Which College Basketball Players Made the Most Free Throws?

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The Division I College Basketball Players with the Most Career Free Throws Made

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It takes a lot of concentration to make free throws consistently in college basketball, and only impact players make it to the line often enough to rack up major points totals. In the final seconds of an important game, you’d definitely want these guys stepping up to the free throw line for your team. Get Free College Basketball Picks and College Basketball Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

These are the D-I college basketball players with the most career free throws made. 

1. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina, 982 (2005-09) - Hansbrough has a pretty impressive college basketball resume in addition to his free throws made record. He was the first player in conference history to be named to the first-team All-ACC four times and be a first-team All-American four times. After his college career, Hansbrough moved on to the NBA then played pro ball in China. 

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2. Dickie Hemric, Wake Forest, 905 (1951-55) - Ned Dixon “Dickie” Hemric is one of the old-school throwbacks on our NCAA free throws made list, and he had a pretty iconic college basketball career. He set the ACC record for career rebounds (1,802) and will probably sit atop that statistical category forever. Though Hemric’s NBA career was brief, he won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 1957. His number (24) was retired by Wake Forest. 

3. Pete Maravich, LSU, 893 (1967-70) - Everybody knows “Pistol Pete” Maravich, and it’s not surprising to see his name high on this list. He was arguably the best ball-handler in basketball history and his creative offensive talent is the stuff of legend. Maravich has a million accolades to his credit, including three SEC Player of the Year nods, five NBA All-Stars, and his numbers are retired by LSU, the Pelicans, Jazz and Hawks. 

4. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati, 869 (1957-60) - Robertson is another epic basketball name, and as a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee there’s no arguing his impact on the game. His list of basketball accomplishments reads like a dream scenario, including three consensus first-team All-American nods, three NCAA season scoring leader wins and three first-team All-MVC selections. Robertson was a 12-time NBA All-Star, an NBA MVP in 1964 and he won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971. 

5. Caleb Green, Oral Roberts, 852 (2003-07) - Though Green wasn’t recruited by the larger Oklahoma schools, he went on to a pretty fabulous college basketball career with Oral Roberts. In his junior year, he averaged 20.8 PPG and 8.8 RPG as a dominant force under the basket. After going undrafted in the NBA, Green moved on to play pro ball overseas, winning a EuroCup championship in 2016. 

6. Don Schlundt, Indiana, 826 (1951-55) - As far as Hoosier basketball history goes, you can’t do a whole lot better than Schlundt. He jumped right in as a freshman and had immediate success with Indiana, helping the school to an NCAA championship in 1953. Schlundt was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a consensus first-team All-American in 1954. 

7. Troy Bell, Boston College, 810 (1999-2003) - By the time his college basketball career at Boston College ended, Bell held the record for most points in school history with 2,632; a good chunk of those came from the free throw line. He was a two-time Big East Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-Big East selection and had his number (2) retired by Boston College. Bell went on to a brief NBA stint before moving on to play pro ball overseas. He won a FIBA U21 World Cup gold medal in 2001. 

8. Bill Bradley, Princeton, 791 (1962-65) - Hall-of-Famer Bradley doesn’t really need an introduction, and it’s impossible to sum up his career (both on-court and off) in a few sentences. He was the AP College Player of the Year in 1965, won gold in the Olympics in 1964 and in Universiade in 1965 and went on to two NBA championships. Bradley’s number (24) is retired by the New York Knicks, and he had lengthy career in politics as a US senator. 

9. Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 786 (2015-19) - Daum had to redshirt his freshman year to hone his game, but it helped immensely. He would ultimately bag three Summit League Tournament MVP awards, three Summit League Player of the Year awards and two AP Honorable Mention All-American nods. Daum went unpicked in the NBA draft, but went on to sign with Monbus Obradoiro of the Liga ACB in Spain. 

10. Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown, 771 (1988-92) - Mourning is yet another basketball legend on the free throws made list, and he’s a great way to wrap up our top ten. He led the nation in blocked shots during his freshman year and made All-American in his final season with Georgetown. As Hall-of-Fame NBA professional, Mourning made seven All-Star teams and won a championship with Miami in 2006. His number (33) was retired by the Heat, and he bagged a gold medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.  

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