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|JERRY LUCAS Ohio State, 1959-60 to
He is seriously old school, remembered as something of a mechanical man whose
arsenal included a glued-to-the-floor one-handed push shot. But the 6'8"
Lucas, the prototypical power forward even though he was listed as a center in
college, was the leader of a Buckeyes' brigade (he and John Havlicek and Mel
Nowell had made a joint decision to play at Ohio State) that won 78 of 84
games over three seasons, made it to the NCAA championship game every year and
took home the title in 1960. Lucas was tournament MVP that year and again in '61
despite the Buckeyes' loss to Cincinnati. He averaged 17.2 rebounds per game for
his career and never shot less than 61% from the floor, and he remains the only
three-time recipient of the Big Ten player of the year award. He doubtless
remembers all of his stats and honors because he later became a nationally known
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