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Comment 18 Feb 2015

Jerry Lucas:

Not only was he the best Ohio State Player ever, he was the best player ever in the Big 10.

* Center: Jerry Lucas, 1960-62 – This was easy –  The impossible part is briefly describing his legendary play. Lucas was three-time Big Ten Player of the Year (POY); three-time All-American; twice national POY; first basketball player in history to win a high school state title (two), an NCAA title, an Olympic gold medal and an NBA title. That is a good start.

The three years he played, four players in the nation made more than 60 percent of their field goal attempts; three of the four were named Jerry Lucas. He appeared in three NCAA Midwest regional tournaments, three Final Fours and two eight-team in-season invitational tournaments at Ohio State. He was named Most Valuable player seven times (and injured in the final tournament). In 82 games as a Buckeye, he had 30-plus points and 30 rebounds twice; 20-plus points and 20-plus rebounds 21 times; and double-doubles 79 times. He missed a 66 game-consecutive double-double streak by one point; his longest streak was 38 straight games.

In the words of his OSU teammate and longtime Indiana coach Bob Knight, “(Lucas) is still the greatest player in the history of the Big Ten.”