10. Christian Laettner ' Duke
Best known for his game-winning last-second shot in Duke’s dramatic 104-103 victory over Kentucky in the East regional final of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Won the national championship in 1991 and 1992, and is one of three players in NCAA tournament history to lead his team to four consecutive Final Fours.
9. Alex Groza ' Kentucky
The center of the “Fabulous Five” that won the 1948 and 1949 NCAA championships, Groza was three-time All-American and All-SEC, and two-time NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He also was a member of the gold medal-winning 1948 US Olympic basketball team.
8. David Thompson ' NC State
A three-time All-American, he was given the nickname “Skywalker” because of his 48-inch vertical leap. Along with teammate Monte Towe, he is credited with inventing the alley-oop pass. He led North Carolina State to the 1974 NCAA championship.
7. Bob Kurland ' Oklahoma State
A seven-foot center in the 1940s, when that wasn't exactly commonplace, Kurland led then Oklahoma A & M University to consecutive NCAA titles in 1945 and 1946.
6. Pete Maravich ' LSU
Maravich is still the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, averaging 44.2 points per game, without the benefit of a three-point line. He also scored more than 50 points in a game an NCAA record 28 times, and was named a three-time All-American. “Pistol Pete” set 11 NCAA and 34 Southeastern Conference records.
5. Oscar Robertson ' Cincinnati
Considered one of the greatest guards to ever play basketball, Robertson was voted College Player of the Year and led the nation in scoring during his sophomore, junior and senior years at Cincinnati. He never won a championship, but the year after he graduated the Bearcats won their first of two consecutive titles.
4. Jerry Lucas ' Ohio State
Lucas led Ohio State to three straight NCAA finals appearances and won it all in 1960. He was an All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year all three years he played for the Buckeyes, and is the only player to record 30 points and 30 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.
3. Bill Russell ' San Francisco
Russell led the Dons to consecutive NCAA championships in 1955 and 1956, including a string of 55 consecutive victories. He averaged 20.7 points per game and 20.3 rebounds per game for his college career.
2. Bill Walton ' UCLA
Walton was the leader of a Bruins team that won an NCAA record 88 consecutive games as well as the 1972 and 1973 championships. In the ྅ title game, Walton made 21 of 22 field goal attempts and scored 44 points.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ' UCLA
Kareem's UCLA teams (he was known then as Lew Alcindor) went a combined 88-2 from 1966 to 1969, winning the national championship in three of those seasons (1967, 1968, 1969). He was twice named Player of the Year, was a three-time First Team All-American and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament three times.
– ' from The Mad Dog Hall Of Fame, The Ultimate Top-Ten Rankings of the Best In Sports by Christopher Russo