Basketball is not only about the NBA. There are many college basketball players you might have heard that have never played in NBA. The league is so competitive only the best of the best make it. The rest? They play their trade at various college basketball programs. If you’re a college amateur or pro, there are certain programs you need to know to play basketball at the highest level.
Wisconsin Badgers College Basketball
This basketball team is based out of the University of Wisconsin. It competes in the NCAA or National Collegiate Athletic Association. They are one of the most consistent teams recently. In 2018-19, they registered 1618 in that calendar year. Wisconsin also regularly makes it to the Big Ten tournament.
But their track record of producing NBA-level talent is awful. Primarily given that only seven of its players have played in NBA for more than 82 career games. That’s the tough life NBA has to offer. Even the best in the list look minuscule.
West Virginia produced their first college basketball player to play for NBA in 1981. That’s when Jerry West, nicknamed Mr. Clutch, got picked by LA Lakers. West is now serving as a basketball executive.
Their best time was with coach John Beilein and Bob Huggins under whom they made the Sweet 16s twice and the Elite Eight and Final Four once each. This was just within a span of eight years. During these eight years, only two WV players made it to the NBA. One of them being Bucks draft Joe Alexander. The West Virginia team has been constantly doing well in college leagues.
Missouri Tigers College Basketball
Missouri Tigers is part of the Missouri Tigers intercollegiate athletics program and represents the University of Missouri. In the Big 12, Missouri is a force to reckon with. They’ve been consistent and they’ve been excellent for the most part of the tournament.
But they’ve failed to translate their success into NBA-level star producers. It’s a best-ever season, 2008-09, saw only one player appear in the pros. That too he got to play only 24 games averaging 4.5 points. But they have some excellent talents to watch out for.
Besides basketball, they have a good baseball and football team. So watch out for their college basketball program if you want to turn pro.
Their name aptly describes their willingness to contribute to basketball. Known as Tennessee Volunteer’s Basketball, they’ve been excellent with dealing with the void that Bruce Pearl’s departure created. In the following season, they stood second in SEC (a domain where they rank third in all-time wins.)
On top of that, they’ve featured in three Sweet 16s in their last six NCAA tournaments, which makes them fairly consistent. Players like Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis, Bernard King call Tennessee their alma matter.
Finally, for all aspiring college basketball players, Louisville Cardinals is the place to be. While their past track records haven’t been pretty good, This is contrary to the fact that no Cardinal has ever made it to the NBA since Wes Unseld in 1975.
But the reason they’re a good fit for college basketball players is that they’ve made 42 NCAA tournament appearances and as much as 15 NIT appearances. Plus, they’re the only school in America to have won all the three major national post-season tournaments.