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College basketball stars as players and coaches

By Berry Tramel Modified: February 9, 2009 at 12:33 am •  Published: February 9, 2009

Jeff Capel was a four-year starting point guard at Duke, including his freshman season, when the Blue Devils went to the Final Four. But Capel's playing career can't match that of these six Final Four coaches:

* Clem Haskins: A 1967 first-team All-American at Western Kentucky, Haskins coached Minnesota to the 1997 Final Four.

* Lon Kruger: A two-time Big Eight Player of the Year (1973, 1974) at Kansas State, Kruger coached Florida to the 1994 Final Four.

* Billy Donovan: Averaged 20.6 points a game in leading Providence to the 1987 Final Four, then coached Florida to three NCAA title games, winning in 2006 and 2007.

* Nat Holman: One of basketball's earliest stars with the epic Celtics teams of the 1920s, Holman was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1964. He coached CCNY to the 1950 NCAA title.

* Branch McCracken: A star player at Indiana U., McCracken was one of the first eight players enshrined in the Hall of Fame, in 1960. He coached his alma mater to NCAA titles in 1940 and 1953.

* John Wooden: Few remember the Wizard of Westwood as an All-American guard at Purdue in the 1930s and also as a star in the early pro leagues. Wooden was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960 — four years before his UCLA Bruins won the first of his 10 NCAA titles.


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