Courtesy of SLAM Magazine
by Rus Bradburd
In the last few years, television announcers have approached a New Mexico State basketball game with the anxiety of a 17-year-old getting ready for his first SAT exam.
That’s because the NMSU Aggies have had a roster that would make the United Nations proud. Here’s a partial list from recent teams: Tshilidzi “Chile” Nephawe from South Africa. Matej Buovac from Croatia. Hernst Laroche from Canada-via-Haiti. Bandja Sy from France. And Hamidu Rahman was from, well, New Jersey, but announcers still balked at his name, the same way opponents did when they saw his hulking 6-11 frame.
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