11. Stephen Curry (2009)
Living proof that skill can defeat size, Stephen Curry was actually denied a scholarship by his college of choice (Virginia Tech), and opted to play for little-known Davidson University, who aggressively recruited the then-160lb guard.
By his sophomore year, Curry was putting up Sportscenter-worthy highlight performances, setting a record for the most three-point field goals made in a season (162), and even winning an ESPY award along the way (for Breakthrough Player of the Year).
But it was his junior year in which Curry really started to become a legend, after leading the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game, and being named a consensus first-team All-American.