Short white guys have been crucial to basketball for ages, or really whenever it was that players started using agents. Celebrating the ones who actually get on the court, The Kingsbury Factor.
From a Boston native who once hit six threes in a high school game and sadly still brings it up, TKF is an absurdist, NCAA-centric blog that ranks and intricately compiles the best American/Canadian-born white dudes under 6'4", according to their three-point shooting prowess, strength of schedule, and "the Kingsbury factor", vaguely defined as "how often said shooter applies the life lessons of former Iowa sharpshooter Chris Kingsbury to his own game" -- which these days, mostly consists of how to amortize a loan. Some choice highlights:
Brendan McKillop (6-0, Davidson, Senior): "Not totally a great shooter, B Mac fills out the final spot essentially all based on the fact that Steph (Curry) might've touched him, and somehow transferred over his shooting prowess, like Rogue on the X-Men, or George Baruth in that Matt Christopher book The Kid Who Only Hit Homers."
Devon Beitzel (6-0, Northern Colorado, Senior): "Beitzel smartly snubbed Ivy League recruitment to attend Northern Colorado, just so he could tell people he plays ball at UNC. He also finished his HS career as a captain in Lafayette, CO, which is just one town over from a Buffalo Wild Wings, so expect the bulk of his games to go into sextuple overtime."
Tyrel Reed (6-3, Kansas, Senior): "The son of a coach, TR already finished his coursework, and is only doing an internship during the season, presumably at a name pathologist, so he can figure out why his parents decided to name him 'Tyrel'".
The site's also got a detailed FAQ that references both The Human Stain & Eddie House, and features a surprisingly in-depth muckraking essay on former Kentucky sharpshooter/mustache aficionado Richie Farmer (with Rex Chapman references!), who has gone on to dominate yet another role made exclusively for short, white dudes: Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner.
Published: December 14, 2010 at 4:00am EST
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