NBA stars when they were in college

Before they became rich and famous, NBA stars both past and present played in the NCAA tournament. Here's a look at NBA greats as young college players.


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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan #23 of the University of North Carolina during a game in February, 1984. (Photo by Jerry Wachter/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Charles Barkley

University of Auburn's Center Charles Barkley #34 shakes hands with a reporter following a circa 1980s game. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson #33 of the Michigan State University Spartans shoots against the University of Kentucky Wildcats during an NCAA college basketball tournament playoff game played at the University of Dayton in March 1978 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Larry Bird

Indiana State player Larry Bird shown in action against the Oklahoma Sooners in NCAA tournament. March 15, 1979. Indiana won. (AP Photo / Brian Horton).

Isiah Thomas

Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing, #33 center of the Georgetown University Hoyas men's basketball team stands on the court during a game at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Georgetown University/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Cougars takes a shot against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on November 19, 1983 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

David Robinson

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson of the UNLV Rebels walks on the court in 1991. (Photo by Stephen Wade/Getty Images)

Reggie Miller

Alonzo Mourning

Alonzo Mourning #33 of the Georgetown Hoyas posts up against St. John's Red Men circa 1989 at Madison Square Garden in New York City . NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1989 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson #3 of the Georgetown Hoyas goes to the basket during a basketbal at Capital Centre on December 10, 1994 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal #33 of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks on during a NCAA game in 1992 at Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Getty Images)

Steve Nash

Steve Nash of Santa Clara University dribbles up court during a loss at San Jose Arena in San Jose, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT

Richard Hamilton

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan #21 of the the Wake Forest Demon Deacons calls out for the ball against the Florida State University Seminoles at Lawrence Joel Veterans Colliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Wake Forrest/Collegiate Images/ Getty Images)

Lew Alcindor

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, then known as Lew Alcindor, of the UCLA Bruins in action shooting over a defender during an NCAA basketball game circa 1968. Alcindor played for the UCLA from 1965-69. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Bill Walton

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats pulls in the rebound at the Shoemaker Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Cincinnati/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Julius Erving

Julius Erving #32 of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman goes up for the slam dunk at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts circa 1969-71. (Photo by Massachusetts/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Bill Russell

Bill Russell #6 center of the San Franisco University Dons men's basketball team celebrates with fans. (Photo by San Fransisco/Collegiate Images/Getty Images)

Wilt Chamberlain

Pete Maravich

LSU's Pete Maravich #23 dribbles the ball upcourt. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Syracuse Orangemen celebrates their 76-65 win over the Manhattan Jaspers during the first round of the NCAA Championship on March 21, 2003 at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Chris Paul

Wake Forest's Chris Paul (3) drives on West Virginia's Mike Gansey (20) during the second half in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday, March 19, 2005, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Jeff Glidden)

Dwyane Wade

Marquette's Dwyane Wade (3) puts up a shot in front of Appalachian State's Chris McFarland (32) in the first half Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose

UCLA's Russell Westbrook (0) attempts to pass against Memphis' Derrick Rose during first half action in an NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Final Four semi-final game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, April 5, 2008. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

Kevin Durant

Texas Longhorn (35) Kevin Durant in the game against the Texas Southern Tigers at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on November 28, 2006. The Longhorns defeated the Tigers 90 to 40. (Photo by Jim Redman/WireImage)

Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin #23 of the Oklahoma Sooners jumps to the net for a lay up against the Michigan Wolverines during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 21, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Sooners defeated the Wolverines 73-63. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)