Best college player you've ever seen?

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Re: Best college player you've ever seen? 

Post#81 » by KLS » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:24 pm

DoubleEagle4 wrote:I think a lot of people forget how dominant KD was his freshman year at Texas. Also Steph Curry was insane in the tournament with Davidson. JJ Reddick, Tyler Hansbrough, Adam Morrison, Anthony Davis & Doug McDermott come to mind in recent years.

If Hansbrough and Morrison are on this list, then Jimmer Fredette has to be on there too. They all carried their teams with Jimmer at BYU having probably much lesser players on the team and yet they made it to the final 8. He out performed against Kawhi Leonard when they played against each other. Too bad Jimmer never had a real chance in NBA. The way he dominated the D League and China's CBA, he should at least have a backup PG role or the 6th man in NBA. If Calderon is still playing with that kind of defense, Jimmer should at least get a spot at the 3rd guard. He scored over 30 points against Houston when his Shanghai Sharks played against Houston in preseason. So it is not like he can't score against NBA defenders. So why he didn't get any chance to play in NBA ?
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Post#82 » by kuclas » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:32 pm

The late 70s 80s probably the best college players since most played 3-4 seasons. It’s hard to say these one and dones were the best simply cause a 4 year started in Patrick Ewing was simply better than one and one Carmelo Anthony. Even though Carmelo was rapidly improving in his only year.

3-4 year guys like Sampson, Ewing, Akeem, David Robinson, Tim Duncan were simply better college players than any one and done 18-19 year old. It’s plan fact.

Of course going earlier. Alcindor, Walton were better as well.
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Post#83 » by kuclas » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:09 pm

Danny Manning was a pretty awesome player as well.
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Post#84 » by aemannarwal » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:45 am

markjay wrote:Lew Alcindor

Ppl had to Google this guy.. cause.. u know y
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Post#85 » by m haynes » Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:27 pm

Qiuck list to lazy to look up name spelling

Here some of the great for a 60 tr old
darryl griffith
glenn rice
danny manning
kristian lathner
patrick ewing
David robinson

The best was IMO Bill Walton

ps forgot Isaiah Thomas , Pervis Ellerson
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Post#86 » by Curmudgeon » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:03 am

Kareem or Walton. Among non centers, I'd have to go with Jimmy Walker.
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Post#87 » by pdevos » Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:28 pm

Timeframe caveat: The first live games I ever really remember watching was March Madness 1987. David Robinson, I think I watched 3 of his games and I was hooked.

Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, David Robinson, Larry Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Derrick Coleman, Kenny Anderson, Billy Owens, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Allen Iverson, Jim Jackson, Hubert Davis, Chris Webber, Jamal Mashburn, Jason Kidd, Glenn Robinson, Michael Finley, Jerry Stackhouse, Paul Pierce, Antawn Jamison, Baron Davis, Andre Miller (Utah), Keith Van Horn, Lamar Odom, Voshon Leonard, Carmelo Anthony...

Then didn't watch as much bball for awhile and it was mostly 1-and-done so you didn't get as many seasoned players aka "great" players IMO, very talented tho...I will list players who were still great even as freshman while skipping very talented but not great at that point (e.g. Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, Cousins, etc)...

Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Steph Curry, Blake Griffin, Emeka Okafor, Ray Allen, Buddy Hield.

Best I would probably say Shane Battier or Grant Hill. Just incredibly complete players, so much poise, so smart, and just complete all-around game. Shaquille O'Neal was just shocking for me. To see a human that big, spin, move, run, and jump like that. It was mind-blowing it could even be possible. I say that even having seen Zion Williamson. Shaq still on a whole other "shock" level for me.
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Post#89 » by Norm2953 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 3:45 am

Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lew Alcindor). In 1967, SI put him on the cover of their college basketball preview and put out the question is there any team that can hope to challenge UCLA with him at center.
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Post#90 » by BigRedDog » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:40 am

philly5 wrote:Jay Williams

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Agreed. Came to the thread to say him. the guy was on another planet than everyone else. That Maryland comeback where he dropped 10 points in like 90 seconds...simply unbelievable
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Post#91 » by total1096 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:45 am

Bill Walton
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Post#92 » by dunlop212 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 8:09 pm

None of the recent guys count. You can't compare frosh to seniors.

I am old enough to have seen Alcindor, Maravich, and Ewing live. I was also in the stands when Bill Bradley went for 56 in the NCAA consolation game.

But hands down, the best college player I ever saw was Bill Walton.
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Post#93 » by Cavsfansince84 » Sat Sep 7, 2019 3:20 pm

Best I watched was probably Laettner. His mixture of length, shooting and bb iq was so much more than any college team could handle back then. If we are just listing guys one guy who I haven't seen mentioned who should be is Bird.
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Post#94 » by Tiny ball » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:00 pm

Walton and Bird. Pistol Pete.
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Post#95 » by King Ken » Fri Oct 18, 2019 1:27 pm

Freshman: Zion, Durant, AD, or Oden

Upperclassmen: Shaq, Laettner, D. Hunter, or Horford
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Post#96 » by mattg » Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:30 pm

The best in the last 20 years were

AD(best college defender I’ve seen in my lifetime)
Steph Curry
Jay Williams
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Post#97 » by bigboi » Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:01 am

Kemba. His run that year was insane. He was cooking from the beginning of the year.

Zion was nasty as well
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Lebron made it to the finals with that cleveland team.

Bird would have won 4 rings with that team, in this weak ass era of basketball.
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Post#98 » by bluejerseyjinx » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:16 pm

I'm going with a couple homer picks. A lot of great players have come through Carolina since I was a kid. I would have to go with Michael Jordan and James Worthy.
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Re: Best college player you've ever seen? 

Post#99 » by Ashwood » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:08 pm

It's hard to call one name. Probably J.J. Redick or Anthony Davis.

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