The best NBA player from major college programs

The best NBA player from major college programs


The best NBA player from major college programs

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C.J. McCollum was a four-year star at the NCAA powerhouse known as Lehigh. He was a member of the team that stunned second-seeded Duke as a 15 seed in 2012. McCollum led the NBA in foul shooting in 2017, a year after being chosen the Most Improved Player in the league.


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Adonal Foyle averaged 4.1 ppg and 4.7 rebounds while playing for four teams.


Danny Ainge has proven to be a smart guard on the court and in the front office. He is a two-time NBA champion and one-time All-Star. He’s currently the GM and President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics.

GRAMBLING: Willis Reed

Willis Reed was a second-round pick of the New York Knicks in 1964. He was a two-time champion and two-time Finals MVP. We are coming up on the 50th anniversary of the famous Game 7 in 1970 when he limped onto the court and hit two shots, inspiring the Knicks’ romp over the Lakers to their first championship.

NAVY: David Robinson

From the Naval Academy to the San Antonio Spurs with a stint in the Navy bridging them. A 10-time All-Star, two-time NBA champ and 1995 league MVP, Robinson averaged a double-double in points and rebounds and threw in three blocks a game for good measure.

San Francisco: Bill Russell

Bill Russell is arguably the biggest force to play in NBA history. He is an 11-time NBA champ as a player and two-time as a coach. A 12-time All-Star and five-time league MVP, Russell averaged 15-plus points and an insane 22.5 rebounds per game.

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