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Best NBA Player of All Time from Each College (American Athletic)

This is the continuation of my best player ever from each college series and we are doing the American Athletic Conference in this article.


Cincinnati: Oscar Robertson


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The best player ever from Cincy is Oscar Robertson. Oscar is the first player to ever average a triple double for a season and came close a couple times. He is a 1 time MVP and a 12 time all-star. He even won a championship later in his career and was a 6 time assist champ.


Honorable Mentions: Jack Twyman, Nick Van Exel, Lance Stephenson, Kenyon Martin, Tari Eason


University of Houston: Hakeem Olajuwon


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Hakeem is one of the best defenders of all time and he is also a very good offensive player, especially in the post with his famous dream shake. He played almost all of his career in Houston, which is also coincidentally where he went to college, so all the chips landed perfectly for him. He is a 12 time all-star, 1 time MVP, and 2 time DPOY. He is also a 2 time champ and won both FMVPs.


Honorable Mentions: Clyde Drexler, Elvin Hayes, Otis Birdsong


Memphis: Derrick Rose


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Derrick Rose had his career hindered by injuries, but the first half of his career was truly phenomenal, as he became the youngest MVP ever, beating out a prime LeBron to get the award. The 2nd half, after the injuries, was not even bad, as he started reviving his career in New York and starting bouncing around the league, averaging nearly 15 PPG in every season. Along with his MVP, he was also a 3 time all-star.


Honorable Mentions: Penny Hardaway, James Wiseman, Tyreke Evans, Will Barton, Precious Achiuwa


Southern Methodist: Shake Milton


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Not many NBA players have ever went to SMU, so Shake Milton got this one basically handed to him, but that does not mean he is a bad player. He has played his whole career in Philadelphia and had his best season in 2021. He has averaged 9 PPG, 3 RPG and 3 APG through his career so far.


Honorable Mention: Semi Ojeleye


Temple: Eddie Jones


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Eddie Jones is the best player to ever come out of Temple. He started his career on the Lakers and then moved around the league and ended his career in Dallas. He was a 3 time all-star and a 3 time all defensive player. There were not many players that have went to Temple, so this choice was pretty easy.


Honorable Mention: Guy Rodgers


Tulane: Hot Rod Williams


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John Williams aka Hot Rod Williams was the best player to ever go to Tulane. He started his career in Cleveland and played the majority of his career in Cleveland, alongside Mark Price. He had a couple of good seasons in Cleveland, averaging roughly 13 PPG and 7 RPG during his time there.


Tulsa: Jordan Clarkson


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Jordan Clarkson has been one of the best players on the Jazz this season and his play is going a bit unnoticed, because of the play of his teammates, such as Markkanen. But Clarkson has been good for a while and even won 6th man of the year in 2021, so when he was put into the starting lineup, we should have known that his game would have been brought to the next level. He has averaged 16 PPG, 3 RPG, and 3 APG in his career on 44% from the field and 34% from 3.


Honorable Mention: Bingo Smith, Paul Pressey


Wichita State: Fred VanVleet


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VanVleet has played his whole career so far on the Raptors and has been pretty good, even making the all-star game last season and possibly could make it again this season. He also won the championship in 2019 when Kawhi was on the team and he was a big part of their championship run and that year was the start of his breakout.


Honorable Mentions: Xavier McDaniel, Landry Shamet

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