What School Would Have The Greatest Starting Five of All Time?
University of California, Los Angeles
While Lew Alcindor was on varsity at UCLA, the team would maintain an 88-2 record with Alcindor in the lineup. He set a UCLA record with 56 points in his first ever college game. Alcindor was named the first ever Naismith College Player of the Year in 1969 after being named POY twice. He was also a first team All-American three times, won the national championship and the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament every year he played.
Bill Walton led his 1971-72 UCLA team to a 30-0 record, winning each game by an average of 30 points. Walton would not lose a game for five years stemming from his high school years and in the process, a centerpiece in UCLA’s 88 game win streak.
In Gail’s three years at UCLA, the school would rake up an impressive 78-11 record. Goodrich would contribute to UCLA’s first two National Titles in 1964 and 1965 and would eventually finish as the school’s all time leading scorer.
Sidney playing on three straight NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships from 1969 to 1971. Wicks was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four in 1970, Helms National Co-Player of the Year in 1970, USBWA and Sporting News Player of the Year in 1971 and two-time consensus All-American in both of those seasons. His jersey was retired by the school in 2004.
Walt Hazzard was a main reason the UCLA Bruins went undefeated in the 1963-64 season. The Hazzard/Goodrich backcourt caused fits for opponents all season and would eventually lead to the Bruins’ first National Championship. UCLA would go on to retire Hazzard’s number in 1996, but Hazzard would ultimately give permission to Kevin Love to wear the number.