Which College Basketball Players Have the Most Blocks?

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The Division I College Basketball Players with the Most Career Blocks

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It takes a lot of talent, concentration and explosive power to consistently rack up blocks in the top ranks of college basketball. When a strong defensive player is protecting the basket with a string of rejections during a game—not to mention a season or career—it’s quite an impressive sight to behold. 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 blocks. 

1. Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State, 564 (2006-10) - We’ll kick off our NCAA career blocks list with Varnado, who was in some famous company as he was breaking SEC records during his college career. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the year in three straight years—the first person ever to accomplish that feat. Varnado broke the legendary Shaquille O’Neal’s SEC blocks record before moving on to a lengthy professional career in the NBA and Europe. 

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2. Wojciech Myrda, Louisiana-Monroe, 535 (1998-2002) - Standing at 7 ft 2 in, Myrda was built for blocks, and briefly set the NCAA Division I record, holding it until Varnado’s late college career. Myrda set a single-game school record with 13 blocks in January of 2002. He would go on to play for a few years in Europe but was hampered by injuries for most of that time. 

3. Adonal Foyle, Colgate, 492 (1994-97) - Foyle was a pretty well-rounded player in college, and he translated that to a pretty lengthy NBA stint from 1997-2010. While he was with Colgate, Foyle became the school’s all-time leading rebounder and was second all-time in scoring. During his professional career, Foyle racked up 2,989 points, 3,461 rebounds and 1,193 blocks. 

4. Tim Duncan, Wake Forest, 481 (1993-97) - There are two NBA legends on the college basketball career blocks list, and Duncan is one of them. Although his first year at Wake Forest started out pretty choppy, Duncan got the hang of it quickly and eventually became a three-time NABC Defensive Player of the year. We could spend hours listing Duncan’s career accomplishments in college and the NBA; as a pro he won five NBA championships, two MVP awards and was a 15-time All-Star. 

5. William Mosley, Northwestern State, 456 (2008-12) - Mosley jumped into the college statistical fray quickly, and he was ranked fourth nationally in rebounds per game and second in blocks per game among freshmen. His statistical averages continued to climb for the rest of his college career and led to a professional stint in Italy, where he led the Italian Second Division in blocks and rebounds in 2015. 

6. Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown, 453 (1998-92) - Here’s the other NBA legend we were referring to on this NCAA career blocks list. Mourning led the nation in blocked shots during his freshman year at Georgetown and was an All-American during his last season with the Hoyas. As a professional, Mourning’s career accomplishments are Hall-of-Fame worthy; he won an NBA championship in 2006, was a seven-time All-Star and a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. He also won gold medals in the Summer Olympics and the FIBA World Championships. 

7. Tarvis Williams, Hampton, 452 (1997-2001) - Across his 114 career college basketball games, Williams averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. He led the country in blocks per game average as a sophomore with 5.00, and did it again as a senior at 4.59. After going undrafted in the NBA, Williams went overseas to play professionally, putting in time with 11 different teams in seven countries. 

8. Ken Johnson, Ohio State, 444 (1997-2001) - The 6 ft 11 in, 240-pound Johnson was an intimidating presence on the basketball court, and his talents helped him lead the NCAA in blocks during the 1999-2000 season. Johnson played a few games for the Miami Heat in the NBA, but otherwise spent time with the CBA, NBDL, and in other countries such as France, Italy, Germany, Estonia and Spain professionally. 

9. Shawn James, Northwestern/Duquesne, 443 (2004-08) - James was only recruited by two Division I schools coming into college (St. Francis and Northeastern), and the Huskies won out. He broke the school’s season blocks record in 2004-05 with 136, and was second in the nation with that stat. James didn’t make the NBA but went on to have a solid career in the Israeli League and EuroLeague—where he won a championship in 2014. 

10. Deng Gai, Fairfield, 442 (2001-05) - We’ll finish off the college basketball career blocks list with Gai, who was a three-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and helped Fairfield to the MAAC semifinals in 2005. He signed with the 76ers in 2005 but only played in two NBA games. Gai would go on to spend time in both the ABA and USBL. 

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