College basketball: The nine coolest player nicknames
Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, Indiana
Much like the lovable cartoon character Yogi Bear, the small yet shifty Hoosiers guard loved to eat food as a child, so much so that his mother began to playfully call him "Yogi." Known for his affinity to dish out the rock, Ferrell broke the school record for assists with 546, and the senior averages 6.1 assists per game and 17.1 points per game. After a disappointing start to the season, Ferrell and the Hoosiers are riding a 12-game win streak thanks to his 17.1 points per game and 6.1 assists per game.
Anthony "Cat" Barber, NC State
The quick and agile Barber earned the nickname "Cat" from his older sister, Pam, for those exact reasons. As a child, Barber would run around the house with incredible speed, which ultimately led to the very simple nickname. Barber is having a breakout year in his junior season for the Wolfpack, averaging 22.3 points per game, good for 11th in the country.
Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn Jr., Michigan State
A native of the Bahamas, Nairn was nicknamed "Tum Tum" after a character in the 1992 movie, "3 Ninjas." Only a sophomore, Nairn was named a captain for the 2015-16 season and has seen more opportunities this year at Michigan State. While Nairn only averages 4.1 points per game, the guard is heralded as the Spartan's best perimeter defender and also ranks fifth in country with a turnover ration of 4.76.
Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith, Dayton
As a child, Smith's grandfather, George Blount, began calling him "Scoochie." Smith said he Googled the name and it means "to dance a lot or be annoying," he told the Dayton Daily News. Smith was part of both Dayton teams to advance past the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2014 and 2015. In his junior year, the Flyers finished second in the Atlantic 10 with a 15-3 record and notched marquee wins over Iowa, Vanderbilt and Arkansas. Smith himself is having a good year, averaging 10.3 points per game and a team-high 4.6 assists per game.
Patrick “Four” McGlynn, Rhode Island
McGlynn is the fourth Patrick in his family, so the nickname "Four" came naturally and stuck around thanks to his uncle's quick thinking. McGlynn is at his third school in as four years after transferring from Vermont to Towson and then to Rhode Island. McGlynn averages 12.1 points per game for the Rams.
Razhaun “Bear” Henderson, Eastern Washington
The freshman guard from Mission Hills, California, doesn't see too much action with the Eagles and averages just under two points per game.
Quindarious “Tookie” Brown, Georgia Southern
Only a freshman, Brown is leading Georgia Southern in scoring with 16.6 points per game, including a 20-point showing in a loss to Duke.
RaShawn “Pookie” Powell, La Salle
Powell transfered out of Memphis after his freshman season and will sit out this season at La Salle due to the NCAA transfer rules. At Memphis, Powell averaged 4.3 points per game and a team-best 2.7 assists per game.
Ya’Viel “YaYa” Anderson, Radford
A senior leader for the Highlanders, Anderson averages 5.9 points per game and 1.6 assists per game. Though Anderson's final season at Radford has been as prolific as in the past, he has shown flashes of brilliance, including a 23-point game against Charleston Southern on Jan. 6.