Greatest College Basketball Players of all Time (Part VIII)

November 24, 2019

These players took risks on the court.

Steve Alford (Indiana, 1983-1987): He could have been #1 on this list if free throws were worth five points apiece and getting yelled at was worth 25.

Johnny Neumann (Ole Miss, 1972-1973) and Frank Selvy (Furman, 1951-1954): Only three dudes have averaged 40 points a game for a season. These are the other two guys. Neumann only played during his sophomore year. He has a bad attitude and bad acne.

He jumped straight to the ABA and went bah-bye. Selvy scored 100 points in one game against Newberry College, but it was kind of sketchy. The coach stated that the team had to make sure that Selvy scored as much as possible. That said, 41-of-66 (and 18-of-22 from the line) is quite a game.

Austin Carr (Notre Dame, 1968-1971): Yeah, he had a solid pro career with the Cavaliers, but he was the 1st big-time college scorer of the 70s. It can be said that Carr was the real reason UCLA’s 88-game win streak ended. This is not true since Carr had already graduated. But perhaps his memory offered motivation?

Danny Manning (Kansas, 1984-1988): As a freshman, he appeared overhyped. As it turns out, he was righteously hyped. The Jayhawks won the national title when Manning was a senior, in spite of a so-so 21-11 record during the regular season. If he had gone pro as a junior, they may have missed the NIT.

Freeman Williams (Portland State, 1974-1978): Akin to a more stable World B. Free, the 6-foot-4 Williams averaged 30.9 as a sophomore, 38.8 as a junior, and 35.9 as a senior. If employing the 3-point goal had been Jimmy Carter’s 1st directive as president, Freeman breaks the 40-point barrier at least two times.

J.J. Redick (Duke, 2002-2006): Thousands of people hate Redick. Why? Playing for Duke and not missing enough jump shots. If you drain 22-footers so successfully that it makes total strangers despise you, you’ve done something right.