Which College Hoops Programs Have Produced The Best Current NBA Players? The Official Rosters and Bracket

Yesterday, I published a rather quick post on which college basketball programs have legitimately turned out the best NBA players over the last 15 or so years.

The response I got was overwhelming.

Many of you sent me emails lobbying for your team’s inclusion into the fictional tournament that we will publish tomorrow.

I greatly appreciate your involvement. As I said, I posted the article rather quickly and made a few gross oversights. What we have, today, are our top 12 teams that are ready to participate in the winner-take-all tournament tomorrow.

Let me offer a few quick notes before we get to the rules of the tournament:

tim-duncan1. It was unacceptable for me to leave Wake Forest off of this list.  

As many of you might have done, I instantly considered the theoretical dominance of a team that included Tim Duncan and Chris Paul. However, I couldn’t remember anyone else off of the top of my head, and I failed to take two seconds to do the required research.

After some help from you all, we are left with a Wake Forest squad that is not only included in the tournament but winds up earning the #4 seed.

Forget the fact that Chris Paul is the greatest PG alive and Duncan is still, without argument, a top 3 center in the NBA. Al-Farouq Aminu adds an athletic, defensive stopper to the team while Jeff Teague and Josh Howard provide more than adequate scoring from the wing positions. Of course, the team lacks depth, but I find it hard to believe that Duncan and Paul will struggle to play 90% of an elimination game.

The Demon Deacons must be included, and they will probably prove to be a tough out.

2. Washington, Arizona and Georgia Tech also make the tourney, but they will undoubtedly be bounced early.

Each team has a surprising number of NBA players, but past Chris Bosh and Andre Iguodala, there really are no game-changers on either team (at least, not in 2013). Because of their inclusion, Ohio State falls out of the bracket entirely.

3. Antawn Jamison – in or out?

One of you mentioned Antawn Jamison being left off of UNC, but the squad already had 12 players. And in my honest assessment, I don’t believe that this current version of Jamison is better than any of the guys I included.


  • Even though I love the ebb and flow of a 7-game series, March Madness is simply more exciting – so this will be a one-and-done format.
  • Games will be college length but include the NBA three and the 24-second shot clock – just to compromise between both levels.
  • Remember, this is about the players’ CURRENT games. So Tyler Hansbrough is Indiana Pacers Psycho T, not the dominator at UNC.
  • Coaching absolutely matters. This means that Duke, Florida, Ohio State, and Kansas have a relative advantage while Ben Howland, Rick Barnes, and Roy Williams will most likely negatively affect their teams at some point. For teams like Arizona, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech that have gone through a regime change pretty recently, we will go with the better coach. That means that Lute Olsen, John Calipari, and Brian Gregory are in. (Cut to Georgia Tech fans letting out a sigh of relief that Paul Hewitt will not be prominently involved in this decision.

Here is the bracket. Below are the rosters. Let us know what you think!

Who is the favorite?  Who is your Cinderella?  Any big upsets in the works?  I’ll give you my game by game analysis of each matchup tomorrow.

Greatest Bracket Ever?  Maybe not, but it will still undoubtedly be epic.

Greatest Bracket Ever? Maybe not, but it will still undoubtedly be epic.

Who you vote as #1?

Which team would you vote #1?

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First Out – Ohio State


  • Kosta Koufos
  • Jared Sullinger
  • Daequan C0ok
  • Evan Turner
  • Mike Conley


  • Byron Mullins

#12 – Washington


  • Spencer Hawes
  • Jon Brockman
  • Terrence Ross
  • Brandon Roy
  • Isaiah Thomas


  • Tony Wroten
  • Quincy Pondexter
  • Nate Robinson
  • Will Conroy

#11 – Arizona


  • Channing Frye
  • Derrick Williams
  • Chase Budinger
  • Andre Iguodala
  • Jason Terry


  • Richard Jefferson
  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Jordan Hill
  • Luke Walton

#10 – Georgia Tech


  • Derrick Favors
  • Chris Bosh
  • Anthony Morrow
  • Iman Shumpert
  • Jarrett Jack


  • Thaddeus Young
  • Will Bynum

#9 – North Carolina


  • Tyler Zeller
  • Tyler Hansbrough
  • Danny Green
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Ty Lawson


  • Ed Davis
  • Rasheed Wallace
  • Jerry Stackhouse
  • Vince Carter
  • Marvin Williams
  • Raymond Felton
  • John Henson

#8 – Kansas


  • Nick Collison
  • Thomas Robinson
  • Paul Pierce
  • Kirk Hinrich
  • Mario Chalmers


  • Darrell Arthur
  • Drew Gooden
  • Cole Aldrich
  • Marcus Morris
  • Markieff Morris
  • Brandon Rush
  • Josh Selby

#7 – UCONN


  • Andre Drummond
  • Emeka Okafor
  • Rudy Gay
  • Ray Allen
  • Kemba Walker


  • Caron Butler
  • Ben Gordon
  • Rip Hamilton
  • Hasheem Thabeet
  • Jeremy Lamb
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • AJ Price

#6 – Duke


  • Elton Brand
  • Carlos Boozer
  • Luol Deng
  • JJ Redick
  • Kyrie Irving


  • Shane Battier
  • Chris Duhon
  • Mike Dunleavy
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Grant Hill
  • Austin Rivers
  • Kyle Singler

#5 – Florida


  • Joakim Noah
  • Al Horford
  • David Lee
  • Corey Brewer
  • Chandler Parsons


  • Marreese Speights
  • Bradley Beal
  • Mike Miller
  • Udonis Haslem
  • Matt Bonner
  • Vernon Macklin

#4 – Wake Forest


  • Tim Duncan
  • Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Josh Howard
  • Jeff Teague
  • Chris Paul


  • James Johnson
  • Ishmael Smith

#3 – UCLA


  • Kevin Love
  • Matt Barnes
  • Aaron Afflalo
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Jrue Holiday


  • Darren Collison
  • Luc Mbah a Moute
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Baron Davis
  • Ryan Hollins
  • Tyler Honeycut
  • Earl Watson

#2 – Texas


  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Kevin Durant
  • Avery Bradley
  • DJ Augustin


  • Daniel Gibson
  • Maurice Evans
  • Jordan Hamilton
  • PJ Tucker
  • Royal Ivey
  • Dexter Pittman
  • Cory Joseph

#1 – Kentucky


  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Anthony Davis
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
  • John Wall
  • Rajon Rondo


  • Eric Bledsoe
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Patrick Patterson
  • Jodi Meeks
  • Chuck Hayes
  • Brandon Knight
  • Keith Bogans


About Jon Washburn

Jon Washburn grew up in Indianapolis, IN and as such, is a diehard Pacers, Colts, and Cubs fans. When it comes to college, he cheers for Notre Dame football fan and Purdue basketball. Yes, this sounds shady, but since he grew up without cable, he learned to love Notre Dame - the only team on TV. Glenn "The Big Dog" Robinson was at Purdue when Jon was in his formative years, so he latched onto them as well. Did that make him a fair-weather fan at the time? Sure. Give him a break...he was 8...and he has stayed with those teams ever since. Currently, he lives in Charleston, SC with his wife who grew up in Cleveland. Although he is no longer physically in the Midwest, his heart will always be there. Jon goes by the name "Twitch" because he has Tourette's Syndrome. Hit him up on his twitter @jwtwitch.


  1. Brandon Knight should be on Kentucky’s roster over Lamb, Bogans, Hayes or Meeks

  2. Jon Washburn says:

    I was operating under the assumption that Kentucky didn’t need a FOURTH PG, but after comparing their stats, Knight is a better shooter than Lamb and almost as big, so we will add him to be more of a backup SG. Thanks for the comment!

  3. Miles Plumlee for Duke? He isnt doing that great but Duke needs atleast 1 center and I am pretty sure he would play better if coached by Coach K in the pros.

  4. Honestly, you could throw Marquette in there as well and give only 1 and 2 a bye…this team would beat Washington

    The Golden Eagles

    Wes Matthews
    Dwayne Wade
    Jimmy Butler
    Steve Novak
    Jae Crowder


    Lazar Hayward

  5. looks like all-ACC final4… not even close… all blowouts. duke vs unc playing for Fantasy Championship.

  6. Marquette’s team would beat your bottom 3 teams (Ariz, OSU, Washington)…they’d struggle against talented teams with size though

  7. MICH ST, USC, MEMPHIS all should have been added.

  8. How could you leave Maurice Lucas off of Marquette’s team?

  9. How is Mike Bibby or Sean Elliot not on Arizona’s team?

  10. Wade is a great player but the rest of them marginal players. Arizona would beat them easily especially if they included two of AZ best players, Mike Bibby and Sean Eliott.

  11. what about Cincinnati?

  12. Some players are on the wrong team.

  13. troy palmer says:

    how do you leave off mj,samperkins and james worthy from the nc squad

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