SOMEWHERE IN MISSOURI -- Our Ultimate Project contest ends today -- or rather, the first phase of it. There were so many great entries (over 40) that I personally can't decide on who The Mid-Majority's No. 1 work-in-progress big man should be. So we are going to put it to you, gentle readers. The field has been narrowed to three very large and under-developed finalists, and you can vote on your favorite via the "free web poll" below.
Finalists were chosen for their uniqueness and the forcefulness of their defenders' arguments. "C. Colton" would like to introduce the story of redshirt junior Adam Thomas
of Cal State Fullerton, who weighs in at 7-2 and 230 lbs.
Thomas, best described as the "gangly white kid" on the CS Fullerton hoops team, didn't even play ball at his high school -- a la Mark Eaton -- in Lee's Summit, Mo. Thomas was working in a grocery store before taking to the hardwood and per his CS Fullerton bio: was "described as fat, dumpy and awkward" when he arrived at his JC before dropping 70 pounds during conditioning drills when he played at Penn Valley CC. Fat, dumpy and awkward! At least he lost the weight, but this kid needs a big break! Ultimate Project!
Jake out in Philly thinks Kennesaw State's sophomore center John Allison
The gangly, 7'1" 220 lb (15.71 stone) Allison is the first Scottish player on scholarship in the history of Division I, which is important for 3 reasons: 1. He has a funny accent. 2. He represents a perfect excuse to make a "Braveheart" joke without having to make reference to Mel Gibson. 3. He comes with a sublime ready-made nickname - "The Scottish Owl" After a redshirt year and a lackluster freshman debut, Allison scored 15 points two weeks ago in a loss to James Madison for his first career double figure-scoring performance and knocked down his first 3-pointer of the year in a 66-64 win over Nick Schneiders and USC Upstate in your G!O!T!N! Who doesn't love a 7-footer shooting 3's (other than his coach, perhaps)?
"Gangly" is a popular word when describing candidates for Ultimate Projectship. In many cases, it's easier to pronounce than the player's name. Matt thinks 7-0 Presbyterian Blue Hose redshirt freshman Steven Yien Gatkuoth
is worthy of the title.
Mr. Gatkuoth is a native of Sudan and has come to this small college in order to get an education. His current major, undecided, sounds like it may be a cross between Philosophy and Neuro-Science, which shows his intellect. According to his bio, he's been making "tremendous strides" with his strength and stamina. Obviously his strides are very long, but with some strength and stamina to go along with that, he could be a major asset for a team transitioning into Division 1. Last season he accidentally left a suit in New York, where his team traveled for a game. Sure, for you and I that's no big deal, try being 7-foot and getting a suit!
So who should it be? Who will be the 2008-09 Ultimate Project? (We're planning to make this a yearly thing, you know, like People's
Sexiest Man Alive.) Make your decision! Voting closes on Monday.