High Flyers And Over-Achievers: the Best Men’s College Basketball Players Of All Time

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All of the members on this list of the Top 5 Men's College Basketball Players were legends in the NBA, made tons of money, won tons of championships and went to the Basketball Hall of Fame. But what they did in the NBA and their private lives isn't what Top 5 is concerned with. Top 5 is looking solely at what they did before they went on to the NBA. This list of players started their treks to greatness in college where they also led their teams to championships and slept with lots of women, and we're sure a few got a few dollars under the table. Some even went to class and earned their degrees. It would be hard to argue with this list, but Top 5 is sure you will, so go ahead and make our day.
High Flyers And Over-Achievers: the Best Men’s College Basketball Players Of All Time
Image Credit: Bonita R. Cheshier / Shutterstock.com
All of the members on this list of the Top 5 Men's College Basketball Players were legends in the NBA, made tons of money, won tons of championships and went to the Basketball Hall of Fame. But what they did in the NBA and their private lives isn't what Top 5 is concerned with. Top 5 is looking solely at what they did before they went on to the NBA. This list of players started their treks to greatness in college where they also led their teams to championships and slept with lots of women, and we're sure a few got a few dollars under the table. Some even went to class and earned their degrees. It would be hard to argue with this list, but Top 5 is sure you will, so go ahead and make our day.
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Honorable Mention

Jerry West - West Virginia(1957-1960)
Before he became "Mr. Clutch" with the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA emblem and one of the greatest general managers in the history of sports, West got his start as a dominating guard at West Virginia. West averaged 24.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game and still holds many of West Virginia's all-time records. He was a two-time All-American and Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1959, leading the Mountaineers to the championship game. In that tournament West scored an NCAA record 160 points and averaged 30 per game.



David Thompson - North Carolina State(1973-1975)
Before Michael Jordan became the high-flying dunk machine we all came to know and eventually get tired of, there was David Thompson. One of the few great players in the state of North Carolina not to play for the Tar Heels or for Duke, Thompson helped lead North Carolina State to its first national championship in 1974. "Skywalker" Thompson had an incredible 48-inch vertical leap and pretty much invented the alley-oop pass and dunk with teammate Monte Towe, although the slam dunk was outlawed in college basketball. The 1975 Naismith College Player of the Year, three-time All-American and Basketball Hall of Famer averaged 26.8 points and eight rebounds a game. Thompson only dunked once in college in his very last game and quite naturally the killjoys officials gave him a technical foul.



Ralph Sampson - Virginia(1980-1983)
With so many great players in college basketball history, Sampson seems to get lost in the shuffle mainly because he was never able cash in a national title, and played in the same conference as North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State. But don't blame him, because Sampson did his part. He did get the Virginia Cavaliers to the Final Four in 1981. The seven footer was also one of the most dominate centers in college basketball history averaging 16.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Sampson was also a three-time All-American, Naismith award and Adolph Trophy winner, and two-time John Wooden Award winner.


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