When it comes to the best college basketball players of all times, theres a lot of talent to choose from. Only certain players however can really be considered the best of the best. On this list I will rank my top college basketball players based off a series a categories.
The categories are
Overall team Accomplishment
10. J.J. Redick Duke, (2002-2006): One of the most prolific shooters/scores in college history. Dude was a threat to pull it anywhere on the court and as a undersized guard, has made a great career for himself in the N.B.A. Redick is also the all-time leading scorer in Duke his history. He finished with 30 points in his final game to defeat North Carolina in the championship.
9. Shaquille O’neal Louisiana State University (1989–1992) Everyone knows about O’neal’s dominance in the N.B.A. but as a college player he was a force in his own right. Over his college career he average 21.6 points per game with 13.5 rebounds. At 7’1 few players had the size and speed of O’neal coupled with unique skill. O’neal was also a was a two-time All-American and a two-time SEC Player of the Year Award winner
8.Elvin Hayes University Of Houston, (1966-1988) Elvin Hayes was an absolute matchup nightmare on the court. In his two years as a Cougar he average 31 points and 17.3 rebounds. In an all-time great game against Abdul-Jabbar he scored 39 points and 15 rebounds. Hayes was also a two time consensus All-American and went on to have a great N.B.A career.
7. Michael Jordan North Carolina (1981-1984) Many regard Jordan as being the goat, but many forget about his college success. As a freshman he was named the ACC Freshman of the Year. His freshman season he averaged 13.4 points on 53.4% shooting. He was able to get anything want on the court. In the 1982 NCAA Championship game he hit the game winning shot against Georgetown lead by Patrick Ewing. Jordan also was selected to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore and junior year.
6. Pete Maravich Louisiana State University , (1967-1970)We all know “Pistol Pete” for his great shooting but in college he was on another level. During his college career his averaged 44.2 points per game and 6.5 rebounds. He played every game as if it was an all star game literally hitting ridiculous jump shots from all over the court. In 1970 he also received the Naismith College Player of the Year Award.
5. Jerry West West Virginia Mountaineers (1957-1960)Most people know Jerry West for his prolific career as a Laker or for being the logo of the N.B.A. What people don’t know is that West was an absolute monster in college. In his college career West averaged 24.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. At only 6.2 his rebounding ability was remarkable. He also received the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Award.
4.Larry Bird Indiana, (1975-1978) Over the course of his college career Bird averaged 30.3 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game. Although he fell to Magic Johnson in the championship game as a senior, his shooting prowess was undeniable gaining N.B.A. interest. As a senior Bird also received theNaismith College Player of the Year Award.
3. Magic Johnson Michigan State, (1978–79 ) Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game as a freshman, and led the Spartans to a 25–5 record, the Big Ten Conference title. He also lead them to a birth in the 1978 NCAA Tournament. In the most watched college basketball game ever Johnson defeated star Larry Bird of Indiana. His legacy lives on as one of the most prolific college and N.B.A. players of all time.
2. Bill Russell University of San Francisco, (1953-1956) Due to Russell’s dominance the NCAA had to rewrite the rules. Because of Russell, basket interference was no longer allowed. Besides going against some of the top college competition, Russell also dealt with racial issues. Racist chants and things thrown were the norm, but Russell’s dominance continued. In his junior season Russell’s team won 28 out of 29 games.Russel lead his team to back to back championships. His career stats total 20.7 points per game and 20.3 rebounds.
1.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar University of California, Los Angeles, (1966-1969). The most dominant prolific college player award goes to no other than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In all three years Abdul- Jabbar attended his team won the national championship. Abdul-Jabbar was also Player of the Year twice and was a three-time first team All-American. To add to his accolades he received theNaismith College Player of the Year in 1969. On the court Abdul-Jabbar was an absolute machine averaging 26.4 points per game and 15.5 rebounds.