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Which HBCUs Have Produced The Most NBA Champions

Historically Black colleges are making significant contributions in producing NBA players who have become NBA champions or who have even made the NBA Finals.

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Fadeaway World conducted some research from Basketball Reference and found some interesting facts.

When it comes to HBCU programs ranked amongst all colleges pertaining to producing NBA champions, Grambling State University is the highest at No. 61 with three players, while Tennessee State University and Texas Southern University are tied at No. 82 with two each.

When it comes to HBCU programs ranked amongst all colleges regarding producing NBA championship rings overall, North Carolina Central at No. 21 with 10, Grambling State at No. 73 with four and Tennessee State at No. 87 with three are the highest-ranked HBCUs.

Overall, 17 HBCUs made the men’s basketball list: Alabama A&M, Albany State, Coppin State, Dillard, Florida A&M, Grambling State, Hampton, Howard, Jackson State, Norfolk State, North Carolina Central, Southern University and A&M College, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Virginia Union, West Virginia State and Winston-Salem State.

Chris Paul, an NBA all-star point guard who now plays for the Golden State Warriors, recently shed light on HBCUs when he graduated last year from Winston-Salem State University.

And his decision to go back to school while he is still professionally playing the game places more of an emphasis on NBA players who played at HBCUs.

The following NBA players attended HBCUs: Darrel Armstrong (Fayetteville State University 1988-1991), Dick Barnett (Tennessee State 1970-1973), Zelmo Beaty (Prairie View A&M University), Robert Covington (Tennessee State), Bob Dandridge (Norfolk State), Travis Grant (Kentucky State), Devin Green (Hampton), Cleo Hill (Winston-Salem State), Avery Johnson (Southern University and A&M College), Sam Jones (North Carolina Central), Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State), Rick Mahorn (Hampton), Anthony Mason (Tennessee State), Earl Monroe (Winston Salem), Charles Oakley (Virginia Union), Willis Reed (Grambling) and Ben Wallace (Virginia Union), among others.

The universities that produced the most players who have won one or more NBA championships are UCLA, Kentucky and UNC.

The Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Indiana Pacers are predicted to win NBA championships based on where the players competed in college.


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