As the college basketball offseason continues into the late summer months, the folks over at Field of 68 are keeping things going by making multiple lists to generate conversation about the sport we all love.
Their latest is a look at the 25 best college basketball players over the last ten years, a highly subjective exercise that is bound to cause controversy. How do you compare a player who played on a really good team, maybe even won a championship or two, to a player with jaw-dropping individual statistics who played for a team that didn’t even sniff the NCAA Tournament? Does a player putting up huge numbers in the SoCon league not count, even if they outperformed everyone else statistically?
It’s an ultimately futile exercise – in the sense that agreement will never be had – but it’s fun to look at where some of the game’s most iconic performers land on the list.
For Gonzaga, the first player to show up on the list is Drew Timme, who comes in at No. 13 overall, one spot behind Kansas’ Ochai Agbaji and ahead of Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Oklahoma’s Trae Young.
Of course, Timme is not done padding his collegiate resume, and another season averaging 18+ points per game – and potentially a Final 4 or national championship appearance – should vault him up into the top-ten when all is said and done.
Timme’s accolades are excellent, with two All-American seasons, a WCC Player of the Year trophy, an NCAA All-Tournament and All-Region award, and countless other accomplishments already in the bag for the incoming senior.
Discussing where Timme ranks all-time among college basketball legends, and Gonzaga stars, is an exercise that can’t be fully completed until his career is up.
A national championship this season, on the back of Timme’s low-post scoring prowess, would immediately put him in the conversation as the greatest Gonzaga player of all-time and one of the true icons in college basketball’s storied history.
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