When the Fab Five stepped on the court for the first time in 1991, a new era in college basketball took shape. The group — led by Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Jalen Rose — became prominent in history for bringing hip-hop culture to the game of basketball. Following them, other players began to take suit, such as Allen Iverson, who became the face of the hip-hop age in basketball. But after the NBA implemented a dress code in 2003, things began to change. The ruling did not only influence pro players but also guys in college hoops to start new fashion trends.
When a sophomore at UCLA by the name of Russell Westbrook broke out during the 2007-08 season, there was nothing special about his fashion style. The Bruins that year were a really great team but there was nothing about Westbrook that would make you think he would become one of the most influential athletes in fashion. Fast-forward eight years later, Westbrook is now a creative director of a fashion company, the face of the Jordan Brand, and has his own glasses line, “Westbrook Frames.” His fashion style has opened new doors.
While you are never going to fully stop a college athlete from wearing sweats and college apparel, there are some guys that have stepped it up a notch when it comes to style on and off the court. Here at The Drop, we have wrote about some of college basketball’s biggest sneakerheads, and the hottest gear they wear, but now it is time to dissect the College Basketball Players With the Potential to Become Style Icons in the future.
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