Good Things Come in Small Packages: Hoopdom's Best Short Players
The smALL-STARS show why bigger is not always better. They appear so downright short, it seems they should be prohibited from entering the Land of the Giants (free-throw lane) for humanitarian reasons. Although it's somewhat surprising opponents don't leave sneaker prints all over them, the "small subjects" are the ultimate proof that looks are deceiving. And while they are small in stature, they possess the aptitude to become among the biggest success stories in college basketball.
"There's something special about small guards because they're all so tough mentally," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, a 6-0 backcourter himself for Massachusetts in the early 1970s.
Many mighty mites have excelled in a game played above the rim. What the following alphabetical list of best major-college players 5-8 or shorter in the post-World War II era lacked in height, they compensated for with heart:
Ken Alessi, West Virginia (5-7)
The Mountaineers' second-leading scorer in 1950-51 (10.1 ppg) behind All-American Mark Workman.
Christopher Anderson, San Diego (5-7)
The Toreros' leader in assists (5 apg) and steals (2 spg) and runner-up in scoring (9 ppg) as a freshman in 2011-12.
Kendall Anthony, Richmond (5-7)
Second-leading scorer for the Spiders as a freshman in 2011-12 with 13 ppg.
Martin Badoian, Brown (5-7)
Three-year letterman was captain as a senior in 1951-52 when he averaged 13.9 ppg.
David Bailey, Loyola of Chicago (5-8)
All-MCC first-team selection in 2000-01 when he led the league in assists with 6.1 per game. Averaged 21.7 ppg as a junior in 2001-02.
Andre Barrett, Seton Hall (5-8)
All-Big East Conference first-team selection as a senior in 2003-04 (17.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.9 apg).
Bernard Barrow, George Washington (5-8)
J.C. transfer averaged 9.1 ppg and team-high 5.2 apg in 1999-2000 before contributing 5.2 ppg and team-high 3.9 apg in 2000-01.
Tommy Bartlett, Tennessee (5-8)
Averaged 10 ppg as a junior in 1950-51 and 11.9 ppg as a senior in 1951-52 (led SEC in free-throw percentage at 80.2%).
Marsalis Basey, West Virginia (5-8)
Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists as a junior in 1992-93 with 5.5 per game and in free-throw percentage the next year (83.8%). All-league second-team selection as a senior after earning a third-team spot the previous season.
Mike Belich, Pittsburgh (5-7)
Led the Panthers in scoring as a senior in 1950-51 with 15.9 ppg.
Eric Bell, Stephen F. Austin (5-6)
Ranked 30th in the nation in assists with 5.7 per game as a sophomore in 2007-08.
Mark Bell, Western Kentucky (5-8)
All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection as a senior in 1993 (16.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 2.4 spg) when the Hilltoppers reached the NCAA Sweet 16.
Ken Benoit, Columbia (5-8)
Averaged 9.5 ppg from 1963-64 through 1965-66.
Arnold Bernard, Southwest Missouri State (5-5)
J.C. transfer was an All-Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection in 1989-90. The next season, earned the same status in the Missouri Valley when he led the league in assists (7.6 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).
Tyrone Bogues, Wake Forest (5-3)
All-ACC first-team selection as a senior averaged 8.3 ppg, 6.6 apg and 2.3 spg from 1983-84 through 1986-87.
Jermaine Bolden, Morgan State (5-7)
Led the MEAC in assists with 4.9 per game in 2008-09.
Jimmy Boothe, Xavier (5-7)
Led the Musketeers' 1956 NIT team in scoring with 16.5 ppg.
Tim Bowen, Butler (5-8)
Led the Bulldogs in assists all four seasons from 1989-90 through 1992-93. Paced the Mid-Continent Conference in assists as a sophomore with 5.8 per game.
Earl Boykins, Eastern Michigan (5-6)
Two-time All-MAC first-team selection finished second in the nation in scoring in 1997-98 with 25.7 ppg, including 45 points vs. Western Michigan (tying school single-game record against a Division I opponent). MVP in the league's postseason tournament as a senior.
DeAndre Bray, Jacksonville State (5-6)
Posted an OVC-leading 5.2 apg as a sophomore in 2006-07 and ranked 11th in the nation as a junior in 2007-08 (6.4 apg). Assists average fell off to 4.9 per game as a senior in 2008-09.
Charlie Brown, Air Force (5-8)
Averaged 9.4 ppg as a senior in 1970-71.
Greg Brown, New Mexico (5-7)
WAC Player of the Year as a senior in 1993-94 when he averaged 19.3 ppg and 4.4 apg.
Jere Bunting, William & Mary (5-8)
Teammate of All-American Chet Giermak was Southern Conference Tournament MVP in 1948 before averaging 7.6 ppg the next season.
Gregory Burks, Prairie View (5-8)
Two-time all-league first-team selection was SWAC Freshman of the Year in 1998-99. Averaged more than 17 ppg in three different campaigns, including 18.1 ppg in 2002-03 when PV posted its winning season at the DI level.
Alex Bynum, Brown (5-7)
Averaged 8.3 ppg from 1980-81 through 1983-84.
Alton Byrd, Columbia (5-7)
Three-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 8.1 apg as a sophomore in 1976-77 en route to becoming the Lions' all-time leader in assists. Led the conference in assists as a sophomore and senior.
Carlton Byrd, Florida State (5-8)
Averaged 8.3 ppg and 3.8 apg from 1973-74 through 1976-77. Led the Seminoles in assists as a junior and senior.
Joe Campbell, Purdue (5-7)
Eventual PGA golfer averaged 7.7 ppg in three seasons of varsity basketball. He was the Boilermakers' third-leading scorer (11.9 ppg) and leading free-throw shooter (73.6%) as a senior in 1956-57.
Pete Carril, Lafayette (5-6)
The 1952 graduate averaged 11.5 ppg in his career with the Leopards before becoming a longtime coach for Princeton.
Taurence Chisholm, Delaware (5-6)
Blue Hens all-time leader in assists with 877 ranked among the top 12 in the nation all four years, including a runner-up finish as a sophomore. All-ECC second-team selection as a senior in 1987-88.
Keydren Clark, St. Peter's (5-8)
Three-time All-MAAC first-team selection averaged MAAC-leading 24.9 ppg as a freshman in 2002-03 before leading the nation in scoring the next two seasons.
Cass Clarke, McNeese State/New Orleans (5-8)
Led UNO in assists and steals as a senior in 1990-91.
Gravelle Craig, Cleveland State (5-8)
All-Mid-Continent Conference first-team selection as a senior in 1992-93 after being a second-team choice as a junior. He set a Mid-Continent Tournament single-game record with 14 assists against Akron as a junior in 1992 when he led the league that season with 5.5 apg.
Jackie Crawford, Southwest Missouri State (5-7)
J.C. transfer was an All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection and MVC Tournament MVP in 1991-92 (12 ppg, 4.5 apg, 83.5 FT%).
Jordon Crawford, Bowling Green (5-6)
Led Falcons in assists as a sophomore in 2010-11 and junior in 2011-12.
Sam Crawford, New Mexico State (5-8)
J.C. transfer was an All-Big West Conference second-team selection in 1991-92 and first-team pick in 1992-93. Led the nation in assists as a senior (9.1 apg) after finishing runner-up the previous year (8.5 apg). Dished out 16 scoring feeds against Nebraska in the first round of 1993 East Regional of the NCAA playoffs.
Charlie Criss, New Mexico State (5-8)
Averaged 12.5 ppg for the Aggies' 1970 Final Four team.
Jim Crosley, Butler (5-8)
The Bulldogs' runner-up in scoring as a junior and senior averaged 11.4 ppg from 1951-52 through 1953-54.
Russ Cunningham, New York University (5-8)
Third-leading scorer with 11.1 ppg as a senior for NYU's 1960 Final Four team.
Miles Davis, Delaware State (5-8)
MEAC Rookie of the Year in 2000-01 and all-league second-team selection as a sophomore.
Johnny Dee, Notre Dame (5-7)
Second-leading scorer (12.6 ppg) for the 15-5 Irish in 1944-45 before it went 17-4 the next year when he averaged 5.8 ppg.
Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State (5-6)
Big Sky Conference MVP in 2007-08 and league tournament MVP the next season. Leading scorer for PSU's all-time two winningest DI teams those years.
Gene Duffy, Notre Dame (5-7)
Averaged 6.6 ppg for the Irish's 1958 Mideast Regional runner-up. Contributed 6.8 ppg as team captain the next season.
Andy Dulik, Navy (5-7)
Averaged 10.3 ppg from 1954-55 through 1956-57, finishing among the Midshipmen's top three scorers as a sophomore and junior.
Omar Duran, Texas-El Paso (5-8)
J.C. recruit averaged 10.3 ppg with team highs of 44 steals and 79 three-pointers in 2002-03 before playing sparingly the next season.
Haywood Eaddy, Loyola Marymount (5-5)
J.C. transfer led the WCC in steals (2.1 spg) in 1997-98 and in free-throw shooting (89.8%) and assists (5.6 apg) in 1998-99.
Vinnie Ernst, Providence (5-8)
Averaged 11 ppg and 4 rpg from 1960-61 through 1962-63. He was named NIT Most Valuable Player as a sophomore for 1961 champion.
Darrell Estes, Alabama (5-8)
Three-year letterman from 1959-60 through 1961-62 was the Crimson Tide's runner-up in scoring as a senior with 11 ppg.
Johnny Ethridge, Texas Christian (5-8)
Starter for SWC champions in 1950-51 and 1951-52. He was an all-league first-team selection as a senior when he averaged 10.3 ppg.
Don Ferguson, Iowa State (5-7)
Averaged 5.1 ppg in 1948-49 and 8.9 ppg in 1949-50.
Pat Flannery, Bucknell (5-8)
Averaged 8.2 ppg in 1977-78.
Chico Fletcher, Arkansas State (5-6)
Three-time all-league selection led the Sun Belt Conference in assists four consecutive seasons from 1996-97 through 1999-2000.
Robert Flynn, Dayton (5-7)
Member of 1951 NIT runner-up averaged a career-high 7.8 ppg as a sophomore in 1948-49.
Geno Ford, Ohio University (5-8)
Two-time All-MAC selection led the Bobcats in scoring with more than 18 ppg in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
Louis Ford, Howard (5-6)
Contributed 14 assists and 10 steals in a game against Maryland-Eastern Shore when he averaged a team-high 14.1 ppg in an abbreviated junior campaign in 2004-05 before averaging 9.2 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg as a senior in 2005-06. Led the MEAC in assists as a sophomore (5 apg) and in steals as a senior (2.6 spg).
Cedric Foster, Alcorn State/Mississippi Valley State (5-8)
All-SWAC second-team selection in 1997-98 when he led the league in free-throw percentage with MVSU.
Tony Freeman, Indiana/Illinois-Chicago (5-7)
Honorable mention All-Mid-Continent Conference in 1988-89 after playing for the Hoosiers in 1986-87.
Maurice "Kojak" Fuller, Southern, La. (5-7)
Averaged 10.5 ppg and 3.7 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96.
Chris Gardler, St. Joseph's (5-8)
Averaged 11.3 ppg and led the Hawks in assists, steals and free-throw shooting (Atlantic 10-leading 84.3%) in 1989-90 after transferring from Widener.
Jack Goldsmith, Long Island (5-7)
Led the Blackbirds in scoring in 1945-46 when they posted their 13th of 18 consecutive winning records through 1950-51.
Tyquawn Goode, Fairfield (5-5)
Averaged 5.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.5 spg from 200-02 through 2004-05. MAAC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior led the Stags in assists all four seasons.
Marques Green, St. Bonaventure (5-7)
Averaged 15.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.9 apg and 2.9 spg while shooting 83.5% from the free-throw line from 2000-01 through 2003-04. He finished seventh in school career scoring when his career ended while ranking first in assists and steals. All-Atlantic 10 Conference first-team selection as a junior when he led the league in scoring (21.3 ppg), assists (8 apg), steals (2.6 spg) and free-throw shooting (87.9%) before earning second-team acclaim as a senior. He paced the A10 in steals his last three seasons.
Jay Greene, Maryland-Baltimore County (5-8)
Only DI player to rank in the top 10 in assists (4th with 7.3 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1st with 3.6 to 1) as a junior in 2007-08. Also led the Retrievers in assists as a freshman and sophomore. Contributed 12.7 ppg and 3.2 rpg with team highs of 6 apg and 68 three-pointers.
Michael Griffin, Prairie View (5-8)
Averaged 9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.2 apg and 1.8 spg as a sophomore in 2009-10 and 8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.5 spg as a junior in 2010-11.
Thomas Griffis, North Carolina A&T (5-8)
Led the MEAC in assists as a sophomore in 1985-86 (4.7 apg) and as a junior in 1986-87 (5.7 apg).
Quentin Hall, Gonzaga (5-8)
All-WCC selection as a senior in 1998-99 (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 spg). Averaged 8.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.4 spg the previous season.
Shawn Hall, Appalachian State (5-8)
All-Southern Conference first-team selection in 2002-03 when he averaged 20.5 ppg. Contributed 8.5 ppg the previous season.
Jim Hamilton, Miami of Ohio (5-8)
Three-year starter averaged more than 11 ppg in 1958-59 and 1959-60 after contributing 6.9 ppg in 1957-58.
George Harrington, Harvard (5-7)
All-Ivy League second-team selection as a senior in 1958-59 when he averaged a team-high 14.6 ppg after averaging 11.4 ppg the previous two seasons.
Jason Harrison, Mississippi (5-5)
Started every game as a senior for the Rebels' 2002 NCAA playoff team after serving as their "sixth-man" most of his first three seasons. Finished his career third on Ole Miss' all-time list for three-pointers (163), third in assists (427), third in steals (172) and fifth in free-throw shooting (82%).
Mike Heitman, Iowa (5-8)
Starter in 1958-59 and 1959-60 when he averaged 7.5 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively.
Don Hennon, Pittsburgh (5-8)
Holds existing school scoring records for a game (45 points vs. Duke) and season average (26 ppg in 1957-58). Scored at least 30 points a total of 23 times in his career.
Dick Hickox, Miami, Fla. (5-6)
Averaged 19.4 ppg from 1958-59 through 1960-61, leading the Hurricanes in scoring all three seasons.
Jermaine "Squirt" Hicks, Weber State/Chicago State (5-6)
Co-Newcomer of the Year in the Mid-Continent Conference in 1997-98. Scored 40 points at Fresno State the next season when he was an all-league second-team selection.
Marc Hill, North Carolina A&T (5-8)
Averaged 10.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.1 apg and contributed 50 three-pointers as a junior in 2010-11.(update with '12).
Karl Hobbs, Connecticut (5-8)
Holds Big East Conference record for highest assists average as a freshman (6.9 per game in 1980-81). Eventual GWU coach averaged a career-high 11.8 ppg as a junior.
Lamar Holt, Prairie View (5-8)
Averaged 15 ppg in 1989-90 when he led the SWAC in assists with 7.9 apg. Contributed 11.3 ppg and team-high 6.3 apg the previous season.
David Holston, Chicago State (5-7)
Scored school DI record with 43 points against St. Bonaventure in 2006-07 season opener. Mid-Continent Conference second-team selection as a freshman in 2005-06 (13.4 ppg, 2.8 apg, 85.7 FT%). Ranked 10th in the nation in scoring as a junior in 2007-08 (23.1 ppg) when he led the country in three-point field goals per game (4.6). Became school's all-time leading Division I scorer in 2008-09 when he averaged 25.9 ppg (4th in nation).
Shawn Hood, Cleveland State (5-7)
Leader in assists and steals in 1983-84 and 1984-85 for the Vikings.
Rod Hutchings, Northern Arizona (5-7)
Shot 93.3% from the free-throw line as a senior in 2000-01 to finish his four-year career at 84%. Also contributed 285 assists.
Keith "Mister" Jennings, East Tennessee State (5-7)
All-American and Southern Conference Player of the Year as a senior. Two-time Southern Conference Tournament MVP averaged 15.7 ppg and 7.7 apg while shooting 86.1% from the free-throw line from 1987-88 through 1990-91. Paced the league twice in free-throw shooting, three times in steals and all four seasons in assists.
Aaron Johnson, UAB (5-7)
Averaged 5.2 ppg and team-high 4.1 apg as a freshman in 2007-08. Named an All-Conference USA third-team selection as junior in 2009-10 before becoming league MVP as a senior when he led the nation with 7.7 apg.
Omar Johnson, Texas-San Antonio (5-7)
Averaged 12.6 ppg, 4.2 apg and 1.9 spg in 2008-09 and 11.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.4 apg in 2009-10.
Ray Johnson, Sam Houston State (5-8)
Averaged 12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 8 apg and 1.8 spg as a sophomore in 1990-91 and 6.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 4.6 apg as a junior in 1991-92.
Casey Jones, Northeast Louisiana (5-7)
Led the Indians in assists as a senior in 1990-91 with 5.8 per game, finishing his career with 3.8 apg.
Marcus Jones, Alabama A&M (5-8)
Named SWAC Freshman of the Year in 2004-05 (7.7 ppg, 2.5 apg). Averaged 5.9 and 2 apg the next season.
Maurice Jones, Southern California (5-7)
Averaged 9.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2 spg as a freshman in 2010-11.(insert subsequent seasons!)
John Judd, Air Force (5-8)
Averaged 14 ppg and 2.6 rpg while shooting 80% from the free-throw line from 1961-62 through 1963-64. Led the Falcons in scoring as a junior and senior.
Len Kaplan, Alabama (5-8)
Averaged 8.3 ppg from 1956-57 through 1958-59, posting a team-high 14.4 ppg as a senior.
Charles Katsiaficas, New Hampshire (5-7)
Averaged 7.8 ppg in 1947-48 and 12.1 ppg in 1948-49.
Fred Kozak, Brown (5-8)
Averaged team-high 17.1 ppg in 1950-51.
Darryl "Pee Wee" Lenard, Georgia/St. Louis (5-7)
Led the Midwestern City Conference in steals with 1.8 per game in 1983-84.
Jim Lamb, Marshall (5-8)
Averaged 8.5 ppg from 1949-50 through 1951-52. Led the Thundering Herd in assists as a senior with 5.8 per game.
Jay Lambiotte, Virginia (5-8)
Averaged 8.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a senior in 1963-64.
Frank Landry, Georgia Tech (5-8)
Two-year starter averaged 8.3 ppg in 1961-62.
Drew Lavender, Oklahoma/Xavier (5-6)
Paced the Sooners' 2004 NIT team in assists and steals before finishing team runner-up in the same two categories for their 2005 NCAA playoff squad before transferring. Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists with 4.8 per game in 2006-07.
Kelvin Lee, Southern Utah (5-8)
Averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.5 apg in 1988-89 and 1989-90 while leading the Thunderbirds in each of their first two seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
Jeff Lippard, UNC-Asheville (5-8)
Led Big South Conference in assists in 1990-91 and 1991-92.
Robert Long, Bowling Green (5-8)
Co-captain in 1950-51 when he averaged 6.7 ppg after contributing 7.2 ppg the previous two seasons.
Damin Lopez, Pepperdine (5-8)
Concluded his career in 1993-94 with 1,091 points. Averaged 14.7 ppg as a senior when he earned All-WCC honors.
Jim Lynam, St. Joseph's (5-8)
Averaged 12.2 ppg and 4.7 apg from 1960-61 through 1962-63. Scored a career-high 31 points as a sophomore against Utah in the national third-place game.
Lionel Malamed, CCNY (5-8)
Army veteran was the leading scorer for the Beavers' 1947 national fourth-place team with 9.9 ppg. Captained the squad the next season before playing in the NBA in 1948-49.
Don Mann, Murray State (5-8)
All-OVC first-team selection in 1987-88 (17.7 ppg, league-high 6 apg) and 1988-89 (13.4 ppg, 5.7 apg) after earning second-team acclaim in 1986-87 (15.5 ppg, 4.6 apg).
Sherry Marshall, Columbia (5-7)
All-Ivy League first-team selection as a sophomore in 1947-48 when he averaged 8.2 ppg and shot 75.9% from the free-throw line. All-conference second-team pick as a freshman, junior and senior.
Kellen McCoy, Weber State (5-6)
J.C. transfer was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year in 2008-09 (team highs of 14.1 ppg and 1.3 spg) after averaging 8.8 ppg and 2.9 rpg the previous year.
Malcolm McCreight, Lamar (5-8)
J.C. transfer averaged 5.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 4 apg in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. Led the Cardinals in assists both seasons.
Terrell McIntyre, Clemson (5-8)
Led ACC in scoring as a senior in 1998-99 with 17.9 ppg. Paced the Tigers in assists and steals all four seasons. Posted career averages of 14.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4.6 apg.
Shandue McNeil, St. Bonaventure (5-7)
Averaged 9.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.4 apg and 2.5 spg from 1993-94 through 1996-97. Led the Atlantic 10 Conference in assists and steals as a sophomore (all-league second-team choice) and in assists as a senior.
Gene Melchiorre, Bradley (5-8)
Two-time All-American averaged 11.5 ppg from 1947-48 through 1950-51.
Daon Merritt, Richmond/South Alabama (5-8)
Part-time starter for UR as a freshman in 2003-04 when he averaged 5.1 ppg and 2.7 apg. Averaged 12.7 ppg and team-high 5.3 apg for USA in 2006-07 and tied for 35th in the nation in assists with 5.5 per game as a senior in 2007-08.
Bob Michel, New Hampshire (5-6)
Averaged 9.1 ppg from 1953-54 through 1955-56.
Wendell "Cookie" Miller, Nebraska (5-7)
Averaged 6.1 ppg plus team highs of 3.6 apg and 1.9 spg as a freshman in 2007-08.
Julius Millman, New Hampshire (5-8)
All-Yankee Conference second-team selection in 1948-49 (team-high 13.9 ppg) and 1949-50 after averaging 11.5 ppg as a sophomore in 1947-48.
Jim Mini, Loyola of Chicago (5-8)
Led the Ramblers in free-throw percentage in 1959-60 (76.6%) and 1960-61 (82.4%). Averaged 15 ppg in 1959-60.
Antoine Morris, Delaware State (5-8)
Led MEAC in assists with 5 per game as a junior in 1994-95. Contributed 8.8 ppg and team highs of 5.7 apg and 1.9 spg the next season.
Mark Morse, Tulsa (5-7)
All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection in 1991-92 (14.9 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg) and 1992-93 (17.4 ppg, 4.6 apg, 2.2 spg). J.C. recruit was MVC Newcomer of the Year in 1991-92.
Elton Nesbitt, Georgia Southern (5-8)
Two-time All-Southern Conference first-team selection. Managed 11 three-pointers against Chattanooga and 10 treys against The Citadel in 2004-05 before becoming the league's Player of the Year the next season (league-high 21.7 ppg).
Johnny Nunziato, Boston University (5-5)
Led the Terriers in scoring with 15.4 ppg as a senior in 1953-54 after averaging 6.6 ppg the previous season.
Johnny O'Brien, Seattle (5-8)
Two-time All-American ranked third in the nation among major colleges in scoring, fifth in field-goal percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage as a senior in 1952-53.
Ralph "Buckshot" O'Brien, Butler (5-8)
Four-time first-team all-league selection in the Mid-American Conference averaged 13.9 ppg from 1946-47 through 1949-50. Ranked among the nation's top 40 scorers as a junior and senior.
Billy Pappas, New Hampshire (5-6)
Two-time All-Yankee Conference first-team selection averaged 18.9 ppg from 1952-53 through 1954-55.
Royce Parran, Chicago State (5-8)
Posted team highs of 18 ppg, 3.9 apg and 1.9 spg as a junior in 2005-06 when he was All-Mid-Continent Conference second-team choice. Contributed 14.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 apg and 2.2 spg as a senior the next season.
Ronell Peters, Texas-Arlington (5-6)
UTA's all-time leader in assists led the SLC in that category in 1983-84 (7 apg). He also paced the SLC in steals in 1983-84 (2 spg) and 1985-86 (2.4 spg).
Bob Petersen, Iowa State (5-8)
The Cyclones' leading scorer as a senior in 1948-49 (10.1 ppg) after finishing runner-up in that category as a sophomore and junior.
Otto Petty, Florida State (5-7)
The Seminoles' all-time leader in assists with 602 from 1970-71 through 1972-73. Averaged 6.4 ppg for FSU's 1972 NCAA Tournament runner-up. Contributed 7.6 ppg in 1970-71 and 8.2 ppg in 1972-73.
Rashad Phillips, Detroit (5-8)
Leading scorer with 15.7 ppg in 1998-99 for Midwestern Collegiate champion that upset UCLA in the NCAA Tournament. Two-time MCC Player of the Year became the Titans' all-time leading scorer (2,319 points). He was top scorer for 2000-01 UD team that tied school mark for most victories in a single season.
Bernie Pina, Rhode Island (5-6)
Letterman from 1951-52 through 1953-54 averaged a career-high 8.5 ppg as a senior.
Kent Poore, Army/Kansas State (5-8)
Averaged 6.8 ppg for K-State in 1953-54 and 1954-55.
Tajuan Porter, Oregon (5-6)
Career averages of 14.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.1 apg while shooting 87% from the free-throw line and 38.5% from beyond the arc from 2006-07 through 2009-10. Averaged 31 points in his first three games as a freshman, including 38 with 10 three-pointers against Portland State. Pacific-10 Conference MVP in 2007.
Kareem Reid, Arkansas (5-8)
Averaged 11.3 ppg and 5.7 apg from 1995-96 through 1998-99. The Hogs' all-time leader in assists had a career-high 15 as a sophomore when he paced the SEC with 5.7 apg.
Charles Richardson, Nebraska (5-8)
Starting freshman in 2003-04 when he led the team in assists. Paced the Huskers in assists and steals as a junior in 2005-06 and senior in 2006-07. Big 12 Conference runner-up to D.J. Augustin in assists as a senior with 5.8 apg.
Keith "Boo" Richardson, Illinois State (5-8)
J.C. recruit was a member of MVC All-Newcomer Team in 2006-07 when he averaged 9.8 ppg and team-high 4.9 apg. Led the Redbirds in assists (3.7 apg) and steals (1.6 spg) the next year.
Eddie Rivera, Texas-El Paso (5-8)
All-WAC selection in 1992-93 when he led the Miners in scoring (15.8 ppg) and assists (5.2 apg).
Ron Robins, Oregon State (5-8)
Two-time all-conference selection from North Division averaged 6.5 ppg from 1952-53 through 1954-55.
Ashley Robinson, Mississippi Valley State (5-8)
Led SWAC in assists three consecutive years from 2000-01 through 2002-03.
Shawnta Rogers, George Washington (5-4)
Leading scorer for Atlantic 10 Conference Western Division champion in 1998-99 (20.7 ppg) when he was named the league's MVP while also topping the A10 in assists (6.8 apg) and steals (3.6 spg). Three-time all-league selection twice paced the conference in free-throw shooting.
Chuck Rolles, Cornell (5-6)
Two-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 23 ppg as a senior in 1955-56 after averaging 16 ppg as a junior.
Jim Ross, Washington State (5-7)
Averaged 9.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg from 1956-57 thorugh 1958-59. Led the Cougars in free-throw percentage as a junior.
Maurice Roulhac, Jacksonville (5-8)
All-Sun Belt Conference second-team selection as a junior in 1981-82 (11.4 ppg, 3.6 apg). He was named to the All-SBC Tournament Team in 1983.
Greg Samuel, Florida State (5-8)
Averaged 6.2 ppg and 4 apg for the Seminoles' 1972 NCAA Tournament runner-up after averaging 3.8 ppg the previous season.
George Selleck, Stanford (5-8)
Three-year All-PCC selection was the leading scorer for the Cardinal with 16 ppg as a senior in 1955-56.
Gene Sosnick, Pacific (5-6)
All-California Basketball Association first-team selection as a senior in 1952-53 when he averaged 17.6 ppg.
Frank Spadafore, West Virginia (5-8)
Co-captain as a senior in 1954-55 when Hot Rod Hundley's teammate averaged 9.1 ppg and 4.9 rpg.
Javan Steadham, Delaware State (5-7)
Averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.1 apg as a sophomore in 1995-96 after contributing 4 ppg as a freshman. Averaged 9.7 ppg and team-high 4.8 apg in 1996-97.
Frank Sylvester, Bradley (5-4)
Averaged 5.9 ppg from 1968-69 through 1970-71. Led the Braves in assists as a junior and senior.
Raymond Taylor, Florida Atlantic (5-6)
Averaging more than 5 apg as a junior midway through 2011-12 after contributing 11.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.9 apg and team highs of 1.5 spg and 61 three-pointers as a sophomore.
Terry Tebbs, Brigham Young (5-8)
All-Rocky Mountain Conference selection in 1954-55 (14.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and 1955-56 (team-high 19.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg).
Jim Thacker, Idaho (5-7)
Two-time All-Big Sky Conference selection averaged team-high 16.7 ppg in 1967-68 and 14.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 1968-69.
Isaiah Thomas, Washington (5-8)
Averaged 16.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4 apg from 2008-09 through 2010-11. Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year in 2008-09 when he was an all-league second-team selection. Moved up to Pac-10 first-team status the next two seasons before leaving school early and becoming an early second round NBA draft choice.
D.J. Thompson, Appalachian State (5-8)
All-Southern Conference third-team selection as a sophomore in 2004-05 before moving up to first-team status as a junior (19.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.7 spg) and senior (15.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 spg).
Danny Tirado, Jacksonville (5-8)
Led Sun Belt Conference in assists as a junior in 1990-91 with 9.3 per game after playing sparingly as a sophomore.
Joe Tocci, Penn State (5-7)
Averaged 7.5 ppg as senior co-captain in 1949-50 after contributing 6.3 ppg the previous season.
Monte Towe, North Carolina State (5-7)
All-ACC first-team selection as a junior averaged 11.1 ppg and 4.1 apg from 1972-73 through 1974-75.
Herbie Triplett, Morehead State (5-8)
Two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference selection led the Eagles in scoring with 20 ppg as a senior in 1959-60 after averaging 16.4 ppg the previous season.
Benny Valentine, Eastern Washington (5-7)
All-Big Sky Conference second-team selection as a junior in 2008-09 (team highs of 15.1 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg and 55 three-pointers). Contributed 8.2 ppg and 2.7 apg the next season.
Brian Walker, Navy (5-8)
Named to Patriot League's All-Tournament Team in 1995. Earned spot on all-league second team as a senior in 1996-97. Led the conference in assists his last three seasons.
Ray Washington, Nicholls State (5-8)
Led Southland Conference in assists (7.3 apg) and steals (3 spg) as a senior in 1994-95. Averaged 5.3 apg in his four-year career with the Colonels.
Spud Webb, North Carolina State (5-7)
J.C. transfer averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.7 apg in 1983-84 and 1984-85. Led the ACC in assists as a junior (6 apg).
Ron Weisner, Wisconsin (5-8)
Starter for the Badgers as a senior in 1953-54 when he averaged 13 ppg. Contributed 4.9 ppg the previous season.
Ames Wells, Clemson (5-8)
Averaged 15.4 ppg in ACC's inaugural season in 1953-54.
Bobby Wendell, California (5-8)
Starter for NCAA Tournament runner-up as a junior in 1959-60 before averaging 3.6 ppg the next season.
Bill Whaley, Ohio University (5-8)
All-conference selection in the Mid-American as a senior in 1961-62 when he averaged 13.5 ppg.
LaDrell Whitehead, Wyoming and Ohio University (5-8)
WAC Freshman of the Year in 1994-95 when he led the Cowboys in scoring (14.9 ppg), assists (3.5 apg), steals (2 spg) and three-point shooting (38.8%). All-MAC first-team selection in 1998-99 when he led OU in scoring with 18.9 ppg.
Gerry Williams, Butler (5-8)
Averaged 15.5 ppg from 1960-61 through 1962-63.
James "Bug" Williams, Syracuse (5-8)
Averaged 7.6 ppg as a sophomore for 1975 Final Four team before leading the Orange in scoring the next two years.
Willie "Woo Woo" Wong, San Francisco (5-5)
Chinese-American was a part-time player for the Dons' 1950 NIT team.
Willie Worsley, Texas Western (5-6)
Averaged 8 ppg as a sophomore for the Miners' 1966 NCAA Tournament champion. Contributed 12.2 ppg in 1966-67 before sharing the backcourt with Tiny Archibald and scoring 14.4 ppg in 1967-68.
Mike Wren, Miami of Ohio (5-8)
All-MAC second-team selection in 1969-70 and 1970-71 when he averaged 8.3 ppg.
Corey Wright, Providence (5-8)
J.C. transfer averaged 3.3 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1996-97 through 1998-99. Led the Friars in steals in 1997-98.
Tommy Wright, East Tennessee State (5-8)
Teammate of All-American Tom Chilton averaged 8 ppg in 1958-59.
Alan Young, Brown (5-8)
Averaged 10.2 ppg in 1962-63.