Kim English, Twitter poet

Kim English is a different breed. The Missouri guard is renowned for his famed workout regimen, which saw him spend his nights in Mizzou's athletics center so he could wake up early every day and work out before heading off to classes. He's also been outspoken about his childhood, when he suffered with a speech impediment that tacked on extra ridicule to the whole "being named Kim in elementary school" thing, which couldn't have been much fun, either.

English also comes across as an enlightened sort, that rare college student with enough perspective at 18, 19, 20 and 21 to see outside his own little world -- in his case, college hoops; your mileage may vary -- and realize that life also holds something bigger.

Exhibit A, via BIAH, is a fun little string of tweets English put together analyzing Rudyard Kipling's classic poem "If" and applying it to the modern college hoopster's life. (The words in quotes are Kipling's, and the additions belong to English):

"If you can keep your had when all about you Are losing theirs...." -stay poised and be your teams calming force in a tough time.

"If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you" - Game winning free throws in NCAA sec round, with 5.5 secs left and ur 65% on the year

"But make allowance for their doubting too" - after you make them, be humble and don't throw their doubt in their face.

"if you can wait, and not be tired by waiting" -You play little minutes as a freshmen, but you stay true to the game, come early, leave late

"..Or being hated, dont give way to hating" -only intake info crucial to your teams success, reject all other information. you dont need it.

"And dont look too good, nor talk too wise" -fundamentals are best, trash talk is never necessary. let you game do your talking.

"If you can dream, and not make dreams your master" -Dream of the NBA, but never allow that dream interfere with the teams success.

"If you can think, and not make thoughts your aim" -You just loss, all you think about is the rematch. don't lose focus on the next 8 games

So maybe it's not Kipling itself, but it's pretty good stuff. If you had a young child of your own interested in basketball, and you needed an example to make Rudyard Kipling seem cool -- not that you should, because I'm pretty sure Rudyard Kipling was the most interesting man in the world -- English just provided as much.

At the very least, it beats the usual. "Just shot 1,000 times and ate a delicious burrito! Holler back!" (Not that burritos aren't delicious, or that I don't tweet about them. They totally are.)