College basketball has a long and storied history.
Collegehoopsnet.com gives the following account of the beginning of the college game:
"The first recorded game involving a college basketball team took place in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania on April 8, 1893 when a team from Geneva College defeated the New Brighton YMCA.
"The first intercollegiate game was played on February 9, 1895 when Minnesota State School of Agriculture defeated Hamline College by a score of 9 to 3.
"The first intercollegiate game involving the now familiar five-player format occurred in Iowa City, Iowa on January 18, 1896 when the University of Chicago defeated the University of Iowa 15 to 12. Before that time, there were usually seven to nine players on each team."
Over the years, the style of the college game has changed considerably, going from a deliberate, low-scoring battle to a fast-paced, wide-open contest involving some of the best athletes in the world.
While current players continue to take the game to new heights, there have been exceptional players bringing their best for many decades.
The following list (with representatives from eight decades) ranks the 100 best college basketball players of all-time. One of the only requirements to make the list is that an individual had to have been selected as a first team All-American during at least one of his seasons.
The unfortunate truth is that many outstanding players are left off this list...that is unavoidable.
As a fan and a reader, you might view the omission of a certain player as an injustice. I invite your input and feedback. Don't just tell me that I made a mistake. Tell me why and where "your player" deserves to be inserted into this list.
The first several players have their basic statistics and awards listed. As you continue through this catalog of the class of collegiate hoops, I have supplied more details for you.