For some reason, college basketball always yields a ton of players with tremendous names. An'Juan Wilderness. Osiris Eldridge. Bak Bak. Tiny Gallon. Just-in'love Smith. Scientific and Majestic Mapp. Every year, the gents at Storming the Floor compile said names into a preseason all-name team. For 2011, we already have a leader in the clubhouse.
His name -- get ready for it -- is God's Gift Achiuwa.
ZagsBlog's Adam Zagoria scoured the rosters to find God's Gift, a 6-foot-9 Nigerian forward from Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. The big man is being recruited by St. John's, among others, and got his name from his father, a minister in Nigeria seeking to reflect the family's devout religious beliefs in his son's name. Kind of cool, actually.
But he can play? After all, what's in a name, if you don't have game? I'm pretty sure Shakespeare said that. Turns out, he can: Achiuwa averaged 13.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and two blocks per game as a freshman, leading Erie to a 27-2 record and earning himself third-team All-American honors. He's also excelled in the classroom, earning a 4.0 and a 3.8 in his first two semesters at Erie, and leading schools like Kansas, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and St. John's to show an interest.
Is it as good as Just-in'love? Maybe not. But if God's Gift ever takes his game to the Division I ranks, he's a lock for first-team all-name, no matter who else is on the team. Punny headline writers everywhere may now commence salivating.