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Forrest 'Phog' AllenForrest "Phog" Allen
learned how to play basketball under the game's inventor, Dr. James Naismith, while a player at the University of Kansas. He then became a coach at KU, where he compiled a 590-212 win-loss record, 24 conference titles, 3 Final Four appearances, and the 1952 NCAA Championship. He was also the driving force behind basketball becoming an official Olympic sport in 1936, and was one of the coaches of the gold medal-winning 1952 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team.
Charles Wade BarkleyCharles Wade Barkley
was a member of the U.S. gold medal-winning basketball teams at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. In 1996 he became only the fourth player in NBA history to total at least 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 3,500 assists. By the time his professional career ended in 2000 he had scored a total of 23,757 points.
Larry Joe BirdLarry Joe Bird
was the first player ever to shoot at least .500 (.525) from the floor and .900 (.910) from the free-throw line in the same season, which he did during the 1986-87 season. The following season he shot .527 from the floor and .916 from the line. In 1987-88 he became the first Celtic ever to record a 40-20 game, with a 42-point, 20-rebound effort against Indiana. He was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team."
Wilton Norman ChamberlainWilton Norman Chamberlain
was a star player in both high school and college. His college numbers were so good, in fact, that the NCAA even changed its rules in an effort to prevent future players from so dominating the game. As a professional player, he was the first (and to date only) player to score 100 points in a single game (in 1962). His record total of 31,419 career points has only been surpassed by three other players.
Jame NaismithJames Naismith
invented basketball in 1891 as a game "that would be interesting, easy to learn, and easy to play in the winter and by artificial light." By 1892 it was being played in college gymnasiums across the United States.
Dean Edwards SmithDean Edwards Smith
was the head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina from 1961 to 1997. During his tenure he took the Tarheels to a record 32 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including 13 consecutive Sweet Sixteens, and had amassed a total of 879 wins, making him second only to Bobby Knight on the list of all-time wins.
Lynette WoodardLynette Woodard
scored a total of 3,649 points over a four-year college career to set a record as the top-scoring woman basketball player in the history of the NCAA. In 1984 she helped the U.S. Women's Basketball Team win a gold medal. In 1985 she became the first woman ever to play with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters.

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