Lots of West Coast flavor in the Rushmore Four

Fran Fraschilla defends his picks for the pre-1980 players' Rushmore and details who just missed the cut.

Originally Published: April 25, 2006
By Fran Fraschilla | Special to ESPN Insider
I was born in 1958 and became a basketball fan around 1971, so writing a column about the best players in the pre-ESPN era is like a historian writing about Roosevelt or Lincoln. It requires a lot of research.

The pre-ESPN players that I remember for their college greatness I saw, for the most part, during and at the end of their storied NBA careers. Nevertheless, my passion for college basketball and my sense of the game's history serves me well as I carve my "Rushmore Four."

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.