10 Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time

The 10 Best NCAA Scorers of All Time span forty decades. Some excelled only in college, while others carried over their success into the pro game. Some played for big programs, others for dinky schools. Here are the 10 best NCAA scorers of all time.

  1. Pete MaravichWhen Maravich entered LSU, he was immediately one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All Time. In his first game as a freshman, "Pistol Pete" put up fifty points against Southeastern Louisiana College. With a deadly outside shot, he averaged an unheard of 40 points in each of his three years despite not having a three point line, something that would've only increased his scoring totals.
  2. Freeman Williams. The 6'4" guard from Portland State cemented his college career as one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. In four seasons, Williams scored 3,249 points, and, in 1976, he averaged 38.8 points per game and shot almost 50% from the field.
  3. Lionel Simmons. In each of his four years at La Salle University, Simmons averaged over twenty points a game, making him one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. Winning both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as a senior, Simmons is third all time on the NCAA scoring list with 3,217 points.
  4. Alphonso Ford. In the 1989 season, Ford began a storied collegiate career that would make him one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. Averaging an astonishing 29.9 points per game his freshmen year at Mississippi Valley State University, he would go on to become the first NCAA player to average at least 25 points per game for four seasons. 
  5. Harry Kelly. At Texas Southern University, Kelly became one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. In the 1982 and 1983 seasons, he was the NCAA scoring champion, averaging 28.9 and 29.7 points per game, respectively. Freeman Williams, Pete Maravich, and Oscar Robertson are the only others on this list to have accomplished such a feat. 
  6. Hersey Hawkins. Extremely proficient and one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time, Hawkins was a force from 1984-1988. In four seasons at Bradley, Hawkins scored over three thousand points, and shot an amazing 54% from the field. 
  7. Oscar Robertson. In his three years at the University of Cincinnati, Robertson dominated, becoming one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. Winning the NCAA scoring title in all of his three years from 1957-1960, Robertson finished with the third highest collegiate scoring average with 33.4 points per game.
  8. Danny Manning. In 1988, Manning led his Kansas Jayhawk team to the NCAA Championship, and became known as one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. Scoring 2,951 total points and shooting 59% from the field, Manning became the Big 8 Conference All-Time scoring record, and he was named the Big 8 Conference Player of the Decade.
  9. Alfredrick Hughes. From 1981-1985, Hughes became one of the best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. In four seasons at Loyola University in Illinois, Hughes average 24.2 points per game and shot 46% from the field. 
  10. Elvin Hayes. In four seasons at the University of Houston, Hayes distinguished himself as one of the Best NCAA Scorers of All-Time. Completing his collegiate career with a total of 2,884 points, Hayes scored an astonishing 1,214 of those points in his senior year alone.

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