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March 23, 2008 AT 9:00 AM
Basketball College Careers of Greatest NBA Players of All Time: Isiah Thomas Born in Chicago in 1961, Isiah Thomasâ€™ skills were apparent from a very young age. In his biography, it states that as a three-year old Thomas would entertain crowds during halftime of his brotherâ€™s basketball games by slipping on a jersey and dribbling around the court. Thomas began his collegiate career playing at Indiana University in 1979 under legendary coach Bob Knight. Over his two years as a Hoosier, Thomas would average 15.4 points and 5.7 assists. The numbers for Thomasâ€™ NCAA career may have been far from remarkable; however his success and leadership differentiated him from the rest. In his freshman year, as the second seed in the Mideast, Indiana advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before narrowly losing to Purdue 76 to 69. As a sophomore, Thomas led his Hoosiers to a 47 and 17 record and a berth in the Final Four. In the 1981 NCAA Championship game, Thomas and the Hoosiers downed North Carolina by 13 points, 63 to 50. For the tournament, Thomas was named the Most Outstanding Player. After winning the championship, Thomas decided to end his college career early for a chance in the NBA. Picked second overall by the Detroit Pistons, Thomas would go on to a Hall of Fame NBA career, even winning the NBA Finals MVP in 1990.