Ranking the Best Father-Son Duos in College Basketball Today
Austin Rivers, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Marcus Jordan lead a class of familiar sounding names in college basketball this year. While the dads on this list have an established legacy in the NCAA and NBA, the kids are aiming to make a name for themselves as well.
Many of the kids are leading established programs. Some are even outshining their fathers.
Is there one father-son duo that rises above the rest? Here's a look at the most prominent sons in the NCAA today and their history making fathers.
10. Keith and Bruce Hornsby
Keith Hornsby: Freshman, University of North Carolina-Asheville
Bruce Hornsby: James Blair High School
This author was surprised as anyone to find out that hoops runs in the Hornsby family.
Keith is a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Even though he has only played in one game so far, eyewitness accounts show that the younger Hornsby has some mad ups.
Bruce was a star at James Blair High School and was recruited to play at some DII colleges. He also allegedly beat Allen Iverson in a pickup game.
9. Renaldo and Orlando Woolridge
Renaldo Woolridge: Senior, University of Tennessee, 2010-11 Stats: 1.6 points/1.4 rebounds
Orlando Woolridge: Notre Dame, Career Stats: 10.6 points/5.0 rebounds/1.2 assists
Woolridge will be looking to rebound after an injury-shortened season last year. He will be playing backup power forward for the Vols. According to the Vols' website, Renaldo and Orlando are the only father-son duo to play and beat the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
8. David and John Stockton
David Stockton: Gonzaga University, 2010-11 Stats: 4.2 points/1.3 rebounds/2.1 assists
John Stockton: Gonzaga University, Career Stats: 12.5 points/2.2 rebounds/7.2 assists
Like father, like son. David has been earning his stripes for the Bulldogs. He was placed on scholarship earlier this year.
David comes from a long line of proud 'Zag alumni. In addition to his dad, David's mom played volleyball, and his great-grandfather played halfback for the school's football team in the '20s.
7. Larry Drew II and Larry Drew
Larry Drew II: Junior, UCLA, 2010-11 Stats: 4.4 points/2.3 rebounds/3.9 assists
Larry Drew: Missouri, Career Stats: 12.0 points/2.8 rebounds
The younger Drew looks to rebound from a tumultuous few years at North Carolina. He will have to sit out his first year in L.A. due to eligibility rules.
6. Austin and Doc Rivers
Austin Rivers: Freshman, Duke University, Preseason All-American
Doc Rivers: Marquette University, Career Stats: 13.9 points/3.3 rebounds/4.6 assists/47 percent FG
Austin Rivers has been heavily hyped on his way to playing for the Blue Devils. Fans got a taste of that excitement last summer when Duke barnstormed around China. Doc had a decent career with the Golden Eagles but will probably be remembered more for his coaching abilities.
5. Ralph Sampson III and Ralph Sampson Jr.
Ralph Sampson III: Junior, University of Minnesota, 2010-11 Stats: 10.2 points/5.4 rebounds/2.0 block
Ralph Sampson: University of Virginia, Career Stats: 16.9 points/11.4 rebounds/3.5 blocks, three-time Naismith Award winner, three-time Wooden Award winner, three-time All-American
It's hard to compete with a dad who is one of the best big men of all time in college basketball history. Although, the youngest Sampson has made a name for himself as one of the better centers in the Big Ten.
4. Glen Rice Jr. and Glen Rice
Glen Rice Jr.: Junior, Georgia Tech University, 2010-11 Stats: 12.8 points/5.6 rebounds/2.5 assists
Glen Rice: University of Michigan, Career Stats: 18.2 points/6.4 rebounds/2.4 assists, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, All-American Second Team
Glen Rice Jr. is one of the more experienced and talented players on a rebuilding Georgia Tech squad. It's hard to compete with the résumé of his father, though. The elder Rice scored 184 points in the NCAA tournament, a record which still stands today.
3. Marcus/Jeffery and Michael Jordan
Marcus Jordan: Junior, University of Central Florida, 2010-11 Stats: 15.2 points/2.8 rebounds/3.3 assists
Jeffery Jordan: Senior, University of Central Florida, 2009-10 Stats: 1.6 points/1.3 rebounds/1.7 assists
Michael Jordan: University of North Carolina, Career Stats: 17.7 points/5.0 rebounds/1.8 assists, two-time first-team All-American, Naismith Award winner, Wooden Award winner
It's hard to have the expectations of the world's greatest basketball player on your back. Marcus did pretty well for himself last year, leading the Knights to a spot in the top 25 rankings. His brother Jeff decided to transfer from Illinois in order to play with his brother.
2. Seth and Dell Curry
Seth Curry: Junior, Duke University, 2010-11 Stats: 9.0 points/1.8 rebounds/2.0 assists
Dell Curry: Virginia Tech University, Career Stats: 19.0 points/4.8 rebounds/3.2 assists
Can Seth outshine his older brother, Stephen? He's shown he belongs on the Blue Devils so far this year. He has scored in double digits in his first two games. Seth and Austin Rivers will be a lethal one-two punch in the Blue Devil's backcourt.
Unfortunately, we can't compare the three-point prowess of father and son due to the NCAA adopting a universal three-point line a year after Dell graduated.
1. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr.: Sophomore, University of Michigan, 2010-11 Stats: 13.9 points/3.8 rebounds/1.7 assists, Named to preseason Top 50 Naismith Award Watch
Tim Hardaway: University of Texas El Paso, Career Stats: 12.8 points/2.6 rebounds/4.5 assists, 48 percent FG
This father-son duo is the most balanced of any combo on the list. Tim Hardaway Sr. was a fan favorite and inventor of the "UTEP Two Step." Hardaway Jr. is looking to build on a stellar freshman campaign where he led the Wolverines to the NCAA tournament.