Four students at William and Mary pulled off the big trick in 1972 to get recognition for a player they thought deserved it.
Paul Pavlich, Reed Bohne, Tom Duncan, and Steven Noll made up the National Association of Collegiate Basketball Writers and then in that name picked the top 15 new players and placed them on an All-America team.
Organizations including the Associated Press picked up and ran the story of the Leo G. Hershberger Award. By the way, Leo was not real either but was said to be a famous sportswriter.
The men were out to get a little love for William & Mary's 6’5 guard/forward Mike Arizin.
Arizin was one of those named to the team along with other greats like Quinn Buckner of Indiana and David Thompson of North Carolina State.
When asked if the decades long prank was something he was proud of Noll said “oh yeah, I think it's fun stuff."
The man who the entire thing was created for, Mike Arizin said "I'm sort of flattered."
The planning and execution of the ruse was spot on to the very final detail.