This Monday Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor bears will play the final of the Final Four in search of the title of the NCAA. The encounter, which It will start at 9 p.m. (US Eastern Time), 10 p.m. in Argentina and 8 p.m. in Mexico City, it will attract attention in various parts of the world because historically the next stars of the university have come out of the university league. NBA.
In it March madness, the March Madness, basketball legends have shone. Even en this competition, the next main candidates to be chosen in the first round of the Draft begin to be elucidated. However, being a champion is a milestone that few have achieved. Only so far in the 21st century, the players who knew how to consecrate themselves in the university league and later became figures in the NBA, are few.
In this list, we review some of those who knew how to shine after leaving university. However, there are few who could repeat the title. The exceptions are Antonhy Davis, who only did it in 2020, and Danny Green, who did it with the Tar Heels in 2009 and then with the Spurs in 2014.
THE NCAA CHAMPIONS WHO SHINE IN THE NBA
Jahlil Okafor (Duke, 2015)
Anthony Davis (Kentucky, 2012)
Kemba walker (UConn, 2011)
Danny green (North Carolina, 2009)
Al horford (Florida, 2006 and 2007)
Joakim noah (Florida, 2006 and 2007)
Ben gordon (UConn, 2004)
Emeka Okafor (UConn, 2004)
Charlie Villanueva (UConn, 2004)
Carmelo anthony (Syracuse, 2003)
Carlos Boozer (Duke, 2001)
THE NCAA CHAMPIONS WHO REPEATED IN THE NBA
Anyway, if you take into account the last century, more names appear that are among the best in history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is an example of it. With the UCLA Bruins he led his university up to three consecutive titles between 1967 and 1969. In the NBA, Milwaukee Bucks and later with the Los Angeles Lakers, he would achieve up to six rings.
Bill russell he dominated in the NCAA being the leader of the University of San Francisco to take it to the titles of 1955 and 1956. Then, he transferred that leadership to the NBA winning 11 rings in 13 seasons. Too Magic johnson He was crowned Michigan State in a historic final against Larry Bird’s Indiana State and then repeated with the Lakers.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention Michael Jordan, who scored an epic basket to give North Carolina the title in the decisive game against Georgetown, which had its most staunch rival Patrick Ewing, prior to the six rings with the Chicago Bulls.