Turning Back the Clocks with the NCAA (Part II)

On Monday, we brought you Part I of our look at some of the finest throwback jerseys in NCAA basketball history.  These uniforms are not only retro and stylish, but they pay tribute to some of the greatest collegiate athletes of the past.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the jerseys as we take a journey back in time.

Michael Jordan  – 1982 North Carolina

As a freshman in coach Dean Smith’s team-oriented system, Jordan was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game on 53.4% shooting.  Michael made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 National Championship game against the Patrick Ewing-led.  Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game.  After winning the Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, MJ decided it was time to take a shot at the pros.  I think he proved that he was ready for the next level.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson – 1979 Michigan State

During the 1978-79 season, Michigan State advanced to the NCAA championship game and faced Indiana State University, which was led by senior Larry Bird. In what was the most-watched college basketball game ever, Michigan State defeated Indiana State 75–64, and Johnson was voted Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.  After two years in college, during which he averaged 17.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game, Johnson declared himself eligible for the 1979 NBA draft.  For the Los Angeles Lakers, the results were magical.

Tim Duncan – 1996 Wake Forest

In contrast to contemporary straight to the pros players like Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant, Duncan stayed at college for a full four years. During that period, he was a two-time ACC Player of the Year, and an unprecedented three-time NABC Defensive Player of the Year. Timmy also made the All-ACC Tournament between 1995 and 1997, the All-ACC First Team between 1995 and 1997, and was named MVP of the 1996 ACC Tournament. Further, 1996 was the year where he led the conference in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots, becoming the first player in conference history to lead all four of those categories. Overall, Duncan led his team to a 97–31 win–loss record and finished his college career as the second-leading shot blocker in NCAA history, and remains one of only ten players with more than 2,000 career points and 1,500 career rebounds. He was also the first player in NCAA history to reach 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 blocked shots and 200 assists.

Christian Laettner – 1992 Duke

Laettner is one of only four players  to play in four consecutive Final Fours, and the only one to ever start in all four Final Fours. He owns the record for most tournament games played, with 23, out of a maximum possible of 24 in 4 years. NCAA Tournament records held by Laettner include: most points scored (407), most free throws made (142), most free throw attempts (167) and most games played (23).  Despite all the records, Laettner is known best for his game-winning last-second jump shot in Duke’s dramatic 104-103 victory over Kentucky in the East regional final of the 1992 NCAA Tournament, acclaimed by many as the “greatest college basketball game ever played.”

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