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| OSCAR ROBERTSON Cincinnati, 1957-58 to
He was America's first Mr. Basketball, a player whose nonpareil
skills -- and nickname -- were known even to people who knew little or
nothing about the game. The Big O's stats are a poor way to illustrate the
greatness of a man who was at once intimidating and cerebral, but they have to
be mentioned: In his three college seasons the 6'5" Robertson averaged 33.8
points and 15.2 rebounds a game. Perhaps the best tribute came from Bob Cousy,
who said Robertson could call out his moves in advance and still be unstoppable.
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