Remembering NBA players who shone during their NCAA tournament runs

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Before the ’70s Bruins, there were the ’60s Bruins — under John Wooden, UCLA took home five national championships in the decade, three of which (’67, ’68, ’69) were made possible by the outstanding performance of 7- foot-2 Lew Alcindor, who also took home Most Outstanding Player for each of those tournaments (the only player to ever win the award three times) and, on top of that, got dunking banned for a decade in the NCAA.

In his three national championship games, he racked up 20, 34, and 37 points, respectively. He also grabbed 20 rebounds in his final game as a Bruin in the 1969 title game. His sheer size was a huge defensive asset for UCLA, as it allowed him to block shots with relative ease and close off opponents’ path to the rim.

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