Which College Basketball Players Have the Most Steals?

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The Division I College Basketball Players with the Most Career Steals

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Steals are a pretty underrated college basketball statistic. A player who excels at creating turnovers is both quick and opportunistic, and at the top levels of competition it seems like the most gifted players have a sixth sense when it comes to locating the ball for a steal. 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 steals. 

1. John Linehan, Providence, 385 (1997-2002) - NCAA Division I’s all-time career steals leader is Linehan with 385. His nose for the ball helped him to a Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Big East honors in his last two college seasons. Linehan wasn’t drafted into the NBA when he got out of school but did spend some time in the development league before moving on to a solid career in Europe. He won the French League Best Defender award three times as a pro. 

2. Eric Murdock, Providence, 376 (1987-91) - The NCAA career steals record has been safe in Providence for quite some time, and that all started out with Murdock, who earned the name “the Man of Steal” for his talents. He held several school records by the time he graduated, and went on to a solid career in the NBA. Murdock’s best pro season came with the Bucks in 1993-94, when he averaged 15.3 PPG. 

3. Briante Weber, VCU, 374 (2011-15) - During his college playing days, Weber was a force in the Atlantic 10, winning Defensive Player of the Year in the conference for three consecutive seasons. Weber had a legitimate shot at taking the all-time steals title, but unfortunately he tore his ACL and MCL in late January of 2015, ending his college career. He’d go on to play professionally in the NBA and overseas, however. 

4. Pepe Sanchez, Temple, 365 (1996-2000) - Sanchez is notable for being the first Argentine to play in the NBA, where he lasted for two seasons following his college career at Temple. After that, Sanchez went on to a nice basketball stint in Europe and with the Argentine national team, winning seven total medals in Olympic and FIBA competition. 

5. Cookie Belcher, Nebraska, 353 (1996-2001) - Segado Cortez Belcher, affectionately known as “Cookie,” is an accomplished figure in Nebraska basketball lore. He led the Big 12 Conference in steals during multiple years, but had his 1999-2000 campaign cut short by injury after just four games. Following his college career, Belcher went on to play professionally in Italy, Israel and Greece. 

6. Kevin Braswell, Georgetown, 349 (1998-2002) - During his time with Georgetown, Braswell made quite a mark on the school’s record books. By the time his senior year was over, he’d ranked seventh all-time in points, and was the school’s leader in career assists (697) and steals (349). Braswell’s professional playing career lasted from 2002 to 2016; he played for a host of different teams in several countries before moving into coaching. 

7. Bonzi Wells, Ball State, 347 (1994-98) - Wells had success immediately after joining Ball State, winning Mid-American Conference Freshman Player of the Year in his first season. In February of 1998 he broke the conference record of 2,377 points and led the MAC in steals during each of his four years. Wells would go on to a 10-year NBA career and a couple of seasons in China and Puerto Rico. 

8. Obie Trotter, Alabama A&M, 346 (2002-06) - Trotter played in 114 career games with Alabama A&M and led the squad in scoring during each of his final there seasons. He led the NCAA in steals during the 2004-05 season and was a three-time First Team All-Conference player. Trotter was also SWAC Player of the Year in 2005 and went on to have a lengthy professional career in Europe. 

9. Gerald Walker, San Francisco, 344 (1992-96) - Walker is a member of the San Francisco Dons Hall of Fame, and he’s pretty high up there on the school’s all-time record lists. His accolades include third place in school history with 400 assists and the seventh-most career points. Walker put in some time professionally in Iran, helping his team to win a league championship in 2004. 

9. Johnny Rhodes, Maryland, 344 (1992-1996) - Rhodes had a pretty solid college basketball career with Maryland, and he finishes up our NCAA all-time steals list. He was a two-time All-ACC player and made the ACC All-Freshman squad as well. Rhodes averaged 14.3 PPG and 3.6 assists per game during his college stay. 

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