Greatest College Basketball Players of all Time (Part III)

September 5, 2019

You’ll find some of these names in the books when in comes to the history of basketball.

Chris Jackson (LSU, 1988-1990): Before changing his name and being unjustly harassed for his political ideals, Jackson was a two-season Cajun superstar (he averaged over 30 a night as a freshman). As a sophomore, he played on an LSU team that had Shaquille O’Neal at center and 7-foot, 285-pound Stanley Roberts at power forward.

Adam Morrison (Gonzaga, 2003-2006): He had the best Maui Invitational ever, and a mustache that failed. What’s says college basketball more than that?

Scott May (Indiana, 1973-1976): The textbook example of a man created only for the college game. His kid might be similar. Both warrant recognition.

Rex Chapman (Kentucky, 1986-1988): There’s a book in the library that described Rex like this: “Jumps like a brother, shoots like your mother.” Supposedly Chapman did have a lot of 7-for-18 games in his life, but the 7 he made were frequently worth it. He was clutch. And folks in Kentucky still loves Rex Chapman.

Juan Dixon (Maryland, 1998-2002): No matter what happens, I’ll always feel that Juan Dixon had much more talent than Steve Blake. And I and many other folks in the free world like Steve Blake; I just can’t understand how the things Dixon did at Maryland couldn’t translate to the next level. And that makes me like him more.

Rick Mount (Purdue, 1966-1970): The fact that folks still refer to Rick Mount as the definitive paragon of jump shot purity is one of life’s most incredible mysteries.

Tom Gola (La Salle, 1952-1955): Fellows from La Salle put up bongo numbers. Gola had 2,201 career rebounds. True, they came during a time when boards were easier to come by. Still, how does a guy end up with more rebounds in three seasons than the number of points Patrick Ewing scored in four?