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    I'm calling bullshit on Wilt as a volleyball player.
    His V-Ball ability was on a par with his high jump prowess, which is to say that IF he had pursued the sport seriously and learned techniques younger (when he could still bend his knees) he might have been great.
    But Wilt only started V-ball after he landed in LA with the Lakers, after his weight and physical state had eroded significantly. He liked the volleyball scene but never mastered ANY V-Ball skills. He could block well if someone hit straight at him, but his lateral mobility was minimal. His indoor team experience amounted to being surrounded by a healthy assortment of the best American players of the era who covered the rest of the court and could make up for Wilt's deficiencies.
    In the 2-man beach setting he partnered from time time with Erickson and other top beach players but never came close to winning a major tourney. Teams simply served Wilt every time because his ability to cover court and lack of skill resulted in passes spraying all over the beach leaving his partner scrambling and exhausted.
    Wilt was great for publicizing the game but on the sand he was really no match for the best high school players of the era.
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    Jackie Robinson had a pretty nice multi-sport career at UCLA too
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    While this obvious won't count, Ted Williams is in both the Baseball and Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
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    a somewhat related thread from 8 years ago

    https://trackandfieldnews.com/discus...i-sport-trivia
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    Quote Originally Posted by donley2 View Post
    This is definitely an unusual combination as far as I can tell at the Power 5 Division 1 level.
    All conference in both basketball and volleyball.
    https://www.kstatesports.com/news/20...12-honors.aspx
    All American in both basketball and volleyball in the same year. (And the national player of the year in volleyball.)

    Two NCAA championships in volleyball and an Olympic gold medal in basketball.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Williams

    Five time All American (four in volleyball and one in basketball.) Six Final Fours (four in volleyball and two in basketball) and three NCAA titles (all volleyball).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristin_Folkl

    Both chose to play basketball after college. Huge losses to USA Volleyball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Yeah, I do. Jim Brown - greatest running back of all-time, greatest lacrosse player of all-time.
    Jim Thorpe - greatest all-rounder in his era, greatest football player in his era
    No way Wilt is the greatest in either basketball or volleyball
    Concur, Jim and Neon were better dual sport and Bo was best all-around (as noted he was also a state decathlon champ).
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    This athlete chose volleyball after college. National Player of the Year in volleyball and all conference in basketball.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danielle_Scott-Arruda
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    Quote Originally Posted by jc203 View Post
    I'm calling bullshit on Wilt as a volleyball player . . . he was really no match for the best high school players of the era.
    I'm OK with the BS call, but he would have been THE dominant VB HS star, just because no one could have blocked him and he could have blocked them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TN1965 View Post
    This athlete chose volleyball after college. National Player of the Year in volleyball and all conference in basketball.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danielle_Scott-Arruda
    Scott-Arruda competed at 5 Olympics in indoor volleyball for USA - 1996-2012
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    UCLA has the edge in dual Hoops/V-Ball players. In addition to Erickson, there was John Vallely (2-time NCAA Final-4 All Tourney teams on UCLA national hoops championship fives combined with selection to the Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame). Vallely played a few years for the NBA Hawks, largely on the bench behind other guards: Maravich, Walt Hazzard, Lou Hudson.
    And there Greg Lee (point guard on the UCLA teams with Walton and Wilkes). Lee and his partner Jim Menges dominated the pro beach tour for several years and is also a Beach Volleyball Hall of Famer.
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