Michael Jordan isn’t the college basketball GOAT. Breanna Stewart is.
ESPN made a 64-person “Best College Basketball Player of All Time” bracket to pass the time during the suspension of all major sports leagues as Covid-19 continues to spread globally. It was a fun idea, and included both men’s and women’s players who were, for the most part, properly placed on the bracket. Breanna Stewart, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Christian Laettner and Bill Walton were No. 1 seeds. But Michael Jordan won. This isn’t right.
Jordan isn’t the best college basketball player of all-time. He isn’t the best men’s college basketball player of all-time. He wasn’t even the best player at UNC the only year he won the NCAA tournament — James Worthy was.
Jordan’s college career doesn’t measure up to what legend Breanna Stewart did at UConn. Yet Stewart fell in the bracket to Allen Iverson. The winner for the bracket was determined by fan votes on Twitter, and that’s the first problem.
Jordan won just one NCAA championship and one player of the year award, paling in comparison to Stewart’s four championships and three player of the year awards. Jordan was a very good college player, but he was not the GOAT because of what he did at UNC. This is not a hot take, folks.
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