Friday, November 11, 2011
Top 11 No. 11s in college basketball history
By Jeremy Lundblad
Friday’s date (11/11/11) provides a chance to celebrate the number 11. Here’s a look at the 11 best No. 11s in college basketball history, a list that Wisconsin’s Jordan Taylor looks to join.
11. Jacque Vaughn, Kansas – As the floor general for some of the elite Kansas teams of the 90s, Vaughn is second in school history in assists. He was named a second-team All-American as a junior and senior.
10. Bob Davies, Seton Hall – He never averaged more than 12 points-per-game, but Davies was among the best of his era. He’s often credited as the innovator of the behind-the-back dribble.
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John Wall - No. 9 on our list - flies high for a dunk against Tennessee during the SEC Tournament in March of 2010
9. John Wall, Kentucky – Wall would certainly be higher on this list if he stuck around more than one season, but he made quite a mark in limited time. He was a first-team All-American as a freshman, averaging 16.6 PPG and 6.5 APG.
8. Tyus Edney, UCLA – His coast-to-coast buzzer beater in 1995 is a staple on NCAA Tournament highlight reels, but Edney also put together a memorable career for the Bruins. He led UCLA to the 1995 national title and was named first-team all-Pac-10 in each of his final three seasons.
7. Chet Forte, Columbia – Never heard of Forte? Here’s all you need to know. In 1956-57, Wilt Chamberlain burst onto the scene, averaging 29.8 PPG for Kansas. But it was Forte (17 inches shorter) who the UPI named player of the year after he averaged 28.9 PPG.
6. T.J. Ford, Texas – Ford only spent two seasons in Austin, but made his time memorable. In 2002, he became the first freshman to lead the nation in assists. As a sophomore, he took home the Naismith and Wooden awards, and was named a first-team All-American.
5. Paul Arizin, Villanova – A consensus All-American in 1950, Arizin led the nation in scoring at 25.3 PPG. The 85 points he scored against the Naval Air Material Center stand as the second most ever by a D-I player.
4. Si Green, Duquesne – Green was twice named a first-team All-American. He scored 33 points to lead Duquesne over Dayton in the 1955 NIT title game. However, he’s probably best known as the top overall pick in the 1956 NBA Draft, one spot ahead of Bill Russell.
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Bobby Hurley - No. 3 on our list - dishes to a teammate in Duke's 71-51 win over Michigan in the 1992 National Championship Game
3. Bobby Hurley, Duke – Hurley helped lead Duke to back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992, garnering tournament MVP honors the latter year. As a senior, he was a unanimous first-team All-American. At the end of his career, he had amassed more assists than any other player in division I history.
2. Isiah Thomas, Indiana – In just two years, Thomas left quite a mark in Bloomington. He set school records for steals and assists as a sophomore, and was a consensus first-team All-American. The Hoosiers won a national title in 1981, as Thomas was named Most Outstanding Player.
1. Jerry Lucas, Ohio State – As a sophomore, Lucas averaged 26.3 PPG and 16.4 RPG in leading Ohio State to the 1960 national championship. A three-time All-American, he was the consensus player of the year in 1961 and 1962. Lucas averaged 24.3 PPG and 17.2 RPG over three seasons with the Buckeyes, and has the most rebounds in school history. Perhaps it’s fitting that when ESPN ranked the top 25 college basketball players of all-time, Lucas came in 11th.
Honorable Mention: Earl Boykins, Kevin Johnson, Vernon Maxwell, Lee Mayberry, Wesley Person, John Roche, Bill Sharman, Jamaal Tinsley, Sam Vincent