College Basketball's Top 20 Players of the 2000's

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College Basketball's Top 20 Players of the 2000's

The first decade of the 21st Century was the best of times and the worst of times for college basketball.

The NBA's requirement that a player must be a year removed from high school has resulted in some programs being carried to new heights by players of breathtaking talent, only to watch the bottom fall out when that freshman leaves immediately to make his mark as a pro.

On the other hand, the rule has given college hoop fans a chance to watch some spectacular athletes that they otherwise would have never gotten to see on campus at all.

Bleacher Report's College Basketball Featured Columnists have collaborated on a project designed to bring you the best of those who graced college courts from the 1999-2000 season to this year.

Of the 20 players named to this list, all were first-round NBA draft picks, except one...and he likely will become one this June.

All were All-Americans at least once.

Ten played in a Final Four, with only three of them playing in more than one (and two of them did it together). Five hoisted NCAA Championship trophies, with two being named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Without exception, though, all of them were fun to watch in college and, in most cases, beyond.

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