Akeem Olajuwon, Houston (1983)
Before we started affixing the “H” in the spelling of his first name, Akeem “The Dream” Olajuwon paired up with fellow future Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler at the University of Houston as the founding members of “Phi Slama Jama”, the first slam-dunking “fraternity” in college basketball. Olajuwon was selected with the #1 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft (ahead of Michael Jordan), and finished his NBA career as a two-time champion and Hall of Fame inductee.
In his post-playing days, Olajuwon has become something of a Real Estate mogul, with his estimated profits exceeding $100 million in that endeavor. He also tutors young hoops hopefuls and current professional basketball players in the nuances of playing the game.