Last night, Streaking the Lawn had this conversation with Justin Anderson (sorry, Will):
That got me thinking. If the Virginia Basketball team members were Disney songs, which ones would they be?
Justin Anderson: Just Can't Wait to be King, The Lion King
This is clearly the easiest. Virginia's "Simba" has stepped up from his sophomore season, and he's ready to take the helm.
Malcolm Brogdon: Heigh Ho, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Not the most exciting of songs, but a tribute to Uncle Malcolm's drive and dedication to improving his game and working hard. He dig, dig, dig, digs in games, then home from work he goes. Most likely to do all the schoolwork that comes with being in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, but still.
London Perrantes: Hakuna Matata, The Lion King
It means no worries, which loosely translates to #CaliSwag. Side note, is there a better moment in a Disney song than when adult Simba breaks in? Sad to see JTT go, though.
Anthony Gill: Tale as Old as Time, Beauty and the Beast
Ok, stay with me here. While the overall gist of the song may not scream AG to you...think of his game. The beauty of a jumper or a timely rebound and put-back. The beast of battling for boards and getting to the line. It's all there. Don't over think it.
Mike Tobey: I'll Make a Man Out of You, Mulan
We all love Mike Tobey, but a common request from the fan base is to get more aggressive. Let's get down to business, to defeat...the Devils. Close second was Kiss the Girl from The Little Mermaid.
Darion Atkins: Zero to Hero, Hercules
CLARIFICATION: NO ONE THINKS DA IS A ZERO, OR EVER WAS. This song was chosen solely to illustrate his jump from first to second year, then again from third to fourth. Darion's injury was a bummer in his second year, but the steps he has made to emerge as a defensive stalwart and an offensive asset is truly impressive.
Evan Nolte: You Can Fly!, Peter Pan
Devon Hall: Whistle While You Work, Sleeping Beauty and the Seven Dwarves
Devon has certainly put in his fair share of work for Virginia Basketball, both in redshirting his first year, and working hard in the off-season. Coach Bennett often called him the most-improved from last year to this year, and shots like the cold-blooded three ball he rained on Virginia Tech on Sunday show us why.
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Marial Shayok: Why Should I Worry, Oliver and Company
Why should Marial worry about being a first year? He's too busy burying shots and playing filthy defense. Also, can't go wrong with some Billy Joel.
Isaiah Wilkins: One Jump Ahead, Aladdin
Have you seen this kid when he gets a block? Definitely at least three jumps ahead.
Jack Salt: A Part of Your World, The Little Mermaid
Jack Salt, along with having the greatest name, is also the one that traveled the furthest to play for the Wahoos. So, it was either this one or A Whole New World from Aladdin...and Aladdin has been well represented so 7 year old me won this battle.
BJ Stith: Friend Like Me, Aladdin
I am convinced no one has more fun at games than BJ. Everyone needs a friend like him.
The Green Machine: The Work Song, Cinderella
Rob, Caid, Maleek, and Jeff are always up to do whatever is necessary to get Virginia ready for
Prince Charming's ball the next opponent.
Coach Bennett: Be Prepared, The Lion King
There isn't a practice, interview, challenge, or game that the incomparable Tony Bennett isn't prepared for. Clearly he isn't as ominous as Scar, however.
@JusAnderson1 My job here is done.
— StreakingTheLawn.com (@TheUVAFool) January 28, 2015
If I could have, all of The Little Mermaid related songs would have been included, along with Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and A Girl Worth Fighting For from Mulan. But, I couldn't figure out a way to make Les Poissons fit anyone's game. Any you think I missed? Leave a comment below...remember, this is all in good fun!
Note: Post has been updated as Devon Hall was left off initially. SORRY DEVON!! NOTHING PERSONAL!!