5. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown
Patrick Ewing was as dominant as any big man in the 1980s. He was a three time consensus All American and made three all tournament teams. Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas made it to the national championship game in three of his four seasons, all of them memorable.
In one of them, Michael Jordan hit a game winner for North Carolina (poor Ewing would see that a few more times), and in another 8 seed Villanova played the game of their lives to eke out a two point win.
But in between those two, Ewing outdueled Akeem Olajuwon and Houston in 1984 to win the only title in Georgetown history, and he was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.