To help celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Final Four, the NCAA put together a list of the top NCAA Tournament players in history. But, the problem was, they didn’t rank them. They took the easy way out and listed the players in alphabetical or chronological order.
Well, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News didn’t like that one bit. He took the project one step further, ranking the top 75 NCAA Tournament players in history. Naturally, some Kentucky players made the list:
22. Anthony Davis, Kentucky. It’s not easy to judge players who only spent a single year in college against those whose careers were much longer. But when the player was this dominant, he must be mentioned prominently.
41. Jack Givens, Kentucky
61. Tony Delk, Kentucky
74. Dan Issel, Kentucky
Only some players, such as Davis, get blurbs to go with their name, but the list is pretty impressive. Even more so since DeCourcy didn’t take the easy way out and put Christian Laettner at #1, an honor that goes to Lew Alcindor, AKA Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, instead (Laettner came in second).
How would you rank Kentucky players based on their performance in the NCAA Tournament? Does the list need more Shepperd or Alex Groza?