Thursday, March 21, 2019

Singing: “Hot Boys, Baby you’ve got, what I want….”

Welcome back to My Super Sweet 16, the hotties of the tournament! Yesterday I gave you my first eight picks and now it’s time for part II. Study up because tonight’s games will definitely be filled with these players and you need to be prepared! The games are aired regionally so check and make sure CBS is broadcasting the hottie you want! Otherwise, find a better bar or boot up the laptop!

Enjoy the show!

Oh and if you have any other players you think should be on the list, please, let me know! I’m all for looking up more hot basketball players and promoting them!



#9 Nic Wise, guard


Nic was a huge standout in high school and lead his team to the Texas state championship. His college stats have been solid, but not up to what people expected. But this past year, Little Nic became part of what is known as the Big Three–the dominating force behind Arizona’s success.nic-wise-arizona-21

When Nic and his fellow Big Three buddies, Chase Budinger and  Jordan Hill are all on and working together, they are  absolutely fabulous. He’s tiny, only 5’10, but he can run the floor, drive to the basket and hit the sweet shot. That’s Hot!

Game Day Stats: averages 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists per game

Personal stats:

  • 5’10, 177 pounds
  • Birthday: 9/8/1987
  • Parents: Greg Wise


#10 Preston Knowles

preston-knowles-louisvilleGotta give props to Preston! He chose to go to Louisville because he knew Coach Rick Pitino would be great for his personal growth and could really make him a better person. And in return, he has given back to the team in a huge way.

Game Day Stats: averages 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds per game .He leads the Big East in three-point shooting percentage and could be a deadly threat at the end of a game–he is just a bit inconsistent still. Personally I feel he makes up for that with his yumminess. Boys do not usually agree with that fact.

Personal Stats:

  • 6’1, 170 pounds
  • Born March 26, 1989
  • Parent: mom Kym Gipson
  • Siblings: sisters Ashley Jamilla Conner, two younger brothers Tavon Lay, Anthony Lay
  • Major: psychology with a minor in business and marketing, currently a sophomore
  • Likes: He has a soft, sensitive side and likes reading poetry and daydreaming. And cuddling with his puppy! How cute!


also worth mentioning: Will Scott

I just wanted to give a quick mention to Will. I felt that Preston gave a bit more to the team and that’s why he ultimately got a spot in my Sweet 16 but I was really struck by Will.

will-scott-louisvilleAfter reading an article about all of Will’s accomplishments, I was a bit wowed. He’s not your “typical jock stereotype.” This kid has looks, skill and brains all together. He was recently accepted into Oxford’s exclusive and elite program to study Chinese, hoping to one day be a Chinese diplomat.

He already has his bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in Chinese and is currently working on his master’s in business administration. Through it all, even while being apart of Rick Pitino’s elite squad, he has maintained a 3.9 GPA.

“I think that’s tremendous. I’m real proud of Will. He’s been a delight to coach. He transferred from Cornell [University] because he wanted to be a part of big time basketball. He’s never had a bad day personality-wise and he’s always upbeat. Regardless of if he plays or not, it doesn’t matter [to him]. He’s been a shining light for our program for the time he’s been here.” ~Rick Pitino from The Louisville Cardinal


#10 Jonny Flynn, guard

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Jonny’s leadership and drive has been a huge part of Syracuse’s tournament success this year.  In his freshman year, he was thrust into the leading position and he ran with it. He became the Big East Co-Rookie of the Year. His sophomore year has been even more impressive as he has continued to grow and develop as a player and a leader. There is much speculation about him joining the NBA draft at the end of this year and if he is actually ready for that.

He is a little guy, even by point guard standards but he is quick and can really handle the ball. He has a really sweet three-point shot–when he can make it. He’s not the most consistent. And his major downfall is that he wishes he was a little bit taller. He tends to try to power into the basket only to get tied up by the bigger, badder defenders. But it’s super hot to watch him take it to the basket and be able to dunk the ball, then step back a few plays later and sink an outside shot!

Game Day Stats: averages 17.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists per game.

Personal Stats:

  • 6’0, 185 pounds
  • 2/6/1989, Niagra Falls, NY
  • Parents: Rev. William and Deirdre Flynn.
  • Siblings: sister Tabitha
  • Major: communication and rhetorical studies, currently a sophomore





#11. The Griffin Brothers

It would be impossible for me to mention one without the other, especially given my history of loving basketball-playing-brothers. These two represent everything that is great and wonderful about basketball: hottie brothers playing it, and playing it well!

Yeah okay, there are other great things about basketbll but who can really deny hottie brothers double the pleasure and double the fun? The NY Times printed a fantastic article about the brothers!


Meet: Blake Austin Griffin, forward


Blake is the younger of the two Griffin boys but this baby bro is the star of the team. There’s really not much more I can say about him that hasn’t already been said. He is in the Top 10 Big Names, if not the Biggest Big Name, of college basketball right now, meaning Sportscenter and every announcer, sportswriter and analyst sweats him.

And for good reason! He is hot! Just kidding….sort of….

The Sooners have always been known for their football prowess (mmmm Sam Bradford…….yum….) but Blake’s amazing talent really put Oklahoma on the basketball map too. Players all over the country began to sit up and think, “I want to go to Oklahoma! I want to play with Blake.”

He is super talented and fiercely competitive. He will do anything for the win.  Other teams are calling him The Terminator because he goes into game mode and nothing affects him. He just plays. This poor guy is constantly being injured and beat up on the court with other teams physically attacking him and he just stands up, shakes the dirt off and goes on. His retailiation? Winning the game. During the first weekend of March Madness,    flipped him over in this crazy Wrestle Mania type move and slammed Blake on his already injured back.

Rumors and speculations are flying about the upcoming NBA draft. Even though Oklahoma has managed to recruit some stellar players in the last two years, there is no denying Blake is the epicenter of their success.

Just a warning, sometimes he looks really weird looking. The camera doesn’t always love him. But watch him play and you will totally appreciate it! He is fantastic.

Game Day Stats: averages 21.9 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Personal Stats:

  • 6’10, 250 pounds
  • Birthdate: 3/16/1989
  • Major: pre-health and exercise science, currently a sophomore
  • Parents: Gail & Tommy Griffin.


Meet: Taylor Griffin, forward


I feel bad because no one can talk about Taylor without talking about Blake. The funny thing is that if it wasn’t for Taylor, there would be no Blake. Taylor sparked that fierce competitve streak in Blake from the time they were little boys. Over the years, that brotherly love and competition really drove Blake to be the player he has become.

Taylor is even the one that convinced Blake to head to Oklahoma instead of the elite ACC teams like Duke. Even if it meant that Taylor would never be the star of his own team. He was just happy to play with his bro again. Their father Tommy coached the boys’  high school basketball team that they played on together before Taylor went to college.taylor-griffin-21

Taylor is two years older and will be graduating this year.

Game Day Stats: averages 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

Personal stats

  • 6’7, 238 pounds
  • Birthdate: 4/18/1986
  • Major: pre-health and exercise sciences, currently a senior
  • Father Facts: Dad Tommy coached the bros during high school.

***I don’t know what they are putting in the water in Oklahoma but they are just attracting hotties! Cade Davis is also worth checking out. Such a little cutie pie!



#12. Sherron Collins, guard


First off, I have to confess, I am a sucker for short point guards who rock the #4. Just a thing I have. Second, I have a thing for Kansas point guards. But even if those weren’t the case, Sherrell is actually worthy of my Sweet 16 nomination!

Sherron was a shining star last season in the National Championship game against Memphis. He didn’t start but wound up playing most of the game and racked in 11 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. His clutch three-point shot with 1:46 remaining in the game brought KU back from being down nine. Who can forget Mario Chalmers’ game-tying three pointer with 2.1 left? Well, it was Sherron that got the ball to Chalmers for that shot.sherron-collins1

His skills and floor presence have been developing rapidly and he has become the solid foundation of the team.

Game Day Stats: averages 18.3 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. The teams lead scorer.

Personal Stats:

  • Full name: Sherron Marlon Collins
  • 5’11, 200 pounds
  • Parents: mom Stacy Harris
  • Major: African and African American Studies, currently a sophomore
  • Others: he was also a wide receiver AND star pitcher for his high school. Talk about your well rounded athletes.

Michigan State

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#14 Delvon Roe, forward


This kid has a whole lot of potential and I can’t wait to watch him grow into it! He was a star in high school until his senior year when he was sidelined after the first game because of his knee surgery. That first game boasted impressive numbers and a dunk that was listed in the Top 10 plays on ESPN.

In February, Delvon was named Big 10 Player of the Week after his solid performance against rivals, Michigan. He pulled down 14 points and 10 rebounds, 11 of the points coming in his explosive first half performance.

game day stats: averages 6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game

Personal Stats:

  • 6’7, 215 pounds
  • Birthdate: 10/3/1989, Ohio
  • Parents: Delvon and Tracey
  • Major: Criminal justice, currently a freshman




#15 Steven Grey


Here’s another little guy on the brink of setting NCAA basketball on fire! Despite being injured for the first half his freshmen season, he broke out and really began to shine last year. He was nearly lethal with his 46% 3-point shooting percentage. He even held his own going into the 2008 tournament but unfortunately, the Zags came up against Davidson and pitted Steven Grey against Stephen Curry, who was having a huge breakout run of his own.

This year has been a little bit quieter for Grey. He’s been coming off the bench and all the analysts say he looks a little unsure of himself. He has the potential, he just needs to believe it a little big more and he will definitely be a shining star.

Game Day Stats: averages 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game

Personal Stats:

  • 6’5, 208 pounds
  • 4/8/1989
  • Parents: Robert and Lorraina. Robert was ball player for University of Kentucky
  • Siblings: sister Brittany who is baskeball star for Gonzaga women’s team


also worth mentioning: Matt Bouldin, guard


People will definitely think I’m crazy but I have a slight thing for this floppy, curly haired boy. What can I say, dark hair and curls get me every time! He is one the team’s leading scorers and playmakers. His great instincts and natural ability have been a a huge part of Gonzaga’s success.

And it’s just fun to watch his hair while he runs! Well, until it gets really sweaty. Ew.

Game Day Stats: average 13.7 points, 4.1 rebounsd and 3.5 assists per game.

He’s 6’5, 224 pounds of floppy hair!



#16 Tyler Hansbrough, forward


Once again, there isn’t much I can say about this guy that hasn’t already been said. He is the Mr. Big Name. And apparently, this poster of him shows that he is also Mr. Teen Beat.

I definitely need to warn everyone, he does not always look so perfect and air-brushed. He can be a hot mess. But his body is hot and his play is top-notch, so even in those moments when his nose gets smashed in–again—he still works it.

Game Day Stats:


  • Atlantic Coast Conference All Conference Team: 2006. 2007, 2008…etc….
  • ACC Freshman of the Year, 2006
  • ACC Conference Player of the Year, 2008
  • Sports Illustrated and Sporting News National Player of the Year, 2008

He’s so good that his number will actually be retired when he graduates.

Personal Stats:

  • Full Name: Andrew Tyler Hansbrough. Wow. As if Tyler wasn’t hot-boy name enough! Andrew is another Hot-Boy Name! Double the hotness! (For the record, I have concluded that “Nick” is the ultimate Hot Boy name.)
  • Birthdate: November 3, 1985
  • 6’8, 240 pounds of hard muscle….
  • Parents: Dr. Gene Hansbrough and Tami Wheat (ironic for me because my friend Nick—who is the hottest guy I know and helped me conclude that the name Nick is a Hot Boy Name—has the nickname Wheat).
  • Siblings: Ben Hansbrough, also a college ball player.


Also worth mentioning: Wayne Ellington

I have to at least through a quick yummy to Wayne Ellington because this photo is just….well, yeah. Yum.


Did you miss the first half? Rewind and take a look of the hot boys from the first day of the Sweet16 match-ups!

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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