College basketball’s scoring leaders include players from a number of different eras, decades, and programs. Some made the list even without the three-point line.
Detroit Mercy star Antoine Davis is the latest player to find a spot in the top 5. However, everyone is tracking LSU legend Pete Maravich on the all-time roster.
Here are the all-time scoring leaders in DI men’s college basketball from the official NCAA record book:
Professional college basketball scoring leaders
12. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati: 2,973 points (1957-58 to 1959-60)
“The Big O” averaged 35.1, 32.6, and 33.7 points in his three seasons. After helping the Bearcats go 25-3 in his first season, Cincinnati finished third in the NCAA Tournament each of 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. After Robertson left Cincinnati, the Bearcats won back-to-back national titles and lost in the title game where they had a triple win.
11. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley: 3,008 points (1984-85 to 1987-88)
Hawkins averaged 14.6 and 18.7 points before dramatically raising his scoring averages to 27.2 and 36.3 per game at Bradley.
In the 1988 NCAA Tournament against Auburn in the #8 vs. #9 game, Hawkins made 15 of 25 shots (and 6 of 8 3-point attempts) to score 44 points in the 90-86 loss.
10. Kedren Clarke, St. Peter’s: 3,058 points (2002-2003 to 2005-2006).
Despite being only 5 feet 11 inches tall, Clark led the NCAA in scoring twice (2003-04 and 2004-05).
He averaged between 24.9 and 26.3 points per game in his four seasons, and nearly lifted the Peacock to the NCAA Tournament his senior year. St. Peter’s lost to Iowa in the MAAC Tournament title game.
9. Harry Kelly, Texas Southern: 3,066 points (1979-80 to 1982-83)
Kelly averaged 30 points a game in three different seasons (29.0 in 1979-80, 29.7 in 1981-82 and 28.8 in 1982-83).
“Machine Gun” Kelly was a two-time Southwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
8. Mike Daum, South Dakota State: 3,067 points (2015-16 to 2018-19)
Daum moved ahead of Robertson to join the top 10 and become the newest member of the 3,000-point club after he scored 25 against rival South Dakota on February 23. With 25 points in the College Basketball Finals NIT first round loss to Texas, he finished one point ahead of Kelly on the all-time list.
Dom was a consistent star for South Dakota State. He averaged at least 23 points per game three straight seasons and averaged a double-double for the second straight season.
7. Doug McDermott, Creighton: 3,150 points (2010-11 to 2013-14)
While playing for his father Greg, McDermott improved his scoring average each season, topping out at 26.7 his senior year. Against Providence on March 8, 2014, McDermott scored 45 points. He then followed up that game with 35 points against DePaul and 32 points against Xavier. He also had 30 points as the third-ranked Blue Jays beat Louisiana 76-66 in the NCAA championship.
6. Alphonso Ford, Mississippi Valley State: 165 3 points (1989-90 to 1992-93)
He was a consistent star of the Delta Devils in his four seasons, averaging 29.9, 32.7, 27.5 and 26.0 points over his four seasons. Ford became the first player in NCAA Division I history to average at least 25 points per game in four consecutive seasons.
5. Lionel Simmons, La Salle: 3,217 points (1986-87 to 1989-90)
Simmons won a Naismith Award and a Wooden Award in his senior season. With Simmons averaging 26.5 points per game (and a double-double for the third straight season), the Explorers only had one loss in the NCAA tournament.
La Salle was awarded the No. 4 seed. In a 79-63 win against Southern Miss, Simmons scored 32 points. Then La Salle blew a 16-point halftime lead against No. 5 Clemson in a 79-75 loss 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 Clemons finished his college career with a 32-point performance against UNC in a first-round NIT loss. This total moved him past Simmons.
Clemons closed out the 2018-19 season with an average of 30.1 points per game. He led the nation with 24.9 points per contest in 2017-18 after averaging 25.1 as a sophomore in 2016-17. The guard’s five 40-point games, including a season-high 48 on February 13, 2019, put him above Danny Manning and Robertson on the list.
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3. Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy: 3,232 points (2018-19-present)*
* Until January 14th
Davis averaged 26.1, 24.3, 24 and 23.9 over his first four seasons, climbing the all-time list. In 2022-23, it just kept rolling. Against Robert Morris on January 14, Davis made 11 three-pointers to break the record for career three-pointers. He finished the game with 41 points – his fifth career 40-point total. Earlier in the season, he reached 3,000 career points against Charlotte on December 10.
2. Freeman Williams, Portland State: 3,249 points (1974-75 to 1977-78)
Williams averaged better than 30 points per game in each of his last three years, reaching 38.8 points as a junior.
After scoring 35.9 points per game, Williams was ranked eighth overall by the Boston Celtics.
1. Pete Maravich, LSU: 3,667 points (1967-68 to 1969-70)
“Pistol Pete” stands alone. His points total is more than 400 points more than Williams. He averaged at least 43 points per game in his three seasons on the varsity team. What makes his point total even more ridiculous is that he had to play on a freshman team his first year at LSU, there was no shot clock and no 3-point streak.
Although LSU never made the NCAA Tournament with Maravich, the Tigers were 3-23 before he played for the university. His senior year, LSU finished 22-10.
Here’s how Maravich’s stats break down per season:
- 1967-68: 43.8 points per game
- 1968-69: 44.2 ppg
- 1969-70: 44.5 ppg
Maravich scored over 60 points in four games, even scoring 69 against Alabama on February 7, 1970. It is the second-highest mark in NCAA history.
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