A year later, I found a more secure and stylish way to pay respects to basketball pioneers. In 1991, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson, and Jimmy King were recruited to play at the University of Michigan, and were regarded as the greatest recruiting class ever assembled. They became the bad boys of college basketball for being young, black, good, and confident. How dare black people acknowledge their talent. How dare black people express themselves unapologetically, sporting black socks and sneakers, long shorts, bald heads, and tattoos, deviating from the norm of tight shorts and geriatric shoes. How dare a group of guys usher in a new era of self-expression that carried over to the NBA. At the time they were lambasted for being themselves. Now, the style they started is the standard. They were the antithesis to the cookie-cutter, "respectable" black guys at Duke, and Jalen Rose made no qualms about being outspoken.