Former College Basketball Greats Who Would Still Dominate in Today's Game

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Former College Basketball Greats Who Would Still Dominate in Today's Game
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If we had a time machine that allowed us to go back and grab college basketball's greatest players right before their final year in school, which ones would actually still excel during the 2014-15 season?

Have you ever tried to search the Internet for lists of the "greatest college basketball players of all-time?" Type those exact words into a search engine, and one of the first things to show up is a list that Chuck Klosterman made for Grantland in 2011.

This is a travesty, because one of his first criteria was "The individual’s college career must be more meaningful than his pro career." As a result, all-time greats like Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld didn't even make the list because they went on to have great NBA careers.

Bleacher Report's Doug Brodess made a pretty solid list in May 2013, but managed to completely forget about both Jerry Lucas and David Thompson.

Perhaps the best list out there comes from collegehoopedia.com. There's no time stamp for when it was published, but considering Luke Harangody is in the top 100 and Doug McDermott is not, we can assume it was compiled some time between the summer of 2010 and 2013.

Regardless of the moment at which it made its debut, it was from the top 25 players on that list we selected the 10 players who would most dominate today.

 

Unless otherwise noted, all data on the following slides is courtesy of SportsReference.com

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