The Jimmer screams his name for world to hear. ( Image source )
The incomparable first name of BYU star Jimmer Fredette has become so


The 16 Sweetest Names of March Madness 2011

The Jimmer screams his name for world to hear. (Image source)
The incomparable first name of BYU star Jimmer Fredette has become so synonymous with streak shooting that it is now an adjective. For example, when Washington State's Klay Thompson was raining NBA-range three-pointers on Washington during the Pac-10 tournament, Husky fans simply shrugged and said he was going Jimmer on them. But while Jimmer has become a household name -- and descriptor -- among college hoops fans, there are still approximately 800 or so players in this year's NCAA Tournament and more than a few of them have funny, already famous, or just plain unusual names. Here are 16 of the best.

East Regional

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Alabama State's Ivory White has an endorsement deal waiting when he graduates.

Alabama State - Ivory White He should sell his own line of illicit bath salts -- the tooth whitening product is already trademarked.

West Virginia - Dalton Pepper An action hero (or possibly porn star) in waiting.

Marquette - Vander Blue His shots fade into the Vander Blue yonder...

Syracuse - Fab Melo Seven-foot Brazilian's play was simply Fab against St. John's in the Big East tournament, when he scored 12 points on 5-5 shooting.

Long Island - Jason Brickman Freshman guard shoots 44 percent from the field, though is surname suggests otherwise.

West Regional

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Hippolyte the Greek God, not the Memphis basketball player.
Memphis - Hippolyte Tsafack If the freshman from Cameroon took Greek mythology 101, he'd learn that he shares the name of an Amazonian queen who possessed a magical girdle given to her by her father Ares, the god of war.

Texas - Andy Dick - Freshman guard only played in five games this season, as coach Rick Barnes punished him for his antics during the Comedy Central roast of William Shatner.

Bucknell - Probese Leo - The 6-8, 226-pound freshman from the Bahamas shares the name of a popular weight-loss drug. Perhaps if he were in better shape he'd play more than .3 minutes per game.

Temple - Scootie Randall and Dutch Gaitley -- Scootie and Dutch are the future stars of a buddy-cop sitcom.

Southwest Regional

Vanderbilt - Festus Ezeli - Nigeria native averages 12 points and 3 Seinfeld references per game.

Costner and Bacon were both in Oliver Stone's JFK. They also play basketball together for Saint Peter's.
Saint Peter's - Ryan Bacon and Jordan Costner - Who knew there was only one degree of separation between Bacon and Costner?

Texas A&M - Dash Harris - Speedy junior point guard had nearly 100 assists this season.

Florida State - A.J. Yawn and Derwin Kitchen - Watching Yawn will put you to sleep: he averages just 1.6 minutes per game as a senior. Kitchen, however, can get cooking: he scored 10 points a game, including a few 20-plus point performances, as a senior.

Southeast Regional

Arkansas Little Rock - Gus Leeper - A 6-foot 9-inch freshman whose name suggests he jumps out of the gym.

Utah State - Pooh Williams - At 6-feet 4-inches, the senior from Federal Way, Washington is a bear of a match-up for undersized guards.

BYU - Jimmer Fredette - The one and only. Would his shots fall so easily if his mother had just decided to call him by his birth name, James?

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