Butch Lee (Marquette, 1974-1978): The on-court star of Marquette’s ’77 championship was (until the arrival of Carmelo Anthony) typically thought of as the best Puerto Rican hoopster of all time. He honestly had a cool name, mainly since his career ambition was to become a professional ballplayer. I can’t imagine meeting a person named “Butch Lee” and saying to myself, “I bet this dude is a terrible athlete.”
Phillip Hutcheson and John Pierce (Lipscomb, 1986-1990 and 1990-1994): This is just weird. Hutcheson scored 4,106 points in his career for the Bison, which at the time of his graduation, was the most by any player at any level (back then, Lipscomb was still an NAIA program).
He was then moved from the top by Pierce, who somehow finished his career with 4,230. So, the two biggest scorers in college history just happened to play at the same little school, in immediate succession, for no real reason.
Glenn Robinson (Purdue, 1991-1994): Robinson hailed from Gary, Indiana, a city so tough you can get offed just by making a joke about it. During the offseason, he, and this is the truth, worked as a welder. During the real season, he swallowed his opponents alive. The best Big 10 player of the 1990s.
Dereck Whittenburg (North Carolina State, 1980-1983): Our historical record state that Whittenburg was the 3rd or 4th best player on State’s ’83 championship roster. Thurl Bailey, Sidney Lowe, and Lorenzo Charles all had better post-college playing careers.
Jimmer Fredette (BYU, 2007-2011): As a senior, Jimmer took 765 shots. That’s about 235 less than he should have.
Wayman Tisdale (Oklahoma, 1982-1985): The only smooth jazz bassist who was ever a three-time All-American. Unstoppable on the block, and seemingly always in a good mood. He died from cancer in 2009. Sad.