12. Rik Smits - 7 Feet 4 Inches
Rik Smits was a talented Dutch center who stood 7'4" tall. His jersey No. 45 was retired by the Marist Red Foxes.
Smits guided Marist to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 1986 where they won the ECAC Metro Conference tournament. He steered the Red Foxes to their first-ever 20 victories in Division I history and another trip to the NCAA tournament in 1987.
After being selected with the second overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft he dedicated his whole career to the Indiana Pacers until he retired in 2000.
Smits started in 71 games during his rookie year averaging 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Playing such a game in his early start earned him All-Rookie First Team honors.
He was renowned for his nimble post moves and trustworthy mid-range jump shot which became crucial for the Pacers' 1990s success. His point-per-game during the 1995 - 1996 season was considered the highest after he averaged 18.5 points per game.
After contributing ten points and seven rebounds during the game with the New Jersey Nets he was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1998.
Smits has also represented the senior Dutch national team on the field. He participated in EuroBasket 1987 and the FIBA World Championship in 1986.