The NBA might have as much star power as any sport on the planet, but even guys like LeBron James will never gain the adoration of the thousands of students and alumni who cheer on the college basketball team of their alma mater. Even if you fail in the NBA, when you cement your legacy in college basketball, and especially in the NCAA Tournament, you’re forever a legend.
That’s why we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the best college basketball players since the turn of the century. The majority of these guys weren’t the top pick in the NBA Draft, nor did they become NBA superstars. But we’ll always remember their names because of all they were able to accomplish during their college basketball days.