The Madness of March is finally upon us, one of the true highlights of the yearly sports calendar, perhaps only surpassed in hype and passion by the mighty Super Bowl itself. And while we look ahead to the thrills and surprises of the “2019 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament” (March Madness’ official, long-winded title), it’s also an opportunity to look back at the greatness that has come before.
For this list, we’ll focus on the players, even though in the college ranks, the coaches are generally more high profile. However, as 10-time champion coach of UCLA John Wooden noted, practice is for implementation of coaching techniques, but the actual game on the court was to be determined by the players. This list is part opinion, part established reality, and while there’s always going to be a name or two year that might have been left off the rankings, there’s no denying the greatness and legacy of these 25 college basketball icons.