Click here to Skip to main content
LATEST HEADLINES - NBA NEWS
0318carmelo608.jpg
Al Bello/Getty Images

NCAA to NBA: A look at some tournament facts

By NBA release
Posted Mar 27 2009 4:41PM

As the NCAA Tournament approaches and the NBA playoff race continues to heat up, here is a look at some of the former NCAA Tournament standouts who have graduated on to the NBA.

Higher Basketball Learning

Universities with the most players on season-opening NBA rosters

• Duke (14)
• UConn (12)
• UCLA (12)
• North Carolina (11)
• Kansas (11)
• Arizona (9)
• Florida (9)
• Georgia Tech (9)
• Kentucky (9)
• Michigan State (8)
• Texas (8)

Valedictorians

Final Four MVPs over the last 10 Seasons

Year Player College Team
2008 Mario Chalmers Kansas Heat
2007 Corey Brewer Florida Timberwolves
2006 Joakim Noah Florida Bulls
2005 Sean May North Carolina Bobcats
2004 Emeka Okafor UConn Bobcats
2003 Carmelo Anthony Syracuse Nuggets
2002 Juan Dixon Maryland Wizards
2001 Shane Battier Duke Rockets
2000 Mateen Cleeves Michigan State Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League)
1999 Richard Hamilton UConn Pistons
Class Reunion

Notable NCAA Final Four MVPs celebrating anniversaries

Player College Final Four MVP Anniversary
Glen Rice Michigan 1989 20 years
Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1984 25 years
Magic Johnson Michigan State 1979 30 years
Lew Alcindor UCLA 1967-69 40 years
Jerry West West Virginia 1959 50 years
Continued Education

Four players have gone from winning an NCAA title one year to winning an NBA Championship the next season. Here's a look:

NCAA title to NBA title
Player NCAA title NBA Championship
Bill Russell San Francisco (1956) Celtics (1957)
Henry Bibby UCLA (1972) Knicks (1973)
Magic Johnson Michigan State (1979) Lakers (1980)
Billy Thompson Louisville (1986) Lakers (1987)
Basketball's Triple Crown

Seven players have won an NCAA title, an Olympic gold medal and an NBA Championship. Here's a look at that list:

Player NCAA title NBA title Olympics Gold medal
Clyde Lovellette Kansas (1952) Minneapolis Lakers (1954), Celtics (1964) 1952
Bill Russell San Fran. (1955, 1956) Celtics player (1957, 1959-66), Celtics coach (1968, '69) 1956
K.C. Jones San Fran. (1955) Celtics player (1959-66), Celtics coach (1986) 1956
Jerry Lucas Ohio State (1960) Knicks (1973) 1960
Quinn Buckner Indiana (1976) Celtics (1984) 1976
Magic Johnson Michigan State (1979) Lakers (1980, '82, '85, '87, '88) 1992
Michael Jordan North Carolina (1982) Bulls (1991-93, 1996-98) 1984, 1992
Championship Pedigree

Twenty-five NBA Teams have players on their roster who have competed in an NCAA title game.

* = NCAA Champion

Atlanta Hawks -- Al Horford*, Mike Bibby*

• ANDREWS: NBA TV talent shares its tourney experiences
Juan Dixon | M. Camby | C. Douglas-Roberts | L. Head
Keith Smart | Kiki Vandeweghe | Jarvis Hayes | D. Cook
Josh Boone | Mike Bibby | Al Horford | Mario Chalmers
• NCAA to NBA: An in-depth look at some tournament facts

Chicago Bulls -- Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah*, Ben Gordon*, Kirk Hinrich

Charlotte Bobcats -- Raymond Felton*, Sean May*, Emeka Okafor*, Nazr Mohammed*

Dallas Mavericks -- Jason Terry*

Denver Nuggets -- Carmelo Anthony*

Detroit Pistons -- Will Bynum, Richard Hamilton*

Golden State Warriors -- Corey Maggette

Houston Rockets -- Shane Battier*

Indiana Pacers -- Brandon Rush*, Jarrett Jack, Mike Dunleavy*

L.A. Lakers -- Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton

Memphis Grizzlies -- Mike Conley, Hakim Warrick*

Miami Heat -- Mario Chalmers*, Udonis Haslem, Jamaal Magloire*, Luther Head, Daequan Cook

Milwaukee Bucks -- Luc Mbah a Moute, Charlie Villanueva*, Richard Jefferson, Charlie Bell*

Minnesota Timberwolves -- Rashad McCants*, Mike Miller, Corey Brewer*

New Jersey Nets -- Chris Douglas-Roberts, Josh Boone*

New Orleans Hornets -- Morris Peterson*

New York Knicks -- Chris Wilcox*, Jared Jeffries, Chris Duhon*

Oklahoma City Thunder -- Nick Collison

Philadelphia 76ers -- Elton Brand, Andre Miller

Phoenix Suns -- Jason Richardson*, Grant Hill*

Portland Trail Blazers -- Greg Oden, Steve Blake*

San Antonio Spurs -- Matt Bonner

Toronto Raptors -- Jake Voskuhl*

Utah Jazz -- Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer*

Washington Wizards -- Juan Dixon*, Gilbert Arenas

SEARCH NEWS
LATEST VIDEOS
photoLeBron On Protests
Cavaliers' forward LeBron James speaks about the social unrest going on around the country.
photoLeBron James Meets with Media
Cleveland Cavaliers' forward LeBron James speaks with the media during Cavaliers' Media Day.
photoPaul Pierce's Last Season
Paul Pierce announces in a video that the 2016-17 NBA season will be his last as a player.
photoWhat's Next for Chris Bosh?
Sam Mitchell, Matt Winer, Steve Smith and Brent Barry discuss what's next for Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat.
photoLue On Defending Title
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue discusses the challenge of defending an NBA Title.

Copyright © NBA Media Ventures, LLC. All rights reserved. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. By accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the Privacy Policy / Your California Privacy Rights and Terms of Use. | Ad Choices Ad Choices

NBA.com is part of Turner Sports Digital, part of the Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network.