Kentucky big man Josh Harrellson went from insignificant bench guy a year ago to becoming a valuable post presence during the Wildcats’ Final Four run this season. His career at UK is really an amazing story — he was in Billy Gillispie’s doghouse and once was told to remain in a bathroom stall for the second half of a game. He only scored 28 points in 22 games a season ago. But this year Harrellson developed into a force down low and averaged nearly 9 points and 8 rebounds per game. All the while he remained a fan favorite thanks to his personality and relationship with the fans, which all started when Kentucky Sports Radio nicknamed him “Jorts” after seeing a picture of him in jean shorts while on a recruiting trip.
Harrellson embraced the jorts nickname and has created a website to promote his “Jorts Tour” he’ll be embarking on. He needs a little work on his pitchman skills, but his enthusiasm is on the money. Check it out:
This dude has a whole line of Jorts 55 gear and has three dates scheduled for the tour where he’ll be signing autographs. So, is Harrellson trying to milk his 15 minutes of fame or will he be embraced by Kentucky fans for a lifetime? You make the call.