4. Elvin Hayes, Houston
Elvin Hayes was Houston’s first Black American basketball player in 1966. He led Houston to the Final Four the following two seasons. In those two tourney runs, Hayes recorded eight 25 point games, tied for most all time with Jerry West, and five 20 rebound games, tied for most with Bill Russell. His 167 points in five games was the most in a tournament at the time, and his 97 rebounds are second most all time in a tourney.
Hayes played in the first ever nationally televised regular season college basketball game, “The Game of the Century” against Lew Alcindor and UCLA, in which Hayes and Houston snapped the Bruins’ 47 game win streak. Hayes also won AP Player of the Year in 1968, interrupting wins by Alcindor in 67 and 69. His 222 career rebounds remain an all time tournament record.