Chris Jackson (LSU, 1988-1990): Before changing his name and being unjustly harassed for his political ideals, Jackson was a two-season Cajun superstar (he averaged over 30 a night as a freshman). As a sophomore, he played on an LSU team that had Shaquille O’Neal at center and 7-foot, 285-pound Stanley Roberts at power forward.
Adam Morrison (Gonzaga, 2003-2006): He had the best Maui Invitational ever, and a mustache that failed. What’s says college basketball more than that?
Scott May (Indiana, 1973-1976): The textbook example of a man created only for the college game. His kid might be similar. Both warrant recognition.
Rex Chapman (Kentucky, 1986-1988): There’s a book in the library that described Rex like this: “Jumps like a brother, shoots like your mother.” Supposedly Chapman did have a lot of 7-for-18 games in his life, but the 7 he made were frequently worth it. He was clutch. And folks in Kentucky still loves Rex Chapman.
Juan Dixon (Maryland, 1998-2002): No matter what happens, I’ll always feel that Juan Dixon had much more talent than Steve Blake. And I and many other folks in the free world like Steve Blake; I just can’t understand how the things Dixon did at Maryland couldn’t translate to the next level. And that makes me like him more.
Rick Mount (Purdue, 1966-1970): The fact that folks still refer to Rick Mount as the definitive paragon of jump shot purity is one of life’s most incredible mysteries.
Tom Gola (La Salle, 1952-1955): Fellows from La Salle put up bongo numbers. Gola had 2,201 career rebounds. True, they came during a time when boards were easier to come by. Still, how does a guy end up with more rebounds in three seasons than the number of points Patrick Ewing scored in four?