College Basketball Legends for Final Four Appearances

The NCAA Tournament or “March Madness” as it has affectionately come to be called is one of the biggest sports events on the calendar. The Final Four is a particularly large celebration, with the four best teams in college basketball coming together in Atlanta this year to crown a champion. There are several personalities from the hoops world that make great guests for appearances at corporate functions, tip-off parties and more during Final Four weekend. They can also tell fun stories as keynote speakers during any event. 

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Bill Raftery is a current basketball analyst and a former coach. In high school Bill was a star player for the basketball team and became the all-time scoring leader breaking a 35 year old record with...

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Billy Packer got his start in college where he played for Wake Forest University as guard on the basketball team. He led the team to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and the NCAA Tournament Final...

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Charles Barkley is a retired professional power forward for the NBA and currently serves as an analyst on TNT's Inside the NBA. Barkley attended Auburn University from 1981-1985 where he led the SEC i...

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Known for quite possibly the greatest play in college basketball history, anyone who follows the sport of basketball knows who Christian Laettner is. After getting recruited as early as his freshman y...

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One of the greatest basketball players to come out of Cleveland, Clark Kellogg set a state record 51 points in the Ohio State High School finals. After a three year career at the Ohio State University...

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Dale Brown is the legendary head basketball coach that spent the majority of his career with the LSU Tigers. Prior to his coaching career, Brown was a standout athlete in multiple sports, setting mult...

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His voice is one of the greatest of all time in the history of athletics.  For decades Dick Vitale has been on the sideline as a coach and color commentator, and always adds excitement no matter what...

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Doug Gottlieb is one of the best-known sports broadcasting personalities in America. He currently works for Fox Sports where he serves as the host of The Doug Gottlieb Show on radio and is a basketbal...

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Ernie Johnson is currently a sportscaster for Turner Sports where he holds the lead voice T.V. voice for Major League Baseball on TBS, hosts Inside the NBA for TNT, as well as contributing to the NCAA...

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Fran Fraschilla is an American basketball commentator and former college basketball coach. Fraschilla was a college basketball coach for 23 years and has coached for Manhattan College from 1992-1996,...

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Grant Hill grew up around professional sports, often hanging around the Dallas Cowboys facilities as a kid with his father who was a running back in the NFL for 12 seasons. Growing up Hill played some...

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Greg Anthony was one of the leaders for the 1990 UNLV team that won the NCAA National Championship.  What made him unique as a leader is that he wasn’t able to do a whole lot of talking.  Due to the f...

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Jay Bilas is a man of many talents. Those talents include being a former professional basketball player and coach, serving as one of the most popular television sports personalities in the world, and...

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Jay Williams is one of the greatest college basketball players ever. As a sophomore, Williams led Duke to the NCAA title and won his first of two NABC Player of the Year Awards.  That year, he broke t...

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John Thompson was selected in the third round of the 1964 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics after a standout career at Providence College. He’d go on to play two seasons in the NBA and help the Celtics...

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John Thompson III played his college basketball at Princeton University from 1984 to 1988. After earning his degree from Princeton in 1988 he began a career in coaching and returned to Princeton as an...

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Kenny Smith had a successful NBA career, but he is now better known as an analyst on one of the most successful sports studio shows ever.  Smith joined TNT in 1998 and the cast of Inside the NBA....

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Pete Gillen is a well-known former college basketball head coach who parlayed that success into a broadcasting career.  Gillen is currently an analyst for CBS Sports Network.  Previously, he...

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Rick Pitino has made his career in coaching college basketball and is currently the head coach at Iona. Prior to beginning his legendary career as a coach, Rick played basketball in college at UMASS....

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Seth Greenberg is a college basketball analyst for ESPN that has nearly a quarter-century of coaching experience.  Greenberg spent 15 of those years as a head coach at the college level with Long...

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Shane Battier had a great 13-year career in the NBA, capped off with three consecutive NBA Finals appearances and consecutive NBA Titles in 2012 and 2013 with the Miami Heat. In 2014 he announced his...

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Shaquille O’Neal played three years at LSU from 1989 to 1992 and averaged 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He was a national player of the year as a sophomore and a first-team All-American and...

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Spud Webb is a retired professional point guard of the NBA. Webb was not tall and because of that colleges overlooked him even though he had an impressive high school career. Webb attended Midland Col...

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Steve Lavin is a former college basketball coach who ran programs at UCLA and St. John's. Lavin grew up in San Francisco, California and played on a state championship-winning basketball team in high...