One would think it would be easier than ever for a player to crack into the Big 4’s all-time career scoring list. That hasn’t been the case even though:
• Freshman are allowed to suit up from the get-go, which wasn’t always the way.
• Teams get more games nowadays. UB played 33 times last year in going to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Bona played 28 games in 1969-70, the year it went to the Final Four.
• The three-point shot affords long-range marksmen opportunity to pile up the points in a hurry.
Despite modern-day advantages, only four players have entered the Big 4’s all-time top 10 in the last 30 years, and none higher than No. 4. Calvin Murphy still sits upon the throne, and comfortably so, despite his mere 77 appearances in a Niagara uniform. His numbers astound.
Even more astounding, LSU guard Pete Maravich, who like Murphy played through the 1969-70 season, remains the college game’s all-time leader with 3,667 points. He averaged 44.2 in 83 career games. Give Maravich or Murphy the luxuries of the three-point shot and freshman eligibility and their numbers move light years away.
Few threats to the status quo exist. Bona guard Jaylen Adams, a sophomore, has 621 career points and projects to the 800 range by season’s end pending the extent of Bona’s postseason run. He would need to average better than 18 points a game the remainder of his career to enter the conversation. Even then, only the ninth or 10th spot project within reach.