Detroit’s Dave DeBusschere was an exceptional college basketball player.
Even though the Big D was known for his defensive abilities, he still averaged a dazzling 24.8 points and 19.4 rebounds per game in his three varsity seasons.
While at Detroit, DeBusschere also had an outstanding run as a pitcher on the Titans' baseball program.
He was a main reason why Detroit made it to the NCAA baseball tournament three years.
After finishing his collegiate careers, DeBusschere still had opportunities to play both sports at the next level.
DeBusschere played professional baseball for four seasons.
His NBA.com bio describes his days on the diamond:
A tall right-handed pitcher with a lively fastball, he was called up by the White Sox in 1963 and went 3-4 with a 3.09 ERA. During the next two years, DeBusschere compiled a 25-9 record for Chicago's Class AAA Indianapolis farm club.
After this short time, DeBusschere focused his attention and energies on his NBA career.
He was an eight-time NBA All-Star, a six-time All-Defensive First Team selection and a two-time NBA champion.
After his twelve years in the league, DeBusschere was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983.