North Florida freshman band member Stephen Putnam already was well known around the school and in Jacksonville for his wild dances during the first time out of the second half of Ospreys' games. Now he'll get to show his stuff in the NCAA Tournament.
North Florida beat South Carolina Upstate on Sunday to win the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Putnam captured the attention of the television cameras early in the second half when he did his wild dance meant to help fire up the team.
Putnam told the Florida Times-Union he first did his dancing at a volleyball match in the fall. It took hold when he performed earlier in the basketball season and he's been doing it ever since. We say performed, but this isn't exactly Fred Astaire or Michael Jackson stuff here. It's more possessed, crazy person and we can't wait to see it again in the first round of the tournament in two weeks.
"I got used to being the crazy guy in high school, so I’m just carrying it over to college,” Putnam told the Times-Union.
By the way, he also plays the baritone.
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