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Saturday, January 29, 2011
It's Zeek, not Zeke

By Peter Yoon

Long overdue post here.

As most UCLA fans know by now, point guard Lazeric Jones goes by the nickname "Zeek." What many do not know, however, is the correct spelling of that nickname. It's Zeek.

Before the season began, I sat down with Jones and asked him about the nickname. He said the nickname came because his father was a big fan of Isaiah Thomas, the former Indiana and Detroit Pistons standout who also went by the nickname, but spelled it Zeke.

"That was his favorite player, so he started calling me that as I grew up," said Jones, who grew up in Chicago. "But we spell it Z-E-E-K. I guess he just wanted to be different."