When it comes to greatness in sports and the #12, it seems like football quarterbacks in College & Pro have a lock. Namath, Bradshaw, Staubach, Rodgers, Stabler, Griese, Brady, and I can go on forever. But right now I love College Hoops and thought I'd take a stab at famous #12's of the college hardwood on this rare day that won't come around again for another 100 years.
I was hoping I could think of 12 #12's, and give you a TOP 12 list, but I could only think of 5 really good ones and here they are....
5. Derek Harper, Illinois - Derek played 3 seasons for the Fighting Illini and was named to their Men's Basketball All Century team. Harper flourished in the NBA and is one of the league's most durable players of all-time logging 1,199 games over his 16 year career.
4. Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -Remembered as the main cog in Georgia Tech's "Lethal Weapon 3" with Dennis Scott and Brian Oliver, who led the Jackets to the Final Four in 199o. Anderson was a consensus NCAA All-American in 1991 with 2 years of eligibility before leaving the College ranks for the NBA Draft.
3. John Stockton, Gonzaga Bulldogs - Before going on to a stellar Hall of Fame NBA career, Stockton was busy tearing up the West Coast Conference where he was named the Player of the Year in in 1984. He's the 3rd all-time leader in assists, and first all-time in steals for the Zags.
2. Phil Ford, North Carolina Tar Heels -When you think UNC, you usually think Michael Jordan first. Phil Ford was actually the all-time leading scorer for the Heels before Tyler Hansbrough surpassed him in 2008. Ford was a 3-Time consensus All-American, Member of the 1976 Gold Medal Olympic team, and was recently inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame on November 18, 2012.
1. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Bearcats - The Big "O" or "Mr. Basketball" averaged 33.8 points per game throughout his college career and was the all-time leading scorer in college history until Pistol Pete from LSU came on the scene. He led the nation in scoring 3 straight years and set 14 NCAA records and 19 school records while leading the Bearcats to two Final Fours. He was a 3 time consensus All-American and has won a list of awards too long to mention (that goes for the NBA too). He went on to team up with Jerry West and lead the USA to a Gold medal in the 1960 Olympics.
Those are my top 5 #12's in College Hoops. Surely you can think of a few more? Please shoot me a response if you can think of some!
Only 98 days until the First Four tip off! I LOVE COLLEGE HOOPS!