1. Lew Alcindor, UCLA
Debate the rest of this list all you want, but there’s no debate about which player belongs on top. Lew Alcindor, known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, was the greatest player in college basketball history. Alcindor played three varsity seasons at UCLA and won three national championships, and he was named the Most Outstanding Player all three years from 1967 to 1969. Alcindor lost only twice in three years at UCLA and never in a tournament game.
He recorded at least 16 rebounds in all six Final Four games he played, and his 34 and 37 points in a final are two of the six highest championship game outputs ever. Alcindor was so dominant at UCLA that he got dunking banned for almost a decade. Make no mistake about it: Lew Alcindor was the most dominant college basketball player that ever lived.