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Do you know the best Final Four players of all time?

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A beautiful Sunday to you. I see you eating your cereal and bacon and eggs are on the way, or maybe you are home from church and are catching up on the news. You need a small challenge and I’m here to help.

I love word puzzles ­­‑‑ sudoku, trivia questions and quizzes of all types ‑‑ and I’ve got one for you that I took recently. This brief quiz involves the Final Four, which is almost here. No cheating, no Googling, no reference books. I took the quiz and made 70. Remember that I’m a basketball fan, and I’m probably older than you, so maybe I had an advantage. Are you ready?

A very well-known and respected national magazine, after extensive research, published its top 10 Final Four players of all time. Can you name them? They also put them in order. I can hear you saying Michael Jordan. He’s not on the list! Neither is anyone named Shaq or Maravich. Without worrying about the order, give it a try. As a public service, and because I like you, here are some hints.

All 10 players went on to long NBA careers and nine of them were true NBA superstars. One of them is deceased. None of them are playing now. Five are black and five are white. Four were centers, only two were forwards and four were guards, but many of them could play more than one spot. One of them could play all five positions brilliantly. None of them played in the SEC. Four of them played college ball west of the Mississippi River, and the other six were east of Big Muddy. One college had two players, so there are nine college teams represented overall. Five of the players won one or more college championships, and many won one or more NBA championships.

Except for one or two of these guys, this is not that hard. Many of them are still involved in the game today. some are in TV commercials and sports shows, and one of them is the shooter of one of the most famous college baskets in history, and it’s replayed often. You can do this!

Next week I’ll give you the answers and another matching quiz with the answers in the same issue. OK, the rest is up to you. Our children are the most tested generation in history. Surely you can take a simple basketball quiz and remember I’m at JJordanfamily@bellsouth.net.

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