The Return Of The Basketball Flat Top [Photos]

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The flat top (a.k.a. the hi-top fade), one of the most stylish trends to ever land atop basketball players’ domes, has made a triumphant return. The ‘do reached its apex in the late ’80s and early ’90s with ballers such as Patrick EwingScottie Pippen, Charles Oakley, David Robinson, John Starks, Dominique Wilkins, Chris Mullin, Rick Fox, J.R. Reid, Kenny Walker, Robert Horry, Dee Brown, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Shrempf.

And then it disappeared for 20 years. Nobody knows why.

Thank goodness Milwaukee Bucks’ point guard Brandon Jennings brought sexy flat top back to the NBA a couple years ago. He’s since shaved it, but inspired a couple other players to grow theirs. Now the flat top’s spread into the college ranks, and probably throughout high schools and middle schools. Maybe it just needed a full generation to rest. Here’s visual proof that the hi-top is back on top.

1. Brandon Jennings — The Hair Up There (RIP)

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Here’s another view of Jennings, just as Denzel finishes saying, “MY MAN!”

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2. Ryan Evans (Wisconsin) — Big Tent

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Evans has rocked his since 2010. It’s a lower grade flat top but he gets high marks for style.

3. Iman Shumpert (Knicks) — Seven Inches Of Heaven

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4. Fred Thomas (Mississippi State) — Flat Top Fred

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Check out SB Nation’s great rundown on the MSU flat top hero.

5. Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) — Block Party On The Top

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Top NBA prospect Noel will have to summon the power of the flat top during his recovery from an ACL tear. Get well soon.

6. Ryan Harrow (Kentucky) — The Wild Copycat

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Harrow made good on his promise to match Noel’s style if the latter committed to Kentucky. Good on him for following through. Here’s Noel and Harrow side by side:

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Photo via Kentucky Basketball Forum

7. Norris Cole (Heat) — Elevation

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It’s hard to get face time in South Beach with The King and D-Wade around, but Cole found a way to stand out.

8. Marshall Wood (Virginia Tech) — Power Upward

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Freshman Marshall Wood knows a good trend. A sign that many more flat tops will come. Don’t call it a comeback.

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