The Fighting Irish round out their starting 5 with "Black Magic" or "Earl the Pearl" Earl Monroe.
Before the arrival of "Magic" Johnson there was another "Magic" -- "Black Magic," also known as "Earl the Pearl." He was Earl Monroe, a dazzling ballhandler and one-on-one virtuoso who made crowds gasp with his slashing drives to the hoop. Monroe joined the NBA in 1967 and parlayed his talents into a distinguished 13-year career. He was part of a changing of the guard in the NBA, arriving at a time when high scorers like Dave Bing and Jerry West were showing that the backcourt could rack up points just as effectively as the center position.
Honors: Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1990); NBA champion (1973); All-NBA First Team (1969); NBA Rookie of the Year (1968); NBA All-Rookie Team (1968); Four-time NBA All-Star (1969, '71, '75, '77); One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996).
G FG% FT% Rebs RPG Asts APG Stls Blks Pts PPG
926 .464 .807 2,796 3.0 3,594 3.9 473 121 17,454 18.8
F Julius Erving
F Elvin Hayes
C George Mikan
G Oscar Robertson
G Earl Monroe