NCAA: Most Career Points in College Basketball History

Pete Maravich Scored the Most Points in College Basketball History

Pete Maravich Scored the Most Points in College Basketball History

When you think about unbreakable records in American sports, DiMaggio’s hitting streak, Wilt’s 100 points, Gretzky’s 215 points, Ripken’s Iron Man Streak…and the usual…usually come to mind.

But let me throw another one on you.  What about Pistol Pete Maravich‘s 3,667 career points in college basketball?  That’s more than 400 points ahead of second place. How is that going to be broken? Tell me.

And Maravich did it in just three seasons.

The biggest roadblock of course in making this list in today’s modern game is most great college players hit the NBA as soon as they can.  If you look at this year’s NBA draft prospects (here and here, for example), it’s astounding how many freshman and sophomores will be declaring once March Madness ends.

Still, a couple players this century have made their mark: Keydren Clark, Tyler Hansbrough and J.J. Redick.

Here are the top 20 players with the most points in NCAA basketball history:

Thanks to the NCAA record book for this one.

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UPDATED LISTThrough Mar. 8, 2014, the night Creighton’s Doug McDermott became the first Division I college basketball player to surpass 3,000 points since Keydren Clark in 2006 – and only the eighth player ever. No small feat. Where will McDermott wind up? Check back in at season’s end. Or check out my source, sports-reference.com, through the season to watch the tally.

PLAYER POS SCHOOL PTS YRS
1. Pete Maravich G LSU 1967-1970 3,667 3
2. Freeman Williams F/G Portland State 1974-1978 3,249 4
3. Lionel Simmons F La Salle 1986-1990 3,217 4
4. Alphonso Ford G Mississippi Valley State 1989-1993 3,165 4
5. Harry Kelly F Texas Southern 1979-1983 3,066 4
6. Keydren Clark G Saint Peter’s 2002-2006 3,058 4
7. Doug McDermott* F Creighton 2010-2014 3,011 4
8. Hersey Hawkins G Bradley 1984-1988 3,008 4
9. Oscar Robertson G Cincinnati 1957-1960 2,973 3
10. Danny Manning F Kansas 1984-1988 2,951 4
11. Alfredrick Hughes G Loyola (IL) 1981-1985 2,914 4
12. Elvin Hayes C/F Houston 1965-1968 2,884 3
13. Tyler Hansbrough F North Carolina 2005-2009 2,872 4
14. Larry Bird F Indiana State 1976-1979 2,850 3
15. Otis Birdsong G Houston 1973-1977 2,832 4
16. Kevin Bradshaw G Bethune-Cookman/USI 1987-1991 2,804 4
17. Allan Houston G/F Tennessee 1989-1993 2,801 4
18. J.J. Redick G Duke 2002-2006 2,769 4
19. Hank Gathers F/C USC/Loyola Marymount 1986-1990 2,723 4
20. Reggie Lewis F Northeastern 1983-1987 2,708 4

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Posted on March 25, 2012, in NCAA Basketball and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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