17. David Robinson, basketball

He grew 6 inches in college, better to carry Navy on his shoulders. The Midshipmen went 76-17 with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000010555" title="Thomas Robinson" href="/topic/sports/basketball/thomas-robinson-PESPT000010555.topic">Robinson</a>, the 7-foot-1 center who took them to three <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000122" title="NCAA" href="/topic/sports/college-sports/ncaa-ORSPT000122.topic">NCAA</a> tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 1986. The All-American averaged 28.2 points as a senior, when he led the nation in blocked shots and was college Player of the Year. His pro career with the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000116" title="San Antonio Spurs" href="/topic/sports/basketball/san-antonio-spurs-ORSPT000116.topic">San Antonio Spurs</a> featured two <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15008001" title="NBA" href="/topic/sports/basketball/nba-15008001.topic">NBA</a> titles and a Most Valuable Player award.

( Baltimore Sun photo by Pat Carter )

He grew 6 inches in college, better to carry Navy on his shoulders. The Midshipmen went 76-17 with Robinson, the 7-foot-1 center who took them to three NCAA tournaments, including the Elite Eight in 1986. The All-American averaged 28.2 points as a senior, when he led the nation in blocked shots and was college Player of the Year. His pro career with the San Antonio Spurs featured two NBA titles and a Most Valuable Player award.

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