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August 20, 2014, 10:20 pm

Fans vote for best March Madness players

Fans will have an opportunity to select the top 15 All-Time March Madness Players. As part of the 75 years of March Madness celebration, the NCAA has compiled a list of the top 75 All-Time March Madness Players that will be narrowed to a Top 15 to be announced during the 2013 Men’s Final Four.

The list of the Top 75 Players was compiled and researched by the NCAA’s basketball and statistics staffs, who consulted with the NCAA media partners and selected members of the USBWA. From a pool of more than 100 former players, NCAA staff analyzed statistical data compiled exclusively from performances in NCAA tournament games.

Starting Jan. 9, 2013 at NCAA.com/marchmadness, fans will vote to determine 50 percent of the Top 15 All-Time March Madness Players, with the other 50 percent determined by votes from past and present members of Division I men’s basketball committee, Division I men’s basketball head coaches, past men’s Final Four coaches, members of the USBWA, Division I sports information directors, and CBS/Turner.

Fan voting ends Sunday, March 24, and the winners will be announced Friday, April 5, exclusively on NCAA.com, with in-person introductions of the winners at the 2013 Men’s Final Four in Atlanta.

The entire list of players is on NCAA.com. The local players on the list include Wilt Chamberlain (Overbrook, Kansas), Walt Hazzard (Overbrook, UCLA) Richard Hamilton (Coatesville, Connecticut) and Ed Pinckney (Villanova).

 

Winston-Salem State wins 2012 SBN national title

Winston-Salem State has won the SBN Sports Black College National Football Championship. The Rams put together a 14-0 record on the way to winning their second consecutive SBN Jake Gaither National Championship Trophy.

Norfolk State was the preseason favorite to win this season’s championship, while Winston-Salem State was picked to finish third behind Bethune-Cookman. Head coach Connell Maynor and his team won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) title with a perfect 10-0 regular season followed by a win in the conference championship game and three victories in the NCAA Division II playoffs. They have advanced to face Valdosta State for the national championship Saturday, Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala.

In final SBN Poll voting, Winston-Salem State received all 30 first place votes and 300 points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff was second with 267 points. Bethune-Cookman finished in third place with 202 points, Tuskegee University was fourth with 165 points and Tennessee State was fifth with 143 points. Jackson State, Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Howard University and North Carolina A&T rounded out the top 10.

Winston-Salem State will be honored during the SBN Black College All-American (BCAA) and Black College Football Hall of Fame Awards Weekend, Feb. 15-16, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. American Urban Radio Networks and the Black College Football Hall of Fame will also honor the SBN Coach of the Year and the SBN Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.

The awards weekend will feature the fourth annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony. A who’s who list of college and professional football greats are scheduled to attend, including Doug Williams, James “Shack” Harris, Mel Blount, Harry Carson, Rayfield Wright, L.C. Greenwood and Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

The SBN Sports Network is a division of American Urban Radio Networks, the largest Black-owned radio network company in the country.

 

Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .