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Adrian Dantley, William Davidson, Patrick Ewing,Hakeem Olajuwon, Pat Riley, Cathy Rush, Dick Vitale.

Something for everybody in this group, including the centers who defined the 1980s in college and in the pros. Dantley was a sentimental favorite of Hall followers by the time he got the nod 17 years into retirement. Riley and Vitale couldn't be more different in style or haircuts, yet reached the top of their respective professions. Davidson turned Detroit into ''DEEE-troit! Basss-ketball!'' while Rush was proud just to nudge little Immaculata College onto the first nationally televised women's game.

Text: Steve Aschburner/SI.com
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