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29. Pervis Ellison, Louisville

Freshman superstars are commonplace these days in college basketball. Not so in 1986. That's why it seemed surprising when Ellison led Louisville to its second national championship and became just the second freshman ever to win tournament MOP honors, after Arnie Ferrin did the same for Utah in 1944. The 6-foot-9 center, whose laid-back demeanor earned him the nickname "Never Nervous," scored 25 points and added 11 rebounds in the Cardinals' 72-69 upset over Duke in the championship game. His putback of a Jeff Hall airball gave Louisville a three-point lead with 38 seconds left, and his defense held Duke stars Jay Bilas and Mark Alarie in check. -- Brian Bennett