From the beginning of the decade, when Anthony Davis powered Kentucky to a national title, to the end, when Duke's Zion Williamson provided a spectacular highlight reel, college basketball has entertained fans with a wide array of game-changing athletes.
Several college stars lifted their teams to memorable March Madness moments. And while the one-and-done era only gives us a short season with future NBA superstars, their imprint still becomes stamped on the college game. For some NCAA standouts who didn't become NBA stars, their greatness is best remembered in school record books.
Here is a look at the top players who defined the last decade in college basketball.
1. Zion Williamson, Duke
This isn't because Zion's brief college career remains a fresh memory. Williamson would have been in contention for player of the decade whether he played in 2010 or 2019, and his imprint on the sport will likely still resonate a decade from now. While the 6-foot-6, 285-pound bowling ball-type forward didn’t carry the Blue Devils to a national championship, he had one of the finest college basketball seasons of the one-and-done era, averaging 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. He provided a plethora of highlight-reel dunks and athletic plays to make 2018-19 a season to remember for the Zion show.
2. Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Another one-and-done sensation, Davis made his 2011-12 season at Kentucky one to remember, finishing as the Wooden Award winner and Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player while giving one of John Calipari’s best-ever teams a national title. The agile big man’s rim-protecting defense and offensive versatility were unmatched at the NCAA level — and still are at the NBA level, too.
3. Kemba Walker, UConn
In two seasons with the Huskies at the beginning of the 2010s, Walker was as clutch as he was relentless as a combo guard. In one 11-game stretch, Walker steered UConn to capture the Big East tourney title and national championship in ‘11. That season, he averaged 23.5 points and 4.5 assists per game.