It’s something that all serious sports fans know, but how much it matters often depends on the sport. I would venture to guess that most baseball teams would rather have a slow first baseman who hits 50 home runs than one who legs out a few infield singles.
The argument could even be made (although perhaps not too successfully) that a slow, power-run based attack in football is more effective than a speed-based spread attack.
But when it comes to college basketball, it is hard to deny how effective speed can be. It can lead to easy baskets in transition, wear out opponents and even be utilized on the defensive end to cut off angles and drives to the basket.
With that in mind, here are 25 of the quickest players in the game. Feel free to let me know if I missed anyone since there are so many athletes and a lack of quantifiable speed statistics such as football’s 40 times.