College basketball coaches draw on a variety of experiences to help them lead a team. For many of them, much of that experience comes from their own careers of playing college basketball.
Most college basketball coaches have spent their entire lives around the game, whether it’s through playing or working their way up through the coaching ranks.
Certain coaches were particularly successful during their playing days and many of them were able to continue on and play professionally for a period of time.
The following slideshow looks at college basketball coaches who had great careers as players. The list is in no particular order.