Top 10 Greatest Chicago College Basketball Players - #3

This is a continuation of Chicago College Basketball's Top 10 players
in Chicago college basketball history. #3 was a national college player of the year during his college days at DePaul.

Already revealed players:

#10 David Holston - Chicago State
#9 Drake Diener - DePaul
#8 Kenny Williams - UIC
#7 Leslie Hunter - Loyola
#6 Evan Eschmeyer - Northwestern
#5 Jerry Harkness - Loyola
#4 Joseph Reiff - Northwestern
3. Mark Aguirre - DePaul: Aguirre was a hometown Chicago boy. He was born in the city on December 10, 1959. As a 6'6" forward he perplexed opponents while at DePaul. He averaged 24.5 points per game over three seasons and was named the 1981 College Player of the Year by The Sporting News. He was also a two-time All-American.

The Blue Demons went to the Final Four during the 1978-79 season - Aguirre's freshman year - before losing to Larry Bird and Indiana State. Aguirre was drafted first overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1981 NBA Draft and went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA. He was a three-time NBA All-Star and won two championships with the Pistons in 1989 and 1990.

Aguirre is DePaul's all-time leading scorer with 2,182 points. His 47 points against Maine on January 6, 1981 are the second most in one game in Blue Demon history. He also scored 45 points against local rival Loyola-Chicago on March 5, 1979.

This short article appeared in Sports Illustrated after Aguirre's playing days were over. Check back on Monday and Tuesday for the final two!

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