6 Dominant Players in NCAA Men’s Basketball History
With the men’s college basketball season in full swing, several student-athletes are making names for themselves as the best players in the country. A few of them will go down in history by leading their schools to a national championship or by breaking statistical records. But where will they rank against the other hoops legends who have graced the court?
As a point of reference, let’s take a look at six of the most dominant players in NCAA men’s basketball history.
1. Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
Winning the National Player of the Year Award in 1967 and 1968 as well as becoming a three-time first-team All-American, Lew Alcindor accomplished so much without being a selfish athlete. He was dominant at the center position and led his University of California, Los Angeles Bruins to three National Collegiate Athletic Association titles, one for every season he was on the varsity team. Alcindor’s inside game was solid, and he was very difficult to defend.
He was so dominant that college basketball temporarily outlawed dunking after he left. In all three of UCLA’s championships, Lew averaged 30.3 points and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. After graduating, he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and went on to become an National Basketball Association Hall of Famer.