Isiah Thomas, Indiana (1981)
Playing for legendary taskmaster Bob Knight at the University of Indiana, future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas became one of Thomas’ favorite players while he was the coach of the Hoosiers. Fans in the Hoosier state nicknamed Thomas “Mr. Wonderful,” while Knight (affectionately) referred to Thomas as “Pee Wee,” because of Thomas’ lack of height (he was 6’1).
Thomas led the Hoosiers, and then the Detroit Pistons, to basketball championships at their respective levels, and continued to stay around basketball after his playing days in various capacities. That included working as an executive for the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, and even the Continental Basketball Association. Currently works for NBA TV alongside other former players.