NICK COLLISON, FORWARD, KANSAS
What is old school? "It's playing the game the way it ought to be played: hard, unselfishly and, above all, to win," says the 6'9" Jayhawk, whose meat-and-taters style reflects repeated viewings of ESPN SportsCentury: Larry Bird and The Graduate—which this senior will be next spring. Mortarboards are old school too.
T.J. FORD, GUARD, TEXAS
A pass-first point man is treated like a Model T these days—unless you're a vintage Ford, the first player to lead the nation in assists (8.3 average) as a freshman. "I try to be creative, but the base of the game stays the same," says the 5'10" Longhorns sophomore, shown here wearing the 1978 NIT title-winning uniform of Johnny Moore, Texas's alltime assists leader.
CHRIS MARCUS CENTER, WESTERN KENTUCKY
"To me, old school is the 1980s," says the Hilltoppers' 7'1" senior, clubbed by NBA director of scouting Marty Blake "the only true center" in college today. Marcus ain't lyin': For years he knew the Mikan Drill—but nothing about the Hall of Famer for whom the alternating-hands layup exercise is named. "I always wondered where the name came from," he says. "Finally one of my coaches told me all about him."
DAVID WEST FORWARD, XAVIER
This Ben-Hur buff won't shrink from any battle. "I don't have any new-age athleticism, so I just use my head," says the Musketeers 6'9" senior, whose ultraefficient game harks back to the moves of one of his idols, Willis Reed. It's no shock to learn that when he was a child, West repeatedly watched the 1979 NCAA title game between Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
BRANDIN KNIGHT, GUARD, PITTSBURGH
"Coach [Ben] Howland says I remind him of John Stockton," says the 6-foot Panthers senior, who's so old school he wears a '70s-era Buffalo Braves jersey around town and studies tape of Pistol Pete Maravich, Earl (the Pearl) Monroe and Oscar Robertson. "Someday soon," Knight vows, "I'm gonna show off my Kareem hook shot in a game."