Go Slam or go home.

Name: Slam

Height: 5’7″ (1.52 m)

Weight: 157 lbs. (71.2 kg)

Hometown: Madison, New Hampshire (USA)

College: Syracuse University (New York)

New Hampshire legend has it that Slam was born into this world with his hands up and his feet set, ready to shoot.  Only seconds old, Slam looked at his parents and shouted his first words with urgency: “Pass me the rock!”  Slam was born two months premature with a twin brother, and he explains this phenomenon very matter of factly: “The shot clock was running down and there was no time to waste.”   And about his twin? “I needed somebody to set me a pick so I could get a shot off.”  Since then, he has used his killer instinct to critique every pass, shot, steal or block that comes his way.  He speaks with conviction and writes with such fervor that he frequently forgets to punctuate.  He sometimes uses his distinct, high-pitched laughter to mask the mispronunciations of difficult Eastern European names.  Players like Novica Velickovic and Sarunas Jasikevicius can sometimes be his tongue’s nemesis, but he has shown the type of work ethic necessary to overcome long strings of consonants.

Freaknick leaves it all on the floor.

Name: Freaknick

Height: 6’2″ (1.83 m)

Weight: 186 lbs. (84.4 kg)

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia (USA)

College: Syracuse University (New York)

Whereas Slam arrived ready to shoot his way to stardom, Freaknick was born with his gameface on looking to crash the boards.  He refused to walk upright and spent his first years diving on the ground for loose balls, and to counteract the chronic floor burns he decided to have knee-high socks surgically attached to his legs at age 4.  Despite relentless cruelty and insults from his peers, he continued to carry a clipboard and a Sharpie everywhere he went and demanded a huddle around him every time he spoke.  There is no doubt that Freaknick has the knowledge and ability to succeed at the next level, but scouts worry that his propensity to babble may translate to run-on sentences in the blogosphere.  He could benefit greatly from an occasional deep breath and needs to keep it simple as he has displayed a tendency to emphasize the wrong syllables of Spanish and Italian names.  All in all, he is still one of the more intriguing prospects in the Southeastern United States and teaming up with Slam should give them both a chance to hone their skills and develop into an effective tandem down the road.