Marquette is in the Big East now, adding more luster to a conference with a lot of history. The Golden Eagles produced Dwyane Wade, who has gone on to a legendary NBA career.
BUTLER: GORDON HAYWARD
Gordon Hayward almost hit one of the most dramatic shots in NCAA tournament history, one that would have given Butler a massive upset of Duke. The shot didn’t go in but the 6-foot-8 Hayward had already cemented his place as a Top 10 pick in the draft. The Utah Jazz selected him ninth in 2010 and he would play there until 2017. Hayward signed a free agent with the Boston Celtics and suffered a horrible leg injury in the regular-season opener.
CREIGHTON: PAUL SILAS
Paul Silas was a warrior, fierce and intimidating. He played for five teams in a career that lasted from 1964-80. A three-time NBA champ, Silas averaged 9.9 RPG and was a strong force on the boards.
DEPAUL: GEORGE MIKAN
George Mikan was in many ways the first true big man superstar in NBA history. He is a five-time BAA/NBA champ, a two-time NBL champ, was on the 25th and 35th All-NBA teams and the top 50 players of all-time.
GEORGEToWN: PAtRICK EWING
Patrick Ewing won an NCAA crown at Georgetown, where he currently coaches. He was the first choice in the 1985 NBA Draft and became the franchise player the New York Knicks desperately needed. An 11-time All-Star, Ewing scored 24,815 points and collected 11,617 rebounds. The only line missing from his resume: NBA champion.
MARQUETTE: Dwyane wade
Dwyane Wade is one of the most charismatic players of his generation. The Heat drafted him fifth overall and he became a three-time NBA champion. Wade is a 13-time All-Star, who is currently in his second run with Miami. An absolute great player.
PROVIDENCE: lenny wilkens
Lenny Wilkens was coach on the court so it was no surprise he didn’t want until his career was over on the court to become a player-coach. Wilkens held that role with the Seattle Supersonics and for a short time held the same role in Portland. A four-time All-Star Game head coach and one-time NBA champion, Wilkens averaged 16.5 ppg, 6.7 apg and 4.7 rpg.
SETON HALL: BOBBY WANZER
Bobby Wanzer (center on panel) was the 10th overall pick by the Rochester Royals in 1948. He went on to win a championship with them in 1951. Wanzer is a five-time All-Star in a career that saw him average better than 12 ppg, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
ST. JOHN’S: CHRIS MULLIN
The current St. John’s basketball coach was a star in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors. A five-time All-Star, Mullin scored nearly 18,000 points while averaging 18 ppg.
VILLANOVA: PAUL ARIZIN
Paul Arizon won one championship in his NBA career, which came in 1956. He was a 10-time All-Star and was named the game’s MVP in 1952. He also was a two-time league scoring champion.
XAVIER: DAVID WEST
David West made a smart decision late in his career signing on with the Golden State Warriors. He was rewarded with a pair of championships. He also was a two-time All-Star in a career that saw him average 13.6 ppg.
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