With the Big Dance coming up, I put together the best starting five from all the best college team. Each team got 5 starters and one bench player, here is what the top 10 would look like if they played against each other. Note: Tried to stay away from too many old time players, only the ones who would no doubt mix in todays game made it.
Honorable Mention: Maryland- John Lucas, Juan Dixon, Len Bias, Steve Francis and Joe Smith and Michigan State- Magic, Scott Skiles, Mateen Cleaves, Jason Richardson and Morris Peterson
10. Kentucky- John Wall, Jamal Mashburn, Ron Mercer, Tayshaun Prince, and Jamaal Magloire, Bench- Rondo- This is a pretty good lineup. Mashburn was one of the best players in Kentuckys history and people tend to forget how great Ron Mercer was.
9. Arizona- Mike Bibby, Steve Kerr, Damon Stoudamire, Sean Elliot, Loren Woods, Bench- Andre Iguodala- They would be higher if Loren Woods didnt blow. Zona was stacked with guards over the years, and Elliot was a National Player of the Year.
8. St. Johns- Mark Jackson, Chris Mullin, Ron Artest, Malik Sealy, Jayson Williams, Bench- Walter Berry-Williams was a beast in college and the pros. The key is Mullin. One of the best college players of all time, Mullin could carry them far.
7. Kansas- Kurt Hinrich, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, Drew Gooden, Wilt Chamberlain, Bench- Nick Collison- One of the strongest from top to bottom, the problem with Kansas is Hinrich. College focuses on elite point guards, and despite having stars, Hinrich is too much of a weak link.
6. Syracuse- Pearl Washington, Gerry McNamara, Carmelo, Rony Seikaly, Derrick Coleman, Bench- Wesley Johnson- Pearl was a top 5 Big East player ever and Melo did everything in his one year. Coleman was a number one pick, but hard to tell if he could match the other big men in this top ten.
5. Duke- Jay Williams, JJ, Shane Battier, Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, Bench- Elton Brand- Well coached, national players of the year and Laettner. Duke would be a force.
4. Uconn- Kemba Walker, Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Donyell Marshall, Emeka Okafor, Bench- Caron Butler- All of these guys were amazing in college, with them all being a top 3 player in their year, except for maybe Marshall. Okafor would be the key as his defense was unmatched by many in college.
3. Georgetown- Allen Iverson, Austin Freeman, Jeff Green, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Bench- Mutombo- With these 3 big men, nobody could match up with the Hoyas down low. Freeman and Green make it because one can hit 3s and the other could defend other 3s, but Iverson and these big men would be deadly.
2. UNC- Ty Lawson, MJ, Vince Carter, James Worthy, Brad Daugherty, Bench- Tyler Hansbrough- Mj, enough said. Daugherty was a number one pick, and Worthy a hall of famer. They could match up with anybody you could throw at them.
1. UCLA- Baron Davis, Reggie Miller, Gail Goodrich, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bench- Russell Westbrook- The most complete starting 5. Two of the best college big men ever. An all star point guard, the second best 3 point shooter ever and Goodrich is an NBA hall of famer. Coached by Wooden, nobody could take down this crew.