College ball will never be quite as lit as the NBA is when it comes to swagger and style, but that’s expected. Outside of dancing Cinderellas, there isn’t enough space for individualism and creativity, the type of stuff that makes the NBA so much fun to watch and follow. The NCAA won’t allow it. Their loss.
With that being said, we’ve still had a few brave soldiers make a difference over the years, players who pushed style to another level, who showcased their potential as eventual style icons, who took the vanilla that the powers that be love to push so much and added a little sugar, a little spice.
From Allen Iverson to J.J. Redick to UNLV to Pistol Pete, we’ve had trendsetters bucking the usual for years in college basketball. It wasn’t always sneakers. It wasn’t always uniforms. It wasn’t always style. Sometimes it was something as simple as UCLA’s Charles O’Bannon rocking the oversized white T-shirt beneath his jersey. Individual creativity is something we all sport in 2015, and it’s directly inspiring everything going on in pop culture right now. From the style trends of the moment to the music coming from cats like Kanye West to sports and athletes turning on the media, it feels like this year is shaping up to be one for the ages if you’re into seeing old regimes die and new ones flourish.
With the NCAA Tournament set to tip off later this week — well, officially it’ll be tonight — we’re going to take it back and show you how the game has evolved over the years. From the days of dad shorts and ugly jump shots, here’s a look at the Players Who Took Style to Another Level in College Basketball.
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