Career scoring leaders in college basketball include players from different eras, decades and programs. Some were on the list even without the 3-point line.
Detroit Mercy star Antoine Davis is the latest player to break into the top five. But on everyone’s all-time list he overtakes LSU legend Pete Maravich.
Below are the all-time scoring leaders in DI men’s college basketball as listed in the official NCAA record books.
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12. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati: 2,973 points (1957-58 to 1959-60)
“The Big O” averaged 35.1, 32.6 and 33.7 points over his three seasons. After helping the Bearcats to his 25-3 record in his first season, Cincinnati finished his third in the NCAA Tournament the next two years.
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Robertson finished his time in Cincinnati as the all-time leading scorer until Maravich beat him in 1970.
11. Hershey Hawkins, Bradley: 3,008 points (1984-85 to 1987-88)
After averaging 14.6 and 18.7 points, Hawkins significantly improved his points-per-game averages with Bradley to 27.2 and 36.3.
In an 8-9 matchup against Auburn in the 1988 NCAA Tournament, Hawkins made 15 of 25 shots (and 6 of 8 3-point attempts) and finished with 44 points in a 90–86 loss. won.
10. Keedren Clarke, St. Peters: 3,058 points (2002-03 to 2005-06)
Despite being only 5 feet 11 inches tall, Clark led the NCAA in scoring twice (2003-04 and 2004-05).
He averaged 24.9 to 26.3 points per game over four seasons and nearly moved the Peacocks to the NCAA tournament sophomore year. St. Peters lost to Iowa in the MAAC tournament title game.
9. Harry Carey, Texas Southern: 3,066 points (1979-80 to 1982-83)
Kelly averaged around 30 points per game in three different seasons (29.0 in 1979-80, 29.7 in 1981-82, and 28.8 in 1982-83).
“Machine Gun” Kelly is a two-time Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
8. Mike Doum, South Dakota: 3,067 points (2015-16 to 2018-19)
Daum passed Robertson into the top 10 and became the newest member of the 3,000-point club on February 23, scoring 25 points against rivals South Dakota. , he surpassed Kerry by one point on the all-time list.
Daum has been a consistent star in South Dakota. He averaged 23 or more points per game for the third straight season, and averaged a double-double for the second straight season.
7. Doug McDermott, Clayton: 3,150 points (2010-11 to 2013-14)
While playing under his father Greg, McDermott improved his scoring average season after season, posting a 26.7 in his senior year. On March 8, 2014 against Providence, McDermott scored his 45 points. He then followed up that game where he scored 35 points against DePaul and 32 against Xavier. He also scored a total of 30 points as the third-seeded Blue Jays beat Louisiana in his NCAA Tournament, 76–66.
6. Alfonso Ford, Mississippi Valley: 3,165 (1989-90 to 1992-93)
The Delta Devils star has been consistent in his four seasons, averaging 29.9, 32.7, 27.5, and 26.0 points over the four seasons. Ford became the first player in NCAA Division I history to average 25 or more points per game in four straight seasons.
5. Lionel Simmons, LaSalle: 3,217 points (1986-87 to 1989-90)
Simmons won the Naismith Award and the Wood Award in his senior season. Simmons averaged his 26.5 points per game (and he doubled-double for the third straight season), so the Explorers had only one loss going into the NCAA Tournament.
LaSalle earned the No. 4 seed. Simmons scored his 32 points in his 79–63 victory over Southern’s mistake. LaSalle then blew by 16 points at halftime to take the lead in a 79–75 loss to fifth-placed Clemson in the second round. Simmons Still scored 28 points.
4. Chris Clemons, Campbell: 3,225 points (2015-16 to 2018-19)
The 5-foot-9 Clemmons capped off his collegiate career with a 32-point performance against UNCG in the first-round NIT loss. That total put him past Simmons.
Clemmons finished the 2018-19 season averaging 30.1 points per game. After averaging 25.1 points as his sophomore in 2016-17, in 2017-18 he led the nation with 24.9 points per contest. The guard had five career 40-point his games, including his season-high 48-point blowout on February 13, 2019, surpassing Danny Manning and Robertson on the list.
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3. Freeman Williams, Portland: 3,249 points (1974-75 to 1977-78)
Williams has averaged over 30 points per game over the last three years, reaching 38.8 as a junior.
After scoring 35.9 points per game as a senior, Williams was drafted eighth overall by the Boston Celtics.
2. Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy: 3,274 points (2018-19 to present)*
*Until January 21
Davis overtook Williams for second place after scoring 42 points against IUPUI on January 21. He averaged 26.1, 24.3, 24, 23.9 in his first four his seasons, putting him on the all-time list. The 2022-23 season will keep him rolling. Against Robert Morris on January 14, Davis made his 3-pointers on 11, breaking his career 3-second record. He scored 41 points in the game. Early in the season, he reached his 3,000 career points in his December 10 game against Charlotte.
1. Pete Maravich, LSU: 3,667 points (1967-68 to 1969-70)
“Pistol Pete” appears alone. His total puts him over 400 more points than Williams. He averaged over 43 points per game in his three seasons with the national team. What makes his scoring totals even more ridiculous is that he had to play for his freshman team in his first year at LSU. On the shot clock he had 3 points and he had no line.
LSU never made it to the NCAA Tournament with Maravich, but the Tigers were 3-23 the year before he played on the varsity team. Finished.
Here’s how Maravich’s stats break down by season.
- 1967-68: 43.8 points per game
- 1968-69: 44.2ppg
- 1969-70: 44.5ppg
Maravich scored 60 or more in four games, including 69 on February 7, 1970 against Alabama. This is his second highest score in NCAA DI history.
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