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?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...


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

  14. Hello Web Admin, I noticed that your On-Page SEO is is missing a few factors, for one you do not use all three H tags in your post, also I notice that you are not using bold or italics properly in your SEO optimization. On-Page SEO means more now than ever since the new Google update: Panda. No longer are backlinks and simply pinging or sending out a RSS feed the key to getting Google PageRank or Alexa Rankings, You now NEED On-Page SEO. So what is good On-Page SEO?First your keyword must appear in the title.Then it must appear in the URL.You have to optimize your keyword and make sure that it has a nice keyword density of 3-5% in your article with relevant LSI (Latent Semantic Indexing). Then you should spread all H1,H2,H3 tags in your article.Your Keyword should appear in your first paragraph and in the last sentence of the page. You should have relevant usage of Bold and italics of your keyword.There should be one internal link to a page on your blog and you should have one image with an alt tag that has your keyword….wait there’s even more Now what if i told you there was a simple WordPress plugin that does all the On-Page SEO, and automatically for you? That’s right AUTOMATICALLY, just watch this 4minute video for more information at. Seo Plugin

  15. If you want to get a good deal from this article then you have to apply such strategies
    to your won web site.

  16. This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Take care! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  17. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what
    all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like
    yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web savvy so I’m
    not 100% certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Appreciate it

  18. Hi are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you
    require any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  19. I am no longer sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic.

    I needs to spend a while finding out more or understanding more.
    Thanks for great info I was on the lookout for this information for
    my mission.

  20. Very nice post. I definitely love this site. Thanks!

  21. Very descriptive article, I loved that bit. Will there be a part 2?|

  22. Undeniably believe that which you stated. Your favourite justification appeared to be at the web
    the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked
    even as folks think about issues that they plainly do not realize about.
    You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest and defined
    out the entire thing without having side-effects , other folks can take a signal.
    Will probably be back to get more. Thanks

  23. Wonderful article! We are linking to this particularly great content on our site.
    Keep up the good writing.

  24. I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get got an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following.

    unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot
    often inside case you shield this hike.

  25. Remarkable! Its in fact amazing piece of writing, I
    have got much clear idea concerning from this paragraph.

  26. Thank you for the good writeup. It actually was a enjoyment account it.
    Look complicated to far brought agreeable from you! By the way, how
    can we be in contact?

  27. This is my first time pay a visit at here and i am actually pleassant to read everthing at one

  28. I like meeting utile info, this post has got me even more info!

  29. My brother recommended I would possibly like this website.
    He was once totally right. This publish truly
    made my day. You can not consider just how so much time I had spent for this info!

    Thank you!

  30. Awesome! Its really awesome post, I have got much clear idea concerning from this post.

  31. It’s truly very complex in this full of activity life to listen news on TV, so I
    just use world wide web for that reason, and get the
    most up-to-date information.

  32. Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading
    this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  33. Post writing is also a fun, if you be familiar with then you can write or else
    it is complex to write.

  34. A person necessarily assist to make significantly posts I’d state.
    This is the first time I frequented your website page and so far?
    I amazed with the analysis you made to make this particular post incredible.
    Magnificent process!

  35. It is actually a great and helpful piece of info. I am glad that you simply shared this
    useful information with us. Please keep us informed like this.

    Thanks for sharing.

  36. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always useful to read content from other writers and use
    a little something from other web sites.

  37. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web address and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to checking out your web page again.

  38. You really make it seem really easy together with your
    presentation but I find this topic to be actually one thing which I believe I might by no means understand.
    It kind of feels too complicated and extremely huge for me.
    I am looking forward in your next submit, I’ll attempt to
    get the dangle of it!

  39. I am genuinely grateful to the holder of this website who has shared this wonderful post at
    at this place.

  40. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!
    Very useful info particularly the last part :) I
    care for such info a lot. I was looking for this certain information for a long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  41. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Many thanks, However I
    am going through issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to
    it. Is there anybody else having similar RSS problems? Anybody
    who knows the answer will you kindly respond?

  42. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact
    enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I’ll be
    subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  43. Remarkable things here. I’m very happy to peer
    your article. Thank you a lot and I’m taking a look ahead to touch you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  44. My brother suggested I may like this website. He used to
    be totally right. This submit truly made my day. You cann’t consider simply how a lot time I had
    spent for this information! Thank you!

  45. I am really impressed with your writing skills and also with
    the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it
    yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing,
    it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.

  46. Thanks for finally writing about >Which College Hoops Programs Have Produced The Best Current
    NBA Players? The Official Rosters and Bracket <Loved it!

  47. Wonderful items from you, man. I have remember your stuff previous to and you’re simply extremely great.
    I actually like what you have received right here, really like
    what you are saying and the best way during which
    you say it. You’re making it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart.

    I can not wait to learn much more from you.

    This is really a tremendous web site.

  48. This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog
    (well, almost…HaHa!) Great job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

  49. Hello colleagues, how is everything, and what you desire to say
    concerning this paragraph, in my view its truly awesome designed for me.

  50. Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.

    Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
    Guess I will just bookmark this blog.

  51. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and
    found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels.

    I’ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Numerous
    people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  52. Hi there, I found your web site via Google while looking for a comparable
    topic, your site got here up, it appears great. I
    have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, simply become alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative.
    I am gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful in the event you
    proceed this in future. Many folks will probably be benefited out
    of your writing. Cheers!

Speak Your Mind