2. Christian Laettner, Duke
Christian Laettner remains one of the most hated players in college basketball history, but he’s also one of the most decorated. Laettner played four years at Duke and made the Final Four in all of them, finishing runner-up as a sophomore and leading the Blue Devils to a championship his junior and senior years. His 21 wins are an NCAA tournament record; so too his 23 games, 142 free throws, and 407 points.
Laettner won the Wooden in 1992 and the Most Outstanding Player award in 1991. He also played one of the greatest single games in tournament history in the famed 104–103 regional final against Kentucky. Laettner was a perfect 10 of 10 from the field and 10 for 10 from the line and hit the fadeaway buzzer beater we will continue to see every March for the rest of our lives — whether we like it or not.