States That Produce the Greatest College Basketball Players

Some states, such as California, Florida, and Texas, are obvious when it comes to the best NCAA champions. But there other states that are worth an honorable mention due to the quality of talents they produce.


Potential college basketball players come from Pennsylvania. For instance, in 2017, Quade Green, a point guard, scored over 10 per game while in the assist at the Nike EYBL. Then Lonnie Walker, a shooting guard from Pennsylvania, attained a 5-star status quo. Then there is Cameron Reddish, a 6’8” Nike EYBL player who emerged in the top 3 Class of 2018. All eyes were on Reddish during the secondary school season.


Chicago is hard to beat as far as the quality of NCAA basketball players goes. In all of NCAA basketball, Ayo Dosunmu is probably the most exciting champion. During his freshman campaign, he was so influential that most fans anticipated extraordinary achievements in his sophomore season. There were 2 top prospects of ESPN in 2014: Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor, both from Chicago. Also, Jabari Parker, who was by then an incoming Duke freshman, played as Derrick Rose at the same school as Okafor and Parker. Earlier in 2011, Illinois had sent a group of 5 players to the college game: Tracy Abrams, Anthony Davis, Wayne Blackshear, Quincy Miller, and Sam Thompson. In the same year, point guard Ryan Boatright participated in the same class.


The state of Indiana boasts a rich tradition and plenty of talents from high schools. One of the headline makers in the 2017 class was the scoring wing Kris Wilkes and a skilled 6’10” big man Jaren Jackson Jr. Another champion who hit the top 5 players’ list in 2018 is Romeo Langford. The talented scoring guard achieved a state championship, leading the New Albany High School. In his second year in college, Keion Brooks, a small forward, emerged a top priority for several Big Ten programs in 2019.