Wilt Chamberlain got all over my case when I said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the greatest center of all time because Kareem was multi-dimensional and excelled in every area for a center.  Certainly, Bill Russell was the premier center on defense.  But Wilt was the greatest athlete of the all.  I mean, are you kidding me?  No one of Chamberlain’s size has ever had his combination of strength, quickness, versatility, grace and agility.  He was one of a kind.  Two-sport stars in college are rare in this era of specialization, but they were the rule rather than the exception during Chamberlain’s era in the 1950s and before.

Source: Source:  Tourney Time, Dick Vitale, 1994.  Page 69.

Center Wilt Chamberlain, the leading scorer at the 1957 Final Four for national runner-up Kansas, was also a track athlete who participated in three events in college (high jump, triple jump and shot put).  He was especially adept in the high jump, winning the 1957 Drake Relays (6’6 ½”) and tying for first in the 1958 Big Eight indoor title with what was then a school record (6’6 ¾”).  Chamberlain also played professional volleyball after spending 14 seasons in the NBA.

Source: Source:  Tourney Time, Dick Vitale, 1994.  Page 73.