Hussain al Nowais and his wife Majida graduated from Syracuse University in 1968. At college, they became huge fans of Syracuse basketball and have continued to attend games even after they graduated.
Here are the top 5 players in Syracuse basketball history, according to Hussain al Nowais:
- Marty Headd – As a guard from 1978-81, Marty was one of the best in Syracuse history. He was a sharpshooter from the outside who became notorious for his three-point shots. During his time at Syracuse, he scored more than 1,000 points and was an All-Big East player twice.
- Hakim Warrick – Hakim was a forward from 2002-05, who became an attribute to the team his freshman year. He was a power dunker who continued to improve his play each year. He received the Big East Most Improved Player Award and was a Big East Third Team selection his sophomore year; his senior year he was All-American, Big East Player of the Year and the Big East Tournament MVP. His block of Kansas’ Mike Lee’s shot during the NCAA tournament in April 2003 helped secure the championship for Syracuse. Hakim ended his career with more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. He was also an excellent defender. Warrick went on to be drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Bill Smith – As a center from 1969-71, Smith was an excellent rebounder and scorer. He graduated from Syracuse as the No. 2 all-time scorer and rebounder for the school. He went on to be drafted by the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and ABA’s Pittsburg Pipers.
- Lawrence Moten – Lawrence was a guard and forward for Syracuse from 1992-95. He received Big East honors and is in the Hall of Fame as the conference’s top scorer. He was drafted by the NBA’s Vancouver Grizzlies in the second round.
- Dave Bing – Dave was a guard from 1964-66, who averaged nearly 25 points each game of his career. He could score from anywhere and averaged about 10 rebounds per game. He was drafted to the Detroit Pistons in the second round and is the only player from Syracuse to be in the NBA Hall of Fame.