Not everyone who is great in college is great in the pros. Many players peak in college while they are young. These are just 10 of the many players who were great in college, but they didn’t measure up once they made it to the pros.
10. Christian Laettner
Playing at Duke, Laettner had a classic moment against Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. He then led the team to win the championship.
9. Danny Manning
Danny Manning finished his college career with an average of 20.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. He also had 1.4 blocks per game.
8. J.J. Redick
Redick had a great career with Duke. He shot 40% from the three-point line and averaged 19.9 points per game.
7. Glenn Robinson
Robinson is best to remember for his sophomore year. He won several awards in a single season. He also averaged 30.3 points per game that year.
6. Freeman Williams
Attending Portland State, Williams played for four years in the 70s. He averaged 38.8 points per game during his junior year.
5. David Thompson
Arguably the greatest college player of all time, Thompson would have likely had a great NBA career too if it wasn’t so short.
4. Hank Gathers
Hank Gathers’s tragic death is known by all sports fans. Gathers was averaging 32.7 points per game during his junior year. He died in 1990.
3. Bill Walton
Playing 87 games total, Walton averaged 20.3 points per game during his career. He led the Bruins to two NCAA titles.
2. Pete Maravich
Playing in the 60s, “Pistol” Pete was an innovator. He averaged 44.2 points per game during his career.
1. Lew Alcindor
Also known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lew Alcindor also had a pretty good professional career. He is one of the most accomplished players in NCAA history despite leaving for the pros after only 3 years.