ATLANTA -- Former University of Houston center Hakeem Olajuwan was named one of the top 15 players in March Madness history on Friday as part of the NCAA tournament s 75th anniversary.
The top players were selected based on votes by fans and NCAA experts.
Olajuwan was part of the Houston Cougar teams that went to back-to-back NCAA title games in 1983 and 1984.
Aside from Olajuwon, the other 14 players selected were Duke s Christian Laettner, UCLA s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Indiana State s Larry Bird, Princeton s Bill Bradley, Georgetown s Patrick Ewing, Duke s Grant Hill, Michigan State s Magic Johnson, North Carolina s Michael Jordan, Ohio State s Jerry Lucas, Kansas Danny Manning, Cincinnati s Oscar Robertson, San Francisco s Bill Russell, UCLA s Bill Walton and West Virginia s Jerry West.
Laettner s shot that gave Duke an overtime win in a 1992 regional final was picked as the top moment from March Madness, while Indiana s undefeated team from 1976 was selected as the best team. The best moment and best team were picked by fan voting.
Manning, Robertson and Walton were on hand for Friday s news conference, along with Laettner.