In Part II of our offseason B.O.A.T. series, we're taking a look at basketball. The Best Of All Time team for basketball is a bit simpler than football, simply because there are less players. Also, as this isn't simply an All-Star team, but a best "Team", basketball has the advantage of being a more individual sport than football.
Finally, in Virginia's case, basketball is easier because one of the positions is a slam-dunk (Did you see what I did there?). Ralph Sampson is one of the best college basketball players of all time, and a no-brainer for the center on our B.O.A.T.
Center: Ralph Sampson (1979-1983): One of the top college basketball players of all time; 3 time Naismith National Player of the Year; 2 time Wooden Award; #1 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft; #50 is retired by UVA Basketball. Also considered: Olden...Please!
Power Forward: Junior Burrough (1991-1995): 6th all-time in scoring; 3rd in rebounds; 8th in blocks; #33 overall pick in 1995 NBA Draft. Also considered: Travis Watson, Norman Nolan, Akil Mitchell
Small Forward: Bryant Stith (1988-1992): Virginia's all-time leading scorer; third all-time in rebounds; 3 time first team All-ACC; 13th overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft; #20 is retired by UVA Basketball. Also considered: Wally Walker, Chris Williams
Shooting Guard: Buzzy Wilkinson (1953-1955): Virginia's all-time leader in points per game by a wide margin; 3rd in total points; scored over 30 points per game during his junior and senior seasons; 1955 All-American; 30th overall pick in the 1955 NBA Draft; #14 is retired by UVA Basketball. Also considered: Jeff Lamp, Curtis Staples, Roger Mason Jr.
Point Guard: John Crotty (1987-1992): Virginia's all-time leader in assists; 12th all-time in points; spent 11 seasons in the NBA. Also considered: Sean Singletary, Barry Parkhill, Cory Alexander
What do you think? Would you have taken Singletary over Crotty? Would you have taken Watson over Burrough? Let us know in the comments below.