It's ok, you can cry. They don't call me Huggy Bear for nothing.
Da’Sean Butler led the No. 8 West Virginia Mountaineers to an 84-66 victory over the Portland Pilots last night in the championship game of the 76 Classic. The loss was Portland’s first of the season after big wins over UCLA and No. 16 Minnesota earlier in the tournament.
Not to be lost in all of the excitement, this was also a matchup between the sons of NBA greats Jack Sikma and Jerry West. Luke Sikma, a junior forward for the Pilots, fouled out in 25 minutes but led his team with 8 rebounds. Jonnie West, a junior guard for the Mountaineers, only registered 2 points but he did get a block, which is a big deal for guards.
In addition to Sikma and West, there are a number of other familiar surnames in college basketball this year including Indiana guard Jeremiah Rivers (son of Doc), Duke guard Seth Curry (son of Dell), South Florida guard Jordan Dumars (son of Joe), and Georgia Tech guard Glen Rice, Jr. (son of Glen Sr.).
Interestingly, the sons of the Seattle SuperSonics, er, Oklahoma City Thunder, are the most well-represented group in college basketball right now, with Arizona State guard Jamelle McMillan (son of Nate) and UCLA forward Alex Schrempf (son of Detlef) joining the aforementioned Luke Sikma in Division I. And with Auburn’s recent signing of high school senior Shawn Kemp, Jr. (son of Shawn Sr.), this exclusive group will continue to grow.
Of course, there are also Illinois guard Jeff Jordan and UCF guard Marcus Jordan, both sons of “His Airness” Michael. And luckily for Luke Sikma, the Pilots do not face any of the Jordans this year so he doesn’t have to worry about being on the wrong end of a repeat of Michael’s classic dunk over his dad (which lands at number 5 on this clip of Jordan’s 10 best dunks).
Big thanks to Storming the Floor for compiling a list of the spawn of the NBA.