Here at SportzEdge.com, we love college basketball. You might have noticed that if you saw our NCAA Tournament predictions, where we chose winners for all 68 NCAA Tournament games.
We love college hoops so much that we talk about it all the time, and talking about it (especially with Trevor the intern) leads to debate. One of the biggest debates we’ve had in here over the past month: Who was the greatest college basketball player of the last 25 years?
Why 25 years? Well, we figured 1990 was a good starting point. Larry Johnson’s UNLV teams ushered in the modern era of college hoops, and even though there have been plenty of changes in that time, at least guys in this era were allowed to dunk and played on color TV.
Check back in the coming weeks as more matchups are published. For now, check out the Tournament Index.
PETE MARAVICH REGION
1. Glenn Robinson
6-7, 200 lbs.
“The Big Dog” was a big deal at Purdue, and a better college player than anyone under the age of 30 might realize. Robinson made an immediate impact as a freshman, coming right in and balling out to the tune of 24.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.
He upped the ante his sophomore year (1993-94), avaeraging 30.3 points and 10 rebounds per game, and capturing the Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year.
His Boilermakers, guided by head coach Gene Keady, posted a 26-4 record that season and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Purdue advanced to the Elite Eight, where they fell to Duke, 69-60.
Robinson was the No. 1 pick in the draft that June, and went on to a solid NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he averaged more than 20 points per game over 8 seasons.
16. Damon Stoudamire
5-10, 180 lbs.
Aright, so “Mighty Mouse” might not be quite as cool a nickname as “Big Dog,” but Stoudamire was a fantastic player for Arizona in the early ’90s. The 5-10 dynamic point guard was named an All-American as a senior in 1994-95, when he averaged 22.8 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Stoudamire led Arizona to its first-ever Final Four in his junior season, where the Wildcats fell to Arkansas in the national semis.
He’s a 16-seed in our tournament, but really, he easily could have been seeded higher. This may be a very tough matchup for the Big Dog, but we think he’ll advance.