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, when 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.