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What was Dick Vitale thinking? You have a vote ...

November 20, 2008 |  6:30 pm

After UCLA, Reggie Miller went on to fame in the NBA. Here, in a 2003 game, he battles Kobe Bryant.

In honor of his 30th year of calling college basketball games on television and to help raise money for the V Foundation for cancer research in honor of late North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, Dick Vitale has a new book called "Dick Vitale’s Fabulous 50 Players & Moments in College Basketball."

His list of players comes with a few caveats: it covers only the last 30 years; it doesn’t include any "one and done" players like Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo, each of whom played only a single college season; it doesn’t include any UCLA or USC players; it includes only two players from the Pac-10 and a total of three players from schools in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

So I've put together this list of players from the West who failed to make Vitale's list, so vote now. Or vote for your own player by sending us the name in a comment. You have until noon Thanksgiving Day to vote. I'll announce the results in next Friday's media column.

And as Vitale said in this week’s column, he wants the list to provoke debate. So debate away!

-- Diane Pucin

Photo: After UCLA, Reggie Miller went on to fame in the NBA. Here, in a 2003 game, he battles Kobe Bryant. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

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