Which NCAA Basketball players were the most dominant players of the past decade? Here are the five that made our All-Decade team.
With the 2010’s soon to be in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look back at the past 10 seasons of NCAA Basketball.
Seven different programs won national championships with only one (Virginia, 2019) going to a first-time champion. Traditional bluebloods showed why they’re in that class – Duke won multiple titles (2010, 2015) and both Kentucky (2012) and North Carolina (2017) won one as well – but this decade was more about programs cementing their place among college basketball’s elite.
UConn won two national championships in a four-year span thanks to a pair of Cinderella runs in 2011 and 2014 that were headlined by Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier, respectively.
Their stretch of dominance was topped later in the decade by Villanova, who won two championships in three years in both iconic (2016 – shoutout Kris Jenkins) and blowout (2018) fashion.
Both are now two of the sport’s signature programs thanks to their accomplishments from the past decade, and both will (rightfully) be back in the same conference in 2020 once UConn officially leaves the American for the Big East.
Great individual players were at the heart of those teams, with Napier and Jalen Brunson serving as the only players of the decade to start on two national championship teams. Brunson’s illustrious career will go down in college basketball lore as one of the best in the sport’s history and earned a nod on the Busting Brackets All-Decade Team over Napier and others.
Which four players join Brunson as the best of the 2010s? Here is our entire first team, starting with the former Villanova guard.