Top 100 College Basketball Players of All-Time

   

  • David Thompson – North Carolina State
    Led North Carolina State to the 1974 NCAA championship with a 30-1 record. 1975 Naismith Award Winner. First-Team All-America in 1973, 1974, and 1975.

  • Larry Bird - Indiana State
    Bird was name All-America First Team in 1978 and 1979, and he led Indiana State to the 1979 NCAA championship game against Michigan State. 1979 Naismith Award Winner.

  • Christian Laettner - Duke
    Mr. Clutch. Best known for his game-winning last-second shot in Duke's dramatic 104-103 victory over Kentucky in the East regional final of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Only player in NCAA tournament history to start in four consecutive Final Fours. Naismith National Player of the Year: 1992. Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1992.

  • Elvin Hayes - Houston
    Scored 39 points in the classic 71-69 win over UCLA, breaking the Bruins' 47-game winning streak. The Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1968. All-America First Team in 1967 and  1968.

  • Magic Johnson – Michigan State
    Led Michigan State to NCAA Championship over Larry Bird's Indiana State Team in 1979. All-America 1978 and  1979. Would be higher on the list except he left college early to play for the Lakers.

  • Jerry Lucas - Ohio State
    Led Ohio State to the 1961 and 1962 NCAA championship games. Lost both to Cincinnati. The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1961 and 1962. Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1960.

  • Wilt Chamberlain - Kansas
    Wilt led Kansas to the 1957 championship game, a 54-53 triple overtime loss to North Carolina. First Team All-America in 1957 and 1958. Left college early to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.

  • Bill Bradley – Princeton
    Anyone who leads an Ivy League team to the final four has to be on this list. 1965 AP Player of the Year. First Team All-America in 1964 and 1965.  Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1964.

  • Tyler Hansbrough - North Carolina
    2009 Sporting News College Basketball Athlete of the Decade. Only player in ACC history to be named unanimous first-team All-ACC four times. Lead North Carolina to the NCAA 2009 National Championship.

  • Danny Manning – Kansas
    Led the Jayhawks to the 1988 NCAA championship. First Team All-America in 1987 and 1988. The consensus College Player of the Year in 1988.

  • Jerry West – West Virginia
    Led West Virginia to NCAA Finals in1959.  All-America First Team in 1959 and 1960. Co-captain, Olympic gold medal-winning team in 1960.

  • George Mikan - DePaul
    Led DePaul to the 1945 NIT championship. National Player of the Year in 1946. First Team All-America in 1944 and 1945.

  • Ralph Sampson - Virginia
    At the University of Virginia he was voted National Player of the Year in three of his four seasons.He was one of only two male players in the history of college basketball to receive the Naismith Award as the National Player of the Year three times (Bill Walton of UCLA was the other male).

  • Michael Jordan – North Carolina
    He scored the game-winning basket in the 1982 NCAA championship game against the Georgetown. College player of the year in 1984. Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1984.

  • Tom Gola - La Salle College
    Sixth person in history to be four-time All-America selection (1952-55), Led La Salle to NIT Championship in 1952 and the NCAA championship in 1954. 1955 NCAA runner-up to San Francisco and Bill Russell.

  • Patrick Ewing – Georgetown
    Led Georgetown to the 1984 NCAA championship. All-America in 1983, 1984, and 1985. 1985 Naismith Award. Member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in 1984.
     

  • Isiah Thomas – Indiana

  • Elgin Baylor - Seattle University

  • Darrell Griffith - University of Louisville

  • Phil Ford - North Carolina

  • Rick Mount - Purdue

  • Rick Barry - University of Miami

  • Cazzie Russell - University of Michigan

  • Austin Carr - Notre Dame

  • Bob Cousy - Holy Cross College

  • Bobby Hurley - Duke

  • Larry Johnson - UNLV

  • Bob Lanier -  St. Bonaventure

  • Chris Mullin - St. John's University

  • Scott May - Indiana University

  • Sidney Wicks - UCLA

  • Shane Battier - Duke

  • Tim Duncan - Wake Forrest

  • Bob Kurland - Oklahoma State

  • Steve Alford - Indiana University

  • Bob Pettit - LSU

  • Akeem Olajuwon - University of Houston

  • Walt Hazzard - UCLA

  • Clyde Lovellette - Kansas

  • Ralph Beard - Kentucky

  • John Wooden - Purdue

  • David Robinson - Navy

  • Butch Lee - Marquette

  • Cliff Hagan - Kentucky

  • James Worthy - North Carolina

  • Hank Luisetti - Stanford

  • Artis Gilmore - Jacksonville University

  • Calvin Murphy - Niagara University

  • Sihugo Green - Duquesne University

  • Mark Aguirre - DePaul

  • Danny Ferry - Duke

  • Wayman Tisdale - Oklahoma

  • Marques Johnson - UCLA

  • Alex Groza - Kentucky

  • Dan Issel - Kentucky

  • Shaquille O’Neal - LSU

  • Gail Goodrich - UCLA

  • Wes Unseld - University of Louisville

  • Teresa Edwards - Georgia

  • Lennie Rosenbluth - North Carolina

  • Glenn Robinson - Purdue

  • Paul Arizin - Villanova

  • Cheryl Miller - USC

  • Adrian Dantley - Notre Dame

  • Sean Elliot - University of Arizona

  • Antawn Jamison - North Carolina

  • Len Bias - Maryland

  • Johnny Dawkins - Duke

  • Keith Lee - Memphis State

  • Grant Hill - Duke

  • Sidney Moncrief - Arkansas

  • Sheryl Swoopes - Texas Tech

  • Jim McDaniels - Western Kentucky

  • Terry Dischinger - Purdue

  • Mike Bibby - Arizona

  • Jason Williams - Duke

  • Jameer Nelson - Saint Joseph’s

  • Diana Taurasi - Connecticut

  • Bailey Howell - Mississippi State

  • Bo Lamar - University of Louisiana at Lafayette

  • Dean Meminger - Marquette University

  • T.J. Ford  - Texas

  • Julius Erving - University of Massachusetts

  • John Lucas - Maryland

  • Kenyon Martin - University of Cincinnati

  • Jamal Mashburn - Kentucky

  • Chamique Holdsclaw - Tennessee

  • Chet Walker - Bradley

  • Juan Dixon - Maryland

  • Dave Bing - Syracuse

  • Matteen Cleaves - Michigan State

  • Andrew Bogut - Utah

  • Richard Hamilton - Connecticut

  • Marcus Camby - Massachusetts

  • Billy Cunningham - North Carolina