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Once upon a time, historically black college and universities were the place to look for the biggest, fastest and most skilled basketball players. Today that number has dwindled considerably due to the changed landscape of college basketball.

The societal and financial dynamics have severely changed, leading the very best high school players to largely forgo offers from these once great bastions of athletics to take up residency at schools competing in the major Division I conferences

But back in the day, it was totally different. We’ve compiled a list of the very best ballers ever to suit up for HBCU’s.


10.  C/PF Rick Mahorn, Hampton University

At 6′ 10″ and weighing 240 pounds, Rick Mahorn, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, was perfectly suited for his duty as a rebounder, post defender and all-around intimidator for such teams as the Washington Bullets, Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers.

He was known to throw his weight around, sneer at opponents and make even the most high-flying, rim-rocker regret coming to the hole. He was a three-time NAIA Champion and All-American before Hampton made the jump to Division I basketball.

He won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 before being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the expansion draft and subsequently traded to the Sixers to form a bruising frontcourt with Charles Barkley.

Mahorn won two WNBA Champions as an assistant coach with the Detroit Shock. He is currently a color commentator in for the Detroit Pistons.

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