Maryland Region

1986 Navy

David Robinson
Navy's David Robinson dominated the NCAA tournament but couldn't quite lift his team to a title. (AP File Photo)

The 1985-86 Navy Midshipmen were led by one of the most dominant centers in the history of college basketball, David Robinson. He was not a one-man team however; forward Vernon Butler became the first player to have his jersey retired and when he graduated he was the school's career leader in points and rebounds. Point guard Doug Wojcik was a skilled passer and still holds most Navy assist records. Navy fell just short of the Final Four this season, losing to Duke in the East Regional Final. In a memorable second-round upset, Robinson outclassed Syracuse star Rony Siekaly holding a 35-4 advantage in points. While this team did not win a championship, Robinson's presence makes it a scary team for any opponent.

Point Guard

Doug Wojcik, Navy's career assist leader
Wojcik did an outstanding job of getting the ball inside to David Robinson and Vernon Butler and controlled the game with his playmaking.

Guard

Kylor Whitaker, 13.2 ppg in NCAA tournament
Had the touch to hit open jumpers when Robinson and Butler were double-teamed.

Guard/Forward

Carl Liebert
A solid role player.

Forward

Vernon Butler, 16.4 ppg, 7.4 rebounds/game
Provided the Midshipmen with another powerful presence to go to besides Robinson.

Center

David Robinson, 22.7 ppg, 13 rebounds/game
Simply put: one of the best basketball players of all time.


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