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basketball players who've won championships at the high school,
college and NBA levels.
Winning a high school, college and NBA championship is one of the rarest and most difficult feats to complete for a basketball player.
In fact, only 15 players in the history of the game have won at the highest level on all three levels. Eight of those 15 players are currently members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Approximately 20 active NBA players still have an opportunity to join the prestigious list with Jahlil Okafor, Jalen Brunson, Grayson Allen and Joel Berry among the youngest NBA players with an opportunity to join the exclusive group.
Ten greatest players in basketball history to win a title in high school, college and the NBA
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Power Memorial Academy (N.Y.)
Most know him for his NBA success, winning six titles, six
MVP awards and compiling the most career points in Association history. Fewer, though,
have heard about his high school success. Known as Lew
Alcindor, the greatest big man in NBA history accumulated 2,067 career
points and won three consecutive New York City
Catholic championships. Alcindor also led Power Memorial to
back-to-back national titles and a 71-game winning streak, ending his career 79-2 overall. Under the tutelage of John Wooden, he also nabbed three
rings in three seasons in college at UCLA.
Widely recognized as the greatest point guard in NBA history, Johnson earned the "Magic" billing during his sophomore year of high school after a triple-double of 36 points, 18 rebounds and 16 assists at 15 years old. He led Everett to its first state title as a senior, averaging 28.8 points and 16.8 rebounds per contest. Magic decided to stay in-state and led the Michigan State to its first national championship in program history in 1979. In the NBA, the 6-foot-9 point guard won five titles in 13 seasons, winning Finals MVP and regular season MVP three times apiece.
A non-factor during McClymonds' back-to-back Northern California Tournament of Champions title runs, Russell didn't score a single point in six career playoffs games at McClymonds. A late bloomer, he averaged 20.7 points and 20.3 rebounds per outing while leading San Francisco to back-to-back NCAA titles in 1955-1956. In the NBA, Russell established himself as the ultimate champion, capturing a record 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons — averaging 15.1 points, 22.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest.
Played two seasons of varsity basketball after suffering multiple broken
bones, undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee and
standing at just 6-1 as a sophomore. Everything changed during Walton's
junior year when he led Helix to the San Diego Section championship with a 29-2
record. During his senior year, the Hall of Fame big man averaged 29
points and 25 rebounds per game to lead Helix to an undefeated 33-0
record and a second consecutive section title to close out his career with 49 consecutive wins. Walton went on to win a
pair of titles in both college and the NBA to solidify his legacy as one
of the game's greatest big men.
His dominant high school career included a state-record 76-game winning streak along with a pair of state championships. In his three years, he averaged 34 points per game and received Wilt Chamberlain comparisons because of his dominant play on the court, combined with wearing No. 13. Lucas ended his incredible high school career with over 150 scholarship offers and won a state title in discus as a senior as well. The Hall of Famer went on to win the 1960 NCAA title at Ohio State before heading to the NBA where he won a title in 1973 with the New York Knicks. He averaged 17 points and 15.6 rebounds per game in the NBA.
While high school statistics were hard to find for Goodrich, his claim to fame as a prep basketball star was playing through a broken ankle in the Los Angeles City championship game. The injury occurred in the third quarter of the game, but he returned to finish off his 29-point performance in the win. Goodrich played for John Wooden at UCLA where he won a pair of national titles before a 14-year NBA career that saw him win one title alongside Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. He went on to become a Hall of Famer and had his number retired at his high school, UCLA and with the Los Angeles Lakers.
His then-record 41-point state championship game outing is still recognized as one of the greatest single-game performances in the 102 year history of Kentucky's "Sweet 16" state championship tournament. The three-time first team All-State selection graduated in 1949 and attended the University of Kentucky where, in 1951, he led the Wildcats to their third national championship in four seasons. Drafted by the Celtics in the third round in 1954, Hagan spent two years serving in the military before joining the NBA. Hagan was traded to the St. Louis Hawks before playing a game in Boston, winning an NBA title in 1958.
Known for his ability to do-it-all, Gola established himself as one of the top prospects in the nation for the Explorers, winning the 1950 Catholic League title after an excellent 27-1 campaign. Expected to venture out-of-state to a national powerhouse, Gola attended La Salle University. In 118 career games, Tom Gola averaged 20.9 points and 18.7 rebounds per game while leading La Salle to a 101-17 record. He remains the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA history with 2,201 career rebounds. Gola won the NCAA title in 1954 and an NBA title in 1956 with the Philadelphia Warriors.
Named Flint's greatest high school basketball player of all-time in 2016 by MLive, the 1984-85 Mr. Michigan Basketball led Northwestern to back-to-back state championships in his junior and senior seasons. During his three-year varsity career, Rice led Northwestern to an overall record of 74-3 and averaged 28.6 points per game as a senior. He is Michigan's all-time leading scorer with 2,442 career points and led the Wolverines to the 1989 national championship as a senior. Rice had a successful 16-year NBA career, capturing his only NBA championship in 2000 as a member of the Lakers.
Back-to-back state championships at Franklin in 1994 and 1995 helped him earn a scholarship to the University of Arizona where he would develop into an elite guard. Terry guided the Wildcats to the NCAA title as a sophomore and he would end his career as the 12th leading scorer in school history. Taken with the 10th selection in the 1999 NBA Draft, Terry enjoyed a successful 19-year NBA career that saw him win Sixth Man of the Year and become an NBA champion in 2009 with the Dallas Mavericks.
Named the greatest Kansas high school basketball player of the 20th century by the Topeka-Capital Journal, Allen was a consensus first team All-State selection during his junior and senior seasons after leading Wyandotte to back-to-back state championships. He captured a pair of NCAA titles with UCLA and John Wooden before being selected third overall in 1969 by the Seattle SuperSonics. After one season in Seattle, Allen joined Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson in Milwaukee, winning the 1971 NBA title with the Bucks.