When Baylor’s Scott Drew, Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Houston’s Kelvin Sampson and UCLA’s Mick Cronin gathered in Indianapolis for the 2021 Final Iv, it was an unquestioned assemblage of iv of the finest and about respected coaches in men’south college basketball.
What it wasn’t, however, was a reunion of former playing greats — 3 of terminal year’s Final Four coaches never played a second of higher basketball. Few and Cronin suffered high school injuries that prevented them from pursuing college hoops. Drew played tennis in higher. Sampson played basketball but was neither a star nor a household name during his playing days at UNC Pembroke.
If two Final Fours can really exist called a trend, and we say they absolutely can, it would be appropriate to annotation that seven of the past eight Sectionalisation I Last Four coaches did non play Division I college basketball. Chris Beard, late of 2019 national runner-up Texas Tech, did not play at Texas. Bruce Pearl, who near got Auburn to the 2019 title game, didn’t play
basketball game. Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, also in the ‘xix Terminal Four, was a Division Two standout at Northern Michigan. The outlier in that group of eight? Virginia’southward Tony Bennett, who starred at Wisconsin-Greenish Bay and is one of only five men to play meaningful minutes in the NBA and also win a national championship in college basketball (Kevin Ollie, Billy Donovan, John Thompson, Al McGuire).
But Bennett is non in the 2022 NCAA tournament. The other seven guys mentioned in a higher place are.
The wide disparity between the coaches at the top and lesser of the list below is but another marvel of an eternally curious game. The ability to sink a 3 or catch a lob is proven to have no relationship to winning every bit a coach at the highest level, but it is fun to examine withal. As ever, our rankings of the 68 NCAA tournament coaches every bit players listing was devised in largely unscientific style by the author, who however has non discovered a method to reliably compare a Division III star to a D-Ii reserve to a D-I walk-on. (Experience costless to vent your frustrations like this guy did if you take issue with the rankings).
First, the breakdown of highest level of basketball achieved from this year’s group:
NBA (regular-season roster):
Other professional basketball game feel:
Division I college basketball:
Lower NCAA levels, NAIA, or junior higher:
High school (varsity roster):
No varsity high school experience:
68. Bruce Pearl, Auburn Tigers
— Pearl did not play basketball at Sharon (Massachusetts) High School, as an injury suffered playing football during his freshman year prevented him from pursuing athletics. Pearl’due south path to coaching came afterward he was hired as a student assistant at Boston College under Dr. Tom Davis, and was later added to Davis’ coaching staff at Stanford.
67. Leon Rice, Boise State Broncos
— Rice played junior varsity basketball at Richland High School in southeast Washington but did not lace ’em upwardly in his collegiate stops at Columbia Basin College or Washington State. Rice did play higher football for Columbia Basin — the only former college football player on this year’s survey.
66. Scott Drew, Baylor Bears
— Drew’s playing days ended with the JV team at Valparaiso (Indiana) Loftier School. Though his brother, Bryce, played in the NBA, Scott Drew was a tennis player (he played on the team simply didn’t letter) and basketball director at Butler.
65. Niko Medved, Colorado State Rams
— Medved played point baby-sit for four years at Roseville Area High School in suburban Minneapolis, besides lettering in golf. Medved did not play basketball at Minnesota, instead launching his career in coaching while working equally a director and later on a student assistant for Clem Haskins with the Gold Gophers.
64. Chris Beard, Texas Longhorns
— Beard was a regular for McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, just did non play college basketball game at Texas. And so-Longhorns motorbus Tom Penders gave Beard a managerial job, and he’d eventually go a student assistant at the school.
63. Brian Dutcher, San Diego State Aztecs
— Dutcher played his final level of competitive basketball for the varsity squad at Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, later attending the University of Minnesota but not playing under his father, Jim Dutcher, the Golden Gophers’ head coach from 1975 to 1986. The younger Dutcher worked for his dad in a non-playing role during college before beginning his coaching career at Apple Valley (Minnesota) High Schoolhouse and later the University of Illinois.
62. Greg Gard, Wisconsin Badgers
— Gard was a three-sport athlete (including hoops) at Iowa-Grant Loftier in rural Livingston, Wisconsin, only did not play basketball game in higher at Wisconsin-Platteville. He did play baseball at UW-Platteville in the 1990s merely was cutting before his sophomore year.
61. Mark Few, Gonzaga Bulldogs
— Few led Creswell (Oregon) Loftier to the state’s AAA semifinals as a senior betoken guard. Shoulder problems prevented him from playing at Linfield College, where he intended to play basketball and baseball.
threescore. John Becker, Vermont Catamounts
— Becker was a good loftier school player at Roger Ludlowe High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. Read here nigh his 35-point game as a senior. Becker did non play intercollegiate basketball at Cosmic University, his alma mater.
59. Mick Cronin, UCLA Bruins
— Despite his atomic stature (v-foot-seven), Cronin was a skillful high school point guard under his father, Hep, at Cincinnati’south La Salle High. Cronin reportedly led the city in assists and was 2nd in iii-point percentage during his junior season of 1988-89, but a articulatio genus injury sustained as a senior was a factor in Cronin’s playing career ending before he reached college at Cincinnati.
58. Kevin Nickelberry, LSU Tigers
— LSU’southward interim charabanc played two seasons as a walk-on at the Sectionalization Three level for Virginia Wesleyan University of Virginia Embankment.
57. Mark Adams, Texas Tech Cherry Raiders
— Adams received a scholarship to play basketball at South Plains Higher, a community higher in Levelland, Texas, before transferring to Texas Tech (where he did non play basketball) to finish his undergraduate studies. Adams began his motility into coaching while in Lubbock, serving as a student banana nether then-caput coach Gerald Myers.
56. Griff Aldrich, Longwood Lancers
— Aldrich played at Division 3 Hampden-Sydney, appearing on a pair of NCAA tournament teams with the Tigers and serving every bit a team captain as a senior in 1995-96. Aldrich was college teammates and close friends with current Utah State motorbus Ryan Odom, under whom Aldrich later on served at UMBC.
55. T.J. Otzelberger, Iowa Land Cyclones
— Otzelberger was a three-year letterwinner every bit a guard at the Division 3 level for Wisconsin-Whitewater, before his playing career with the Warhawks was cut brusque due to lateral compartment syndrome in his left leg. Otzelberger is one of several coaches on this listing who are not the best role player in their own families — his wife, Alison Lacey, was a star at Iowa State and a beginning-round WNBA draft pick of the Seattle Storm in 2010.
54. John Groce, Akron Zips
— Groce played iii seasons (1990-93) at the NAIA level for Taylor University of Upland, Indiana, too the alma mater of Ohio State autobus Chris Holtmann. (Groce and Holtmann were backcourt teammates for one season). Groce played for NAIA Hall of Famer Paul Patterson, with his Trojans teams going a combined 90-16 during his three seasons and advancing to 3 NAIA National tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 1991.
53. Steve Lutz, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders
— Lutz began his college basketball career at Ranger Junior College before transferring to then-NAIA Texas Lutheran University of Segun, Texas. Lutz played three seasons for the Bulldogs (1992-95) and was a team helm during his senior season.
52. Mike Immature, Virginia Tech Hokies
— Young was a four-year letterman and point guard for Partition III Emory & Henry from 1982 to 1986, serving as the Wasps’ team captain his junior and senior seasons.
51. Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s Gaels
— Bennett started his career playing under his father, Tom, at Mesa Community College in Arizona (1980-82), then played two seasons equally a point baby-sit at and then-Division Three UC San Diego (1983-85). Bennett led the Tritons in assists in both of his seasons with the team.
l. Lamont Paris, Chattanooga Mocs
— Paris played college basketball at the Division III level for the College of Wooster in Ohio, earing a pair of varsity letters co-ordinate to the school and actualization in iii NCAA Segmentation Three tournament games as a member of the Scots. Paris, who was named team MVP and was a captain equally a inferior and senior, crossed over for one flavour in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) with Kenyon star Shaka Smart.
49. Rick Barnes, Tennessee Volunteers
— Barnes served mainly as a reserve baby-sit under head coach Bob Hodges at Sectionalization Two Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina, from 1974 to 1977, never averaging more three points per game. “He was skilful, but information technology didn’t translate to games,” Barnes’ teammate John Lentz told the Dallas Morning News in 1998.
48. Kelvin Sampson, Houston Cougars
— Sampson was a point baby-sit and later a team helm at NAIA Pembroke Land (now UNC Pembroke) from 1973 to 1978, and was eventually named to the school’s athletics Hall of Fame, alongside his father, Ned. Sampson also earned three collegiate letters as a baseball player at Pembroke.
47. Nate Oats, Alabama Scarlet Tide
— Oats played at Sectionalization 3 Maranatha Baptist Academy in Watertown, Wisconsin, from 1993 to 1997, serving as a captain and earning all-briefing honors.
46. Eric Musselman, Arkansas Razorbacks
— Musselman was an undersized reserve baby-sit at the University of San Diego (1983-87), earning limited playing time merely appearing in a pair of NCAA tournaments as a player. After graduating, Musselman was a 5th-round draft choice of the CBA Albany Patroons, who were at the time coached by his father, Pecker.
45. James Jones, Yale Bulldogs
— Jones played at then-Sectionalisation Three Albany from 1982 to 1986 and captained the freshman team during his first yr on campus.
44. Ed Cooley, Providence Friars
— Cooley was a three-year helm at Division II Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, from 1990 to 1994, averaging vii.4 points and five.6 rebounds per game for his career.
43. Tom Izzo, Michigan Land Spartans
— Izzo played bespeak guard at Division Two Northern Michigan from 1974 to 1977, captaining the team and too winning all-conference and team MVP accolades every bit a senior.
42. Jeff Linder, Wyoming Cowboys
— Colorado native Linder played college basketball for two members of the Division II Rocky Mountain Able-bodied Briefing. He played one season at Colorado Mesa Academy (so called Mesa Country) earlier transferring and becoming a starting betoken baby-sit at Western Colorado University (then called Western State). Linder was an All-RMAC honorable mention pick as a senior with the Mountaineers in 2000.
41. Shaka Smart, Marquette Gilded Eagles —
Smart was a 4-twelvemonth starter (1995-99) and three-year captain at Division III Kenyon Higher in Gambier, Ohio. He fabricated the All-North Coast Athletic Briefing team during his senior season and remains the school’s career assists leader (542) past a wide margin.
twoscore. Tommy Lloyd, Arizona Wildcats
— Lloyd played at Walla Walla Community College, where he was a prolific scorer who gear up a school single-season record with 52 points in a game and was an NWAAC All-Star. Lloyd told the Tucson Daily Star his play in Walla Walla generated “some low, low-level D-I interest” before he transferred to Division II Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) for the 1995-96 season and finished his career at Division III Whitman College. Lloyd went on to play semi-pro basketball for 2 seasons in Australia and Federal republic of germany before beginning his coaching career.
39. Robert Jones, Norfolk State Spartans
— Jones was a quality role player at the Division Iii level for SUNY New Paltz (1997-2001), winning iii All-SUNYAC citations and earning honorable mention Sectionalization III All-American honors for the Hawks in 2000. Jones is New Paltz’southward best leader in blocks (140) and remains top 10 in school annals in points (one,321) and rebounds (875).
38. John Calipari, Kentucky Wildcats
— Calipari started his career at UNC Wilmington, scoring 29 points during the 1979-80 season before transferring to Division Ii Clarion, closer to his native Western Pennsylvania. Calipari was a starter at point guard for the Golden Eagles, averaging 5.3 points and 5.three assists during his senior season.
37. Dedrique Taylor, CSU Fullerton Titans
— Taylor started his college basketball career at Kings River Community College (at present Reedley Higher) before transferring to Division II Armstrong State, helping lead the Pirates to the Partitioning Ii Sweet 16 in 1994-95. From there, Taylor transferred to and then-Partitioning II UC Davis, leading the Aggies in scoring in 1996-97 and helping them reach the D-Two tournament in his concluding college season.
36. Chris Holtmann, Ohio State Buckeyes
— Later playing the first two years of his collegiate career at NAIA Brescia College in Owensboro, Kentucky, Holtmann would transfer and become an NAIA All-American baby-sit at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana (where he was teammates with Akron’due south John Groce, see above). Holtmann’s best yr came in 1993-94, when he led Taylor to a 25-9 record, a No. 1 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA tournament. Holtmann finished his two-year career with the Trojans with 936 points and 229 assists and graduated as TU’s all-fourth dimension leader with a 47.eight 3-indicate percentage.
35. Kevin Willard, Seton Hall Pirates
— Willard played for his father, Ralph, at Western Kentucky (1993-94) then Pittsburgh (1995-97), serving more often than not as a backup betoken guard. Willard, who scored 299 career points as a higher actor, passed up his senior season at Pitt to become an accelerate scout for Rick Pitino with the Boston Celtics.
34. Matt McMahon, Murray State Racers
— McMahon was a four-year letterwinner as a baby-sit at Appalachian Land, averaging 5.8 points and collecting 135 three-pointers in his Mountaineers career (1996-2000). McMahon played on a 1999-2000 App State team that reached the NCAA tournament under coach Buzz Peterson.
33. Chris Jans, New United mexican states Land Aggies
— Jans was a iii-year starter and prolific scorer at Partition III Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, between 1987 and 1991, averaging 28.iii points per game and making a school-record 133 3-pointers during his senior season. During Jans’ college career, the Duhawks broke sixteen scoring records and two Partition 3 records for 3-point shooting.
32. Eric Henderson, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
— Henderson was a solid player at the Division II level for Wayne State Higher in Nebraska (1996-2000), where he played for current Creighton head autobus Greg McDermott. Henderson was a member of iv 20-win teams, ii of which reached the NCAA Division II tournament. Henderson ranks among Wayne Country’s all-time leaders in career rebounds (876), blocked shots (100) and steals (160).
31. Brad Underwood, Illinois Fighting Illini
— Underwood started his collegiate career at and so-Division I Hardin-Simmons (1982-83) in Abilene, Texas, earlier moving on to Independence (Kansas) Community College (1983-84) and so to Kansas Land for two seasons (1984-86). Underwood was an occasional starter at guard nether head omnibus Jack Hartman, scoring 105 points in two seasons in the Big Viii.
thirty. Andy Enfield, USC Trojans
— Enfield was a Division III All-American at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he still holds the school’s career scoring record (2,025 points) and also played in a pair of NCAA tournaments. Enfield was particularly legendary at the line — he graduated holding the NCAA’due south all-divisions career free throw percentage record (92.v%, hitting 431 of 466 shots).
29. Scott Nagy, Wright State Raiders
— Nagy was a star for some expert teams at Division Ii Delta Country in Cleveland, Mississippi (1984-88), and all the same holds the school record for assists in a career (549), season (234) and game (15). Nagy, who led the Statesmen to three NCAA berths during his career, was inducted into the Delta Country Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
28. Jay Wright, Villanova Wildcats
— Wright played three seasons at Bucknell (1980-83), emerging as the Bison’s leading scorer as a inferior but serving every bit a role thespian for the rest of his career with the Bison.
27. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Bluish Devils
— Coach K scored 426 points in iii seasons every bit a indicate guard for Bob Knight at Ground forces (1966-69), and was a starter and co-captain on the 1968-69 team that reached the NIT semifinals.
26. Ray Harper, Jacksonville State Gamecocks
— After a decorated Kentucky high school career that saw him score iii,033 career points, Harper began his collegiate career at Texas, where he was the Southwest Briefing Rookie of the Year in 1980-81. Harper played two years for the Longhorns — an on-court tussle with Arkansas guard, future NBA player and current Little Stone autobus Darrell Walker is role of his legend in Austin — before transferring to Division II Kentucky Wesleyan, combining for more than 1,000 points at the two schools. Harper — who would become the two-time national championship-winning caput double-decker at Kentucky Wesleyan subsequently his playing career concluded– was named to the Panthers’ All-Century Team as a player in 2010.
25. Mike Brey, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
— Brey played 3 seasons at guard for Northwestern Land (1977-80), racking upwardly 311 assists forth the way, but left when head double-decker Tynes Hildebrand got fired. The DC-area native transferred home to play his concluding season at George Washington (his mother, Betty, was the women’s pond coach at GW), averaging 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in his senior season with the Colonials. Brey was inducted into the George Washington University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
24. Todd Golden, San Francisco Dons
— Golden played four years at guard for Saint Mary’s (2004-08), starting 82 games over his final three seasons with the Gaels and averaging 6.iii points and 2.9 assists per game over that stretch. Golden, who was a office of ii NCAA tournament teams with Saint Mary’s (2005, 2008) — he scored 8 points in a first-round loss to Miami in his lone NCAA advent as a player — played professionally for 2 seasons with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Premier League before concluding his playing career and ultimately get-go his career in coaching.
23. Jared Grasso, Bryant Bulldogs
— Grasso was one of the first standout players of Quinnipiac’south Division I era, a 4-twelvemonth starter at guard and two-twelvemonth helm from 1998 to 2002 who graduated as a 1,000-indicate scorer and ranks in the school’due south top v in assists and three-pointers made. Grasso, who played in 103 career games and averaged eleven points and 3.nine assists per game for his career with the Bobcats, was named to the Quinnipiac Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
22. Fran McCaffery, Iowa Hawkeyes
— McCaffery started his career in the ACC, averaging 5.3 points equally a freshman at Wake Forest (1977-78) before transferring to Penn for his last iii collegiate seasons. Every bit a senior (1981-82), McCaffery dished out 105 assists for a Quakers team that reached the NCAA tournament.
21. Rob Lanier, Georgia State Panthers
— Lanier played four years as a guard at St. Bonaventure (1986-90) — also the alma mater of his cousin and Naismith Hall of Famer Bob Lanier. GSU’southward Lanier was a iii-year starter who was named to the Atlantic ten All-Freshman Team in 1986-87, and posted a double-digit scoring boilerplate in each of his last two seasons in Olean.
20. Beak Cocky, Kansas Jayhawks
— Self played at Oklahoma Country from 1981 to 1985, starting at point baby-sit over his final two seasons in Stillwater. Self as well played in the 1983 NCAA tournament every bit a sophomore at OSU, scoring eight points in a No. v vs. 12 upset loss to Princeton in the starting time round.
19. Steve Pikiell, Rutgers Scarlet Knights
— A Bristol, Connecticut, native Pikiell stayed dwelling house to play for newly hired coach Jim Calhoun at UConn in 1986, eventually playing on a pair of NCAA tournament teams and recording 165 career assists as a office-time starter at point guard. Pikiell’south terminal career game as a Husky was a 1991 Sweet xvi loss to the Duke team that would afterwards upset UNLV and win Motorcoach K’due south first national title.
18. Greg McDermott, Creighton Bluejays
— McDermott was a reliable eye at Northern Iowa (1984-88), scoring 1,033 points (or about 2,000 fewer than his son, Creighton legend Doug McDermott) and existence selected to the all-Mid-Continent Conference team as a junior. McDermott briefly played professional basketball in Switzerland following his graduation.
17. Drew Valentine, Loyola Chicago Ramblers
— Valentine (age thirty) played recently enough — for Oakland from 2009 to ’13 — that he is the but coach in this tournament with an active ESPN player page. The frontward played in a pair of NCAA tournaments with the Golden Grizzlies (2009, 2010), was a 1,000-bespeak scorer and graduated in the school’south pinnacle 10 in games played and offensive and defensive rebounding. Valentine’s younger brother, Denzel, was a showtime-round option in the 2016 NBA draft out of Michigan State and has played with the Bulls, Cavaliers and Jazz.
16. Danny Sprinkle, Montana Country Bobcats
— Sprinkle was a Montana State playing fable before he became a coaching fable in Bozeman, playing four seasons with the Bobcats (1996-2000), including a starting role on MSU’due south most recent NCAA tournament squad in 1995-96. Sprinkle, the Big Sky freshman of the year, was an all-Large Sky Tournament option for his thirty-bespeak performance in the ’96 Big Sky title win over Weber State. Sprinkle would earn three All-Big Sky citations, including a outset-team selection in 1997, and graduated equally the MSU career and season 3-point leader. He remains in the schoolhouse’s meridian 10 with 1,497 career points and was a 2006 inductee into the Montana State Athletics Hall of Fame.
15. Johnny Jones, Texas Southern Tigers
— Jones played point guard for four seasons at LSU nether Dale Chocolate-brown (1980-84), averaging iv.four points and ii.ii assists per game over a 121-game career and playing in a pair of NCAA tournaments as a Tiger. Jones is one of three coaches in this tournament with Concluding Four playing experience — he played ix minutes in LSU’south loss to eventual champion Indiana in the 1981 Final Four in Philadelphia.
14. Martin Ingelsby, Delaware Blue Hens
— Ingelsby played four years of point guard for Notre Dame (1997-2001), where he was guided by three different head coaches — John MacLeod (1997-99), Matt Doherty (1999-2000) and Mike Brey (2000-01). Ingelsby’s all-time season in South Bend was his senior year, when he averaged 8.ii points and 6.iv assists in leading Notre Dame to a share of the Large East title and its showtime NCAA tournament win in 12 years. A Philadelphia Cosmic League legend at Archbishop Carroll and the son of former Villanova, NBA and ABA player Tom Ingelsby, UD’due south Ingelsby led Notre Dame in assists during three of his four seasons.
xiii. Chris Mooney, Richmond Spiders
— Mooney played 4 seasons under Pete Carril at Princeton (1990-94), scoring over 1,000 points as a forward during his collegiate career and playing on a pair of NCAA tournament teams. The Philadelphia native and graduate of Archbishop Ryan Loftier School (too the alma mater of Iowa State star Izaiah Brockington) was a two-time All-Ivy League pick during his collegiate career.
12. Bob McKillop, Davidson Wildcats
— McKillop began his collegiate career at E Carolina in 1967-68 before transferring dwelling to his native Long Island to play his final two years of higher basketball game at Hofstra. McKillop averaged 10.5 points and three.3 assists in his 2-year career with the and so-Flight Dutchmen. He subsequently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, but was cutting before playing a game — sparing him the fate of playing on the 1972-73 Sixers team that finished with a historically wretched ix-73 record. McKillop began his coaching career after being released, becoming a successful high schoolhouse coach on Long Island earlier returning to the Tar Heel State to become an assistant, and subsequently the head autobus at Davidson.
11. Matt Langel, Colgate Raiders
— Langel was a very good player on some formidable teams at Penn (1996-2000), starting on a pair of NCAA tournament squads nether Fran Dunphy and earning All-Ivy commencement-team honors as a senior. Langel went to rookie camp with the NBA’southward Seattle SuperSonics and was on the Philadelphia 76ers’ pre-summer league squad, also playing for a range of teams in Europe before beginning his coaching career.
10. Matt Painter, Purdue Boilermakers
— Painter was a 4-year letterman at Purdue (1989-93), playing on 3 NCAA tournament teams and becoming a full-time starter as a senior. Painter was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 1992-93, when he averaged 8.six points and 4.5 assists per game.
ix. Dan Hurley, UConn Huskies
— Though brother Bobby received more of the limelight for his exploits at Duke, the younger Hurley was a collegiate point guard of some renown equally well. Hurley played in 121 games over five seasons at Seton Hall (1991-96), appearing in a pair of NCAA tournaments and after developing into a double-digit scorer over his terminal two seasons at the school. Hurley’due south 437 assists rank amid the superlative x in Seton Hall history.
8. Jamie Dixon, TCU Horned Frogs
— Dixon played at TCU from 1983 to ’87, with his all-time season coming equally a senior, when he earned All-Southwest Conference honors, led the league in assists and paced the Horned Frogs to what remains their most recent NCAA tournament win. Dixon scored eleven points and had 4 assists in that starting time-round victory over Marshall. Dixon was selected in the seventh round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets and played professionally in the CBA and overseas.
7. Jim Larranaga, Miami Hurricanes
— Larranaga was a star at Providence from 1968 to ’71, graduating as the school’south best fifth-leading scorer (i,258 points) and leading the team in scoring in ii of his three years with the Friars. He was inducted into the Providence Hall of Fame in 1991. Larranaga was selected in the sixth round of the 1971 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons only left the team’south rookie military camp when a position on Terry Holland’s staff opened at Davidson.
half dozen. Andy Kennedy, UAB Blazers
— Kennedy started his collegiate career playing for Jim Valvano at NC Country in 1986-87 — his freshman season is chronicled in the notorious book Personal Fouls — earlier he transferred to UAB and became one of the Blazers’ all-time greats. Kennedy scored 1,787 points — second most in school history — in only iii seasons (1988-91) and also holds the school records for career three-pointers made (318) and attempted (728), 3-indicate field goal pct (.437), free throw percentage (.872) and highest single-season scoring average (21.8 PPG in 1990-91). Kennedy was a two-fourth dimension All-Sun Belt choice before going on to play professionally in Greece, the Netherlands, Kingdom of spain and Puerto Rico.
five. Shaheen Holloway, Saint Peter’s Peacocks
— Holloway was an outstanding and busy guard at Seton Hall (1996-2000) during what was a golden era for the Big East Briefing. A four-year starter and three-time All-Big E choice at point guard, Holloway scored 1,588 points (thirteen.9 per game for his career), dished out a schoolhouse tape 681 assists (five.9) and recorded 231 steals (2.0) under coaches George Blaney and Tommy Amaker.
As a senior, Holloway was part of a Pirates squad that reached the Sweet 16, upsetting second-seeded Temple to get in that location, but Holloway injured his ankle in that game and watched as Seton Hall fell to Desmond Stonemason, Doug Gottlieb and Oklahoma State in a regional semifinal. Holloway played professionally in England, Germany and Turkey, equally well equally in the USBL and ABA and was invited to preseason camps with the NBA’s Knicks, Nets and Warriors.
4. Hubert Davis, N Carolina Tar Heels
— Davis played for vi teams during a 12-season NBA career (1992-2004), with his about memorable time spent every bit a fellow member of the New York Knicks from 1992 to ’96. Davis played on the 1993-94 Knicks team that lost to the Houston Rockets in seven games in the 1994 NBA Finals. Though he’s mainly remembered as a sharpshooter at the pro level — Davis shot 44.1% on 728 made 3s over his NBA career — he was as well an outstanding all-around higher player equally a fellow member of the Tar Heels from 1988 to ’92. Davis scored 1,615 career points in 137 games as a Tar Heel, playing in the 1991 Final Four under Dean Smith and winning the the 1989 and 1991 ACC tournaments. Davis averaged 21.4 points per game every bit a senior in 1991-92, before the Knicks selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 1992 typhoon.
3. Mike Woodson, Indiana Hoosiers
— Woodson was a fantastic college player as a member of the Hoosiers from 1976 to 1980, and currently ranks No. five all-time in IU annals with 2,061 points (xix.viii points per game) over his career. The Big Ten Actor of the Year as a senior, Woodson was the No. 12 overall selection in the 1980 NBA draft by the New York Knicks and ultimately averaged 14 points per game while playing for half-dozen franchises in an 11-year NBA career. Woodson’south season best was an 18.ii PPG scoring average with the Kansas City Kings in 1982-83. In addition to his collegiate and professional exploits, Woodson won a gilded medal representing Team U.s.a. in the 1979 Pan American Games.
ii. Juwan Howard, Michigan Wolverines
— Howard was a decorated role of Michigan’s fabled “Fab 5” teams of the ’90s, joining Chris Webber and Jalen Rose on a group that reached the national championship game in 1992 and 1993. Following Webber’s departure, Howard was an All-American for the 1993-94 Wolverines, averaging 20.8 points and 8.9 rebounds for a group that lost to eventual champion Arkansas in the Elite Eight. Howard was subsequently selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets and played in i,208 career NBA games, which ranks in the league’s top 50 all fourth dimension. Howard’s pro achievements include his option to the 1996 All-Star Game and an NBA title won with the 2011-12 Miami Heat.
1. Penny Hardaway, Memphis Tigers
— A 4-time NBA All-Star with the Orlando Magic, Hardaway also played for the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Miami Heat over a 14-twelvemonth NBA career (1993-2006, 2007-08) that saw him emerge every bit one of the game’s nigh recognizable players. Hardaway reached the NBA playoffs eight times in his career — a 1995 NBA Finals loss to the Houston Rockets was the closest he got to a championship — and averaged 20.4 points and half-dozen.two assists per game in the postseason.
Hardaway’southward basketball achievements went beyond the NBA — he was a consensus All-American in college at Memphis in 1993 and won gold with Usa Basketball at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Nike’s “Lil’ Penny” ad entrada also helped launch Hardaway to superstardom off the court. Though injury problems that began with a serious knee injury in 1997-98 likely prevented Hardaway from reaching his full potential as a player, he is remembered as one of the important players of his generation.