As Tim Duncan vies for another NBA championship, it’s a great time to celebrate the rare breed for which he’s become the shining symbol: superstar college basketball players who stay in school for four years. Between today’s one-and-done stars and the pre-1973 ban on freshman eligibility, the number of truly great players with four college seasons on their resumes is shockingly small.
Duncan was one of the best of that group, developing from a defensive specialist into a No. 1 overall draft pick in his time at Wake Forest. Even his record-setting career, though, can’t lift him to the top of a list that includes some of the most gifted players and greatest champions of the last four decades.
Read on for more on Duncan’s time with the Demon Deacons and his place among the ten greatest four-year icons in history, ranked with an eye to both individual stats and team accomplishments.