Annual NBA to NCAA Player Comparison

Each year I welcome football-first fans back to the wonderful world of college basketball once their season is over.  If you qualify, I joke that you haven’t watched college basketball since the 1990s.  Last year, I compared NCAA players to the 1992 NBA Roster.  This year I see similarities between the 2002 NBA Finals and some current NCAA players.  See below and enjoy!
Nets Spurs

2002 NBA Finals 2015 NCAA Comparison School
NETS Richard Jefferson Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Arizona
Reason A Wilcat, part-Jefferson, extremely athletic and developing a jump shot
Keith Van Horn Sam Dekker Wisconsin
Oversized small forward, scorer, perhaps less aggressive than coach would like
Kerry Kittles Rayvonte Rice Illinois
Thrives in transition scoring, mostly below-the-rim, great shooter
Jason Kidd Fred VanVleet Wichita State
Smooth distributor, deceptive scorer, clutch
Kenyon Martin Montrezl Harrell Louisville
Strong, plays angry, rebounds, defends
Brandon Armstrong Chasson Randle Stanford
Pass first point guard who can drop 20 points if you need
Brian Scalabrine Jake “The Snake” Kurtz Florida
Hard-woker, forward who can stretch the floor yet do the dirty work
LAKERS Rick Fox J.J. O’Brien San Diego State
Quintessential “glue guy,” fills up a stat sheet, rebounding small forward
Derek Fisher Will Cummings Temple University
Experienced, heady point guard who can score as shot clock winds down
Shaquille O’Neal Isaac Haas Purdue
Huge, sometimes a double-team just won’t get it done
Kobe Bryant Michael Qualls Arkansas
The best athlete on the floor at shooting guard, above the rim, scorer
Robert Horry Justin Anderson Virginia
A defense-first power forward who can hit the 3 pointer
Mitch Richmond Caris LeVert Michigan
A shooting guard who gets his shot off best off-the-ball, but can break down defender
Mark Madson Adam Woodbury Iowa
Not a scoring option at center, but a strong guy who can get you rebounds and assists

 

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