Date: 3/30/1981

Complex Says: It's said that a point guard is the on-floor manifestation of his coach and this has never been more true than the relationship between Isiah and legendary hot head Bobby Knight. Isiah's brief, but prosperous, NCAA career running point for the Indiana Hoosiers culminated in '81 when Thomas carried IU on his little back all the way to a national championship. He picked up the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award in the process and, with nothing more to prove on the collegiate level, declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after only his sophomore season. As the NBA would come to find out, little man was no joke.