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YouTube Gold: Fire And Ice

Jim Valvano had some fun players at NC State, but his best backcourt may have been Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe, aka Fire and Ice.

Corchiani, a fiery point guard, was the fire of course, and Monroe, an elegant, unflappable scorer was the ice.

And they were a legitimately great backcourt. Corchiani was not hugely talented but he was tremendously intelligent. You might compare him to Georgia Tech’s Jose Alvarado, although Alvarado is arguably a bit more talented. But both guys had the same basic knack: they were great leaders who got their teammates to play at a higher level.