- Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon, a native of Nigeria, led the Houston Cougars to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances. He was named MVP of the 1983 NCAA Tournament and was a consensus first team All-American in 1984. Olajuwon was the first pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. Olajuwon played 17 seasons for the Houston Rockets from 1984-2001. He is the team's all-time leader in points (26,511), rebounds (13,382), blocked shots (3,740), steals (2,088) and games (1,177). Olajuwon also set the NBA record for career blocked shots. A 12 time All-Star, he was named the NBA's MVP in 1994. "The Dream" led the Rockets to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. He was named NBA Finals MVP both years. In 1996 he was selected as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. Olajuwon was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.