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48. Ellison steps up

Before Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and the Fab Five, Pervis Ellison dominated college basketball at the highest level as a Louisville freshman. In the 1986 national title game, he scored 25 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and went 10-for-14 from the field in a win over Duke. He earned Most Outstanding Player honors, at the time just the second freshman in the sport to do so. Ellison stayed four seasons with the Cardinals and became the No. 1 pick in the 1989 draft. Few players kicked off their college careers the way Ellison did.
-- Myron Medcalf