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Finals Watch: Big O in top 15

Friday - 4/5/2013, 2:09pm  ET

Former NBA players' Oscar Robertson, left, and Bill Walton speak during a NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball 75th anniversary news conference, Friday, April 5, 2013, in Atlanta. Wichita State plays Louisville in a semifinal game on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) -- It's not every day generations of college basketball greats like Oscar Robertson, Bill Walton, Danny Manning and Christian Laettner sit elbow to elbow at the same table.

They gathered Friday to be named in the top 15 players in 75 years of the NCAA tournament, as voted on by fans.

"I think it's great for the fans across the country to see what transpired over the years," said the 74-year-old Robertson. "Some of the things I've almost forgotten."

Robertson said there wasn't "all this fanfare" when he played in the 1959 and 1960 Final Fours for Cincinnati.

Also voted as top 15 players: Bill Russell, San Francisco; Jerry West, West Virginia; Jerry Lucas, Ohio State; Bill Bradley, Princeton; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA; Larry Bird, Indiana State; Magic Johnson, Michigan State; Michael Jordan, North Carolina; Patrick Ewing, Georgetown; Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston; and Grant Hill, Duke.

-- Charles Odum -- http://twitter.com/CharlesOdum

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