Don’t look now but today’s youngins—sports athletes included—are making a valiant attempt to bring back the high-top box cut, a popular 1990′s hairstyle from what is unofficially known as the Fresh Prince era. Among the suspects in sports? A few include the NBA’s IMAN SHUMPERT and NORRIS COLE, TIQUAN UNDERWOOD from the NFL and NCAA basketball’s NERLENS NOEL…
IMAN SHUMPERT, New York Knicks Iman is the smooth, swagger-sufficient swing man for the Knicks. Shump’s style and sense of fashion sort of lends itself to reinventing the boxcut revolution. Presently, Iman’s high-top is just over mid-level…but growing.
TIQUAN UNDERWOOD, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tiquan is a former Rutgers wideout (had to plug that) that goes by the nickname, “Hi-Topz” and you can see why. Underwood’s do has reached skyscraper mode and may require its own area code. Dude must use a spatula to get his hi-top fade inside his helmet on Sundays.
NORRIS COLE, Miami Heat This young, second-year Heatle has experimented with the hi-top while in college at Cleveland State. Looks like he’s back for more in Miami. Labeled the Fresh Prince of Miami, Cole looks more like Waldo Faldo from “Family Matters.” No word yet on if Cole intends to take his mid-level do even higher.
NERLENS NOEL, Kentucky Wildcats Noel is kind of new to the scene, a Haitian-American fabulous frosh stepping in to fill Anthony Davis’s shoes at Kentucky. The one thing that stands out about this kid (besides his tremendous raw talent) is his hi-top fade. Like Underwood, Noel’s do is doing the beanstalk thingy, his hair level straddling the stratosphere. A superb shot blocker, we await the moment N-Double uses his hair to block a shot. You know it’s coming.