Created: 4/23/2014 10:25:25 AMReplies: 24
4/23/2014 10:25:25 AM - The MV
I'm very excited to see all of our newcomers but I have to admit, I'm especially optimistic about Paul Jorgensen. Partly because someone I trust has seen him play a few times and describes him as "fundamentally sound". Partly because of what I've seen of him on YouTube. But who am I trying to kid here? The biggest reason I'm excited is because of his nickname, 'The Prince Harry of Harlem." I mean, who shows up to college with that nickname already in tact?
I started to convince myself that this was the greatest nickname ever for a GW basketball player and he hasn't even shown up yet. What did the competition look like...."Red" Auerbach (iconic figure but not much of a nickname), Brownie (for Mike Brown..that was the best we could do?), Cheese for Chester Wood (an original nickname at least), Mo for Mike O'Reilly, Max Blank (had to have had a nickname but I can't think of it), Nimbo or Pops or JR (these passed as first names), Sasha (more a translation for Alexander than a nickname), Peanut (a good one for Shawnta, but no Prince Harry of Harlem). And then it came to me...Andrei Krivinos was "the Baby-Faced Assassin". Unfortunately, it's become a somewhat overused nickname (Steph Curry is often called this as is a few different soccer players) but during the 1990's, it was pure genius, what with Krivinos being a shut-down defender.
So my question is which name takes the title of best GW basketball nickname....Prince Harry of Harlem, Baby-Faced Assassin, or another name (and I know I've missed plenty).
4/23/2014 10:55:34 AM - ruge06
I always liked the Ukraine Train for Alex
4/23/2014 11:59:34 AM - rocket
I must have missed something because I never thought Krivinos what such a great defender. Nut was a great defender, about whom Jarvis once said (no doubt stealing a line from elsewhere), "He could steal the hubcaps off a moving car." Pato is a nearly great defender who will likely continue to get even better. Krivinos did, however, have a baby face.
4/23/2014 12:08:57 PM - Free Quebec
My favorie: The Funky Dutchman (Francisco DeMiranda)
Also: KevLar, Zeek, and Big Shot Carl.
Had a friend who used to call Vaughn Jones "The Greek" - because he could really throw the dish - but I doubt anyone on this board ever heard that.
By the way, I agree with Rocket. Great nickname, but the legend of his defense is overrated. He was solid, but he was no Mike Hall/Patricio Garino/Shawnta Rogers.
4/23/2014 12:09:18 PM - Roost_97
My buddy and I always come up with nicknames for our favorite guys each year. And although WE scream them out during the games, they somehow have not caught on. Maybe someday ...
Case(s) in point:
Kethan "The Ripper" Savage - because of the way he 'slashes' the paint like a famous British serial killer.
Kevin "Marmaduke or Scooby Doo" Larsen - because he's a Dane.
"Doctor" John Kopriva - because he's pre-med.
Tony "The Legend" Taylor - because he was from Sleepy Hollow, NY.
"Amanda" Bynes - because.
4/23/2014 12:13:37 PM - Roost_97
Forgot One from the 90's ...
J. J. "Elevator" Brade - because he had mad ups ...
4/23/2014 12:18:36 PM - Free Quebec
Hey, you can't mention JJ Brade without saying, "Free Quebec" - since he attacked the hoop with the reckless abandon of a crazy French Separatist.
4/23/2014 12:57:26 PM - herve
Elliot was also known as the "Governor" while Pops was called the "Mayor".
I had a lot of nicknames for Omo and Ferd but should not repeat them.
4/23/2014 12:57:43 PM - herve
Anthony Wise was called "Big Ant".
4/23/2014 1:09:42 PM - Poog
4/23/2014 1:19:03 PM - Minskmonster - 75 posts (#3)
Actually, it was Darin "Elevator" Green. He said so himelf.
4/23/2014 1:39:50 PM - doug sandels
I think The Mayor of Foggy Bottom, High Rise, and Big Shot Carl were my 3 favorites. I always referred to Kromah as Cool Lasan Smooth (homage to Lester Freaman from The Wire), but that one never stuck. My wife did come up with this nickname, which went a little viral locally, for one of the latest Twins who didn't amount to much.
4/23/2014 1:59:55 PM - Monument
"Nova" JJ Brade. Because he was a guy who could explode after the ball. Don't think it ever caught on.
4/23/2014 2:11:43 PM - Long Suffering Fan
For you old timers, I always liked "The Mean Man" (Howard Matthews). "High Rise" and "Nut" were also some of my favorites. Although not flattering, I always thought it as very clever when certain away fans (Dayton?) would chant "Gary Coleman" to KH.
4/23/2014 2:59:32 PM - doug sandels
LSF, of course, we returned the favor to the Dayton fans by "Quacking" at Brian Gregory.
4/23/2014 3:07:20 PM - Andrew EC
It's a slight tangent, but I think Regis Koundjia deserves to be mentioned on the short list of all-time great defenders at GW.
4/23/2014 3:47:07 PM - squid
My buddies and I call him Macho Man Kethan Savage.
4/23/2014 3:53:25 PM - Steveh107
A friend of mine and I call Joe "McCurry" because he has a babyface like Steph Curry.
4/23/2014 5:59:22 PM - Hooper1
McDonald + Savage = McSavage
4/23/2014 6:02:30 PM - Chet
"The Chosen One" -Yuta Watanabe
4/23/2014 7:02:17 PM - Obi Juan Kenobi
"Ro post prescence" - Yuta Wanantabe
Yuta is one of my favorite recruits coming in he is a a good finisher and is lengthy. He must be pretty talented considereding he is only the second japanese commit (the first played for montrose and we were looking at him) he was a little pg with god court vision.
4/23/2014 8:34:12 PM - Igor... not yegor
Adama "way" kah
Jennifer "love street" Shasky
and obviously "Igor not..." Yegor