The Philadelphia Big 5 represents one of the most storied traditions and unique rivalries of college basketball.
For those "secluded" fans who do not know...The Big 5 consists of five celebrated Philadelphia universities (La Salle, Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Villanova) who, since 1955, have played each other every year for a Big 5 championship.
All Big 5 men's basketball teams play each other once per season for a total of four games per team. There is no season-ending Big 5 Tournament, so a "champion" of this unofficial athletics group is determined by a round-robin tournament.
No other city in the nation has ever had as many major universities competing so passionately for such a coveted title as the City of Brotherly Love.
As of 2010, at least one team from the Big 5 has made it into the NCAA Tournament for 33 consecutive years.
The Robert V. Geasey Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding basketball player in the Philadelphia Big 5.
Some players have won the Geasey Trophy more than once; Four players have won it three times.
The following is a list of the Top 25 Players in Philadelphia Big 5 College Hoops History.
The players listed here come from six decades of amazing Philadelphia collegiate basketball.
While the players' entire bodies of work are considered, extra emphasis is given to their performance in Big 5 games.