All-Time Greatest March Madness Players

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  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Larry Bird
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson
  • Bill Bradley
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Grant Hill
  • Michael Jordan
  • Christian Laettner
  • Jerry Lucas
  • Danny Manning
  • Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Bill Russell
  • Bill Walton
  • Jerry West

Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Playing for Michigan State, Magic Johnson bested the Bird-led Indiana State 75–64 for the NCAA title in 1979, a game that has been credited as the most watched in college basketball history. Johnson went on to enchant fans for 13 seasons in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers, and after announcing he had contracted HIV in 1991, he retired for good in 1996. (Photo: Michigan State/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)