It’s easy to forget that student-athletes, especially the big stars of those student athletes who gain a lot of attention from the NBA and the NFL from the first snap and dribble they take in college uniform, had an actual college life, more or less. Michael Jordan dressed awkwardly, Wilt Chamberlain read books between beginning his 20,000 legacy and Robin & Brook Lopez were always together.
Wilt Chamberlain, Kansas Jayhawks
Chamberlain played only two seasons in College, spending them with the Kansas Jayhawks. He was an All-American in both those years, and won the NCAA Tournament most outstanding player award in 1957 despite losing in the final to North Carolina, who used an entire game triple team to beat the Jayhawks. He averaged 29.9 points and 18.3 rebounds per game.
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh Panthers
The 1976 Heisman trophy winner, Dorsett played at running back for four years in Pittsburgh, being named an All-American three times, compiling 6488 yards and scoring 59 rushing touchdowns before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga Bulldogs
A huge draft bust, Morrison was a big star for Gonzaga during his three years in the Northwest, exploding during his Junior year, averaging 28.1 points per game. He was an All-American in 2006, also winning most of the national player of the year awards.
Joe Thomas, Wisconsin Badgers
The Pro Bowl offensive tackle played all four seasons in Madison for the Badgers, being named a unanimous All-American in his Senior year, winning the Outland Trophy and Jim Parker Trophy that year.
Michael Jordan, North Carolina Tar Heels
The greatest basketball player of all time spent three years in college, playing for Dean Smith at North Carolina. Jordan hit the game winning jump shot of the 1982 national championship game and went on to be a two time Consensus first team All-American and winning the player of the year awards for 1984. He averaged 17.7 points and 5 rebounds per game over the three years.
Joakim Noah, Florida Gators
Noah won two national titles while in Florida, playing for Billy Donovan. In his three seasons with the Gators, he averaged 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game, earning one All-American mention (second team) and being named the NCAA tournament’s best player in 2006.
Robin & Brook Lopez, Stanford Cardinal
Just like in the NBA (where they aren’t teammates), Brook was always the better player of the twins. During his two years with Stanford, Brook averaged 16 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, making one All-American third team selection. Robin, who was taken five spots after Brook in the draft, averaged 9 points and 5.6 rebounds.