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The N&O On State's '74 Team

Still the ACC's best ever.

Mark Gottfried would trade 10 of his current players for one David Thompson. Who wouldn't?
Mark Gottfried would trade 10 of his current players for one David Thompson. Who wouldn't?
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The N&O has a retrospective up about the phenomenal 1974 State team with David Thompson, Tom Burleson and Monte Towe.

One of the State publications at the time had a picture of Towe dribbling through Burleson's legs. Since Burleson was around 7-4 and Towe 5-7, you can imagine the shot.

For those who never saw David Thompson play, more's the pity.  To this day, he remains the greatest player the ACC has ever seen and possibly the best ever in the nation as a collegian. There's just never been anyone like him.

He could fly, but he could also shoot, pass, defend and was way stronger than he looked.

He was just ridiculously gifted. Watch as he blocks a shot by 6-11 Bill Walton - listed at 6-4, Thompson was actually 6-3 - and then watch his legendary fall when he tried to clear teammate Phil Spence to block Billy Knight's shot for Pitt.

Keep in mind that Spence is at least 6-6. Thompson almost made it.