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December 2003
In honor of ESPN's 25th year, following are my All-Time College Basketball Teams from my 25 years at ESPN. Hey, I can't believe it's been that long, baby, since I called ESPN's first NCAA basketball game! It was Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979 (DePaul won 90-77).

To win on any level, you need guys who will sacrifice for a team, take a charge, make a defensive stop -- and that's what these guys represent.
Stacey Augmon, UNLV
Shane Battier, Duke
Eric Murdock, Providence
Gary Payton, Oregon State
Gene Smith, Georgetown

Shot blockers deluxe, guys who say, "Thou shalt not enter the lane" -- they are absolutely human erasers. They take away and eliminate many of the defensive mistakes that happen on the perimeter.
Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
Adonal Foyle, Colgate
Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown
Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown
David Robinson, Navy

Creators, innovators, guys who are extensions of their coaches -- but when things break down, these maestro men simply take the rock, break down their defender and create opportunities.
Bobby Hurley, Duke
Mark Jackson, St. John's
Mark Price, Georgia Tech
Kenny Smith, North Carolina
Pearl Washington, Syracuse

These coaches displayed the incredible leadership skills to build programs that many people thought were impossible to take to the winner's circle -- coaches with unbelievable creative ability as well as the ability to lead.
Jim Calhoun, Connecticut
John Chaney, Temple
Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech
Mike Montgomery, Stanford
Lute Olson, Arizona

These players came out of nowhere and built themselves into stars -- they were not McDonald's All-Americans, but they simply went to work and made themselves into the stars they became.
Juan Dixon, Maryland
Tim Duncan, Wake Forest
Ron Harper, Miami-Ohio
Hollis Price, Oklahoma
David Robinson, Navy

Rebounding machines, guys who go after absolutely every rebound like it's their last meal -- these guys just love attacking the glass.
Hank Gathers, Loyola-Marymount
Jerome Lane, Pitt
Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State
Shaquille O'Neal, LSU
La Salle Thompson, Texas

These are the high risers, the elevator men, the guys who play up, up and away -- the guys who are human highlight films and are always on "SportsCenter" because of their incredible athleticism and their amazing dunking ability.
Kenny Battle, Illinois
Len Bias, Maryland
Darrell Griffith, Louisville
Jerome Lane, Pitt
Harold Miner, Southern California

In the game of basketball, is there anything better than seeing a player who is skilled and fundamentally solid shooting the jump shot, squaring his body, getting that great look and tickling the twine. These guys represent the best. Nothing but nylon, baby, letting it fly from long distance.
Steve Alford, Indiana
Calbert Cheaney, Indiana
Chris Jackson, LSU
Reggie Miller, UCLA
Chris Mullin, St. John's

G: Mateen Cleaves
G: Steve Alford
F: Jim Jackson
F: Calbert Cheaney
C: Joe Barry Carroll

G: Jay Williams
G: Michael Jordan
F: Len Bias
F: Christian Laettner
C: Tim Duncan

Duke-North Carolina is the greatest rivalry in college sports, and these are my Super Seven lists from each school since I began calling games at ESPN in 1979 (that's why, for example, Phil Ford does not appear for UNC)

Frontcourt -- James Worthy, Brad Daugherty, Sam Perkins
Backcourt -- Michael Jordan, Kenny Smith
Bench -- Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison

Frontcourt -- Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Shane Battier
Backcourt -- Johnny Dawkins, Jay Williams
Bench -- Bobby Hurley, Danny Ferry

Ray Allen
Richard Hamilton
Donyell Marshall
Emeka Okafor
Clifford Robinson

Carmelo Anthony
Derrick Coleman
Sherman Douglas
Billy Owens
Pearl Washington

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