Pat Ewing Jr., you may have noticed, has developed seven or eight unique handshakes that he dispenses to seven or eight different teammates. Each one is distinct. They're all deployed at the start of the game, during introductions, but also on the bench, and on the court after good plays, and in line at the G'town cafeteria, and whatnot. Jessie Sapp told me that their particular handshake involves eight different maneuvers, and is "too much to explain."
"It's hard to remember man," Ewing agreed. "It's tough sometimes,
"He came to me one day like, 'I've got a handshake just for me and you,' " Sapp told me. "He's got a different one for everybody. I don't know what he's thinking. This is new. Last year we had something totally different. Last year all of us had the same one, this year he gave everybody their own one."
The Ewing-Tyler Crawford shake is some sort of homage to a Dave Chappelle skit. Jeremiah Rivers doesn't yet have a shake but they're trying to think of something; "it's taken us all year," Ewing admitted. "I mean, I've used them all, man."
Jon Wallace, though, declined to have a special Ewing-conceived handshake; "I just keep it simple," he said, "high fives and go about my business."
* The Wash Times's Barker Davis was asking the Hoyas who talks the most in the Big East, and at least one player said it was Ewing. Hibbert said Ewing gets in his head during practice, and "it's not a pretty sight." He said Ewing's specialty is to sing at Hibbert "Got no left, got no left," to the tune of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable."
* Tyler Crawford on Chris Wright's sideline wardrobe choices: "He's got style, he's got taste. The dude looks like a coach."
* Crawford on Jon Wallace: "He just doesn't like scary movies. That's not him. He just doesn't go. Anything like 'Saw,' any type of Hannibal Lecter movie, anything with gore, anything like that he doesn't like."
Hibbert on Wallace: "He's terrified of scary movies. He will not watch a scary movie at all."
Wallace on scary movies: "I just don't do scary movies. I just never was a big horror movie type person. I'm sticking to comedies."
Hibbert on Wallace: "Freshman year we were walking across the Key Bridge, he was afraid of walking across the key bridge. He doesn't like bridges very much."
Wallace on bridges: "I'd rather not. Heights, water, that's not me."
This video is not, sadly, of the introductory handshakes, but it does play on the big screen just before intros.
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