What School Would Have The Greatest Starting Five of All Time?
University of Kansas
Manning led Kansas to the 1988 NCAA title as a senior, leaving Kansas as the all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He was also the all-time leading scorer in Big Eight Conference history with 2,951 points. He would go on to win the Naismith, Wooden, and Eastman Awards as the college player of the year in 1988.
Wilt the Stilt would be a dominant force at KU. Prompting several rule changes at the college level to make the game more fair for opponents including widening the lane and changing the free throw rules so players were not allowed to dunk from the free throw line. In just two seasons at Kansas, Wilt would average just under 30 points and 20 rebounds a game.
While at the University of Kansas, Lovellette led Jayhawks to the 1952 NCAA title, grabbing MVP honors and scoring a then-NCAA-record of 141 points in the tournament. A two-time, first-team, All-American at Kansas, Lovellette led the Big Seven. Averaging 28.4 ppg a game, he is the only college player to lead the nation in scoring and win the NCAA title in the same year.
Although undrafted in the 2010 election, Collins had a decorated career as a Jayhawk. Setting the record for most consecutive free throws made his junior year and was a unanimous selection to the 2008–09 Big 12 All-conference First Team.
Valentine had a brilliant career at Kansas, becoming the first player in Big Eight history to be selected first-team all-conference four times. He led the Jayhawks to the 1978 Big Eight title as a freshman and was ultimately selected to the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball team. He finished his career as the second highest scorer in Kansas history behind Clyde Lovelette. Valentine wasn’t all brawn and no brain, he was selected as a three time academic All-American and his KU jersey number was retired in 2005.