Which College Basketball Players Scored the Most Points?

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The College Basketball Players with the Most Career Points

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In the modern era of “one-and-done” Division I college basketball players, many of the best talents skip out for the professional ranks before we really get a chance to see what they can do on a college court. That said, over the years we’ve gotten to see a few perennial gems in D-I college basketball, and some of the best players have racked up very impressive points totals during their careers. Get Free College Basketball Picks and College Basketball Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

These are the Division I college basketball players with the most career points. 

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1. Pete Maravich, Louisiana State, 3,667 (1968-70) - “Pistol Pete” Maravich is one of the most recognizable names in the college and professional basketball ranks. Playing for his father Press Maravich at LSU, Pete racked up some phenomenally impressive on-court accomplishments during his college career, all of them coming before the addition of the three-point line and shot clock. Even more amazing is that Maravich posted all his points in just three years (he was not able to play varsity as a freshman due to NCAA rules at the time). Maravich was a three-time SEC Player of the Year and two-time college national player of the year. 

2. Freeman Williams, Portland State, 3,249 (1975-78) - Prior to a lengthy professional career that stretched from 1978-1993 (initially drafted No. 8 overall), Williams was a force for Portland State in the mid-to-late ‘70s. A consensus second team All-American in 1978, Williams was also the NCAA Division I national men’s basketball individual scoring leader in both 1977 and 1978. 

3. Chris Clemons, Campbell, 3,225 (2016-19) - Clemons started out his college basketball career with a bang, averaging 18.5 points as a freshman at Campbell. That performance earned him a nod as the Big South Freshman of the Year. The accolades continued to pour in for Clemons as the college years went on, and he led NCAA Division I in scoring with 30.1 points per game in his senior season. 

4. Lionel Simmons, La Salle, 3,217 (1987-90) - Affectionately nicknamed “L-Train,” Simmons is the first player in NCAA basketball history to put up more than 3,000 points and more than 1,100 rebounds. With Simmons on the team, La Salle made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, and he was the National college player of the year in 1990. 

5. Alphonso Ford, Mississippi Valley State, 3,165 (1990-93) - Ford had an awesome mix of speed and power during his basketball days, and that helped him to great scoring success in college. Following a brief NBA stint, Ford relocated to the EuroLeague, where he was the Top Scorer in both 2001 and 2002. His numbers (9 and 10) were retired by Papagou and Peristeri (Greek professional teams), respectively. 

6. Doug McDermott, Creighton, 3,150 (2011-14) - McDermott jumped right into the fray as a freshman at Creighton, averaging 14.9 PPG, 7.2 RPG and starting all 39 games for the Bluejays. He was the Consensus National College Player of the Year and the NCAA season scoring leader in 2014. McDermott then went on to join the NBA ranks after getting selected 11th overall in the first round by the Denver Nuggets (and getting traded to the Bulls on draft night). 

7. Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 3,067 (2016-19) - Daum sat his first year as a redshirt so he could hone his game, and despite coming off the bench for SDSU during the 2015-16 season he still averaged 15.2 PPG and 6.2 RPG. He was first-team all-conference that year and won the Summit League’s Sixth Man of the Year award. Daum blew up as a sophomore, and once his college basketball career was through he’d won three Summit League Tournament MVPs, four First-team All-Summit League selections and was a Third-team All-American in 2019. 

8. Harry Kelly, Texas Southern, 3,066 (1980-83) - Harry “Machine Gun” Kelly sits in sixth place on our career college basketball points list, and he averaged 27.9 PPG during his tenure. He was a two-time NCAA season scoring leader and a three-time SWAC Player of the Year, but couldn’t get anything going as a professional after getting cut by the Atlanta Hawks prior to the 1983 season. 

9. Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s, 3,058 (2003-06) - Clark had a pretty remarkable college basketball career despite not seeing much recruitment out of high school. He proved himself with Saint Peter’s however, averaging 25.9 PPG and nailing 435 three-pointers during his D-I days (which was briefly a record). Clark went on to a lengthy professional career overseas, playing in Europe from 2006-2018. 

10. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley, 3,008 (1985-88) - As the shooting guard at Bradley, Hawkins started all 125 games the Braves played during his four college seasons. He posted 27.2 PPG in the 1986-87 season, then followed that up with a very impressive 36.3 PPG in 1987-88. Hawkins won a (somewhat disappointing) bronze medal with the national basketball team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics before going on to a solid NBA career from 1988 to 2001. Hawkins even made the NBA All-Star team in 1991.

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