Sweet! The Sixteen Best Player Names in the 2010 NCAA Tournament

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Let the Madness begin!

Mizzou is dancing (despite their stumble in the Big 12 tournament) but unfortunately the slipper did not fit for the SLU Billikens, who were pummeled by Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 tournament and left out of even the lowly NIT, where they could have faced an Illinois team whose bubble also burst on Selection Sunday.

But enough of them and onto the bracket. Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke are the No. 1 seeds and Final Four favorites. Big names though they are in the world of college hoops, their players don't have any of the best names in the NCAA tournament.

From sons and sound-a-likes of NCAA past legends to silly nicknames and just plain strange monikers, we count down the sixteen best:

click to enlarge Gamble and The Gambler
Gamble and The Gambler
16. Gideon Gamble. Gambling, especially in the office pool to distract from work, is one of the best parts of the big dance. Here's betting that the Winthrop Eagles will defeat Arkansas Pine Bluff in Tuesday's play-in game thanks to a big shot from this 6-7 freshman guard.

15. Lebaron Weathers. Defending the Arkansas Pine-Bluff's basket in the play-in game: Lebaron. Just guessing but the Golden Lions would probably be higher than a 16 seed if they had LeBron as their center instead of this guy. Bonus points for sounding like a used Chrysler.

14. Will Brew Jr.
Beer and college basketball go together like beer and pretzels. Fans of the UC Santa Barbara Gaucho's may need a home brew or two from their sophomore guard after they take on 2-seed Ohio State and their star Evan Turner.

click to enlarge Didya know that Phaethon was the son of the Greek god, Helios?
Didya know that Phaethon was the son of the Greek god, Helios?
13. Iman Shumpert. Georgia Tech guard from Oak Park, IL average 10 ppg and 4 assists, hopefully to his equally awesome-named teammates Zachery Peacock and Glenn Rice Jr. (son of former Miami Heat guard Glenn Rice).

12. Phaethon Bolton. Wake Forest reserve guard will not be a household name anytime soon. He averages zero points, zero assists, and zero rebounds.

11. Dash Harris. Sophomore from Texas A&M narrowly wins the battle for best nickname over Temple's Scootie Randall and Utah State's Pooh Williams

Look at that 0'Rear.
Look at that 0'Rear.
10. Ralph Sampson III. Minnesota fans hope the 6-11 son of the Virginia legend follows in his father's 7-4 footsteps and leads the Golden Gophers to the Final Four. Edges out Montana's Shawn Stockton (nephew of Utah Jazz and Gonzaga point guard John Stockton) as the best descendant of a former NCAA great.

9. Lucas O'Rear. On the day after St. Patrick's day, Northern Iowa will need their junior forward whose name sounds like the set up for a prank call to an Irish pub to come up big against UNLV. His teammate Kwadzo Ahelegbe get honorable mention in the unpronounceable category. 

The elite eight continues after the jump...

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