler

Tyler Smith (Tennessee): Tyler "Seriously Bruce, Change the Jacket" Smith

Corey Stokes (Villanova): Corey "Different" Strokes

Goran Suton (Michigan St): Goran "Forgot to put his bathing" Suton

Jeff Teague (Wake Forest): Jeff "Out of My League" Teague

Hasheem Thabeet (UCONN): Hasheem "We Got" Thabeet

Isaiah Thomas (Washington): "The GM"

Marcus Thornton (LSU): "Rosebud"

Evan Turner (Ohio St): Evan "Page" Turner

Greivis Vasquez (Maryland): "Grievance Counselor"

Willie Warren (Oklahoma): "Wee" Willie Warren

Terrence Williams (Louisville): "All Purpose"

Sam Young (Pittsburgh): Sam "I look like I'm 30, But I'm" Young

-- There you have it. Below are some more top players that I struggled to give a good nickname too.. or I came up with one, but thought that readers could do better. So show me your stuff. Post your nicknames in the comments section below or shoot me an email.

AJ Abrams (Texas)
Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga)
Jon Brockman (Washington)
James Harden (Arizona St)
Jordan Hill (Arizona)
Marcus Landry (Wisconsin)
Kalin Lucas (Michigan St)
Scottie Reynolds (Villanova)