Creating a Top 10 list is no easy task. Doing so for the entire history of Chicago college basketball certainly wasn't either. When I started planning for this post over a month ago I didn't realize how much I would end up exploring the leader boards, histories and NBA careers of all the seasons and players that had occurred at DePaul, Northwestern, Loyola-Chicago, UIC and Chicago State.
The only rules I had when creating this list were longevity and impact - both individually and team - with the caveat that all five schools needed to be included. (Note: You could probably do a Top 10 list just from all of the talented players that went through Loyola in the 1960's and '70's.)
Over the next two weeks though we'll count down from 10 to 1. The Honorable Mentions and #10 is after the break. For more great Top Ten Lists check out Top Ten Chicago Sports.
10. David Holston - Chicago State: Holston was one of the most dynamic players in college basketball last season. The Cougars don't have a long history of basketball success - or much at all really at the NCAA Division I level - but Holston helped the team establish a new identity. The 5'8" point guard was an First Team All-Independent selection during his final two seasons and was one of the top scorers and distributors in the NCAA during his junior and senior seasons. During his redshirt freshman season - when the Cougars were still in the Mid-Continent Conference - Holston was named Second Team All Mid-Con. He now plays for Turkey's Pinar Karsiyaka.
Honorable Mentions: Wilbert "Wibs" Kautz, Loyola; Charlie "Feed" Murphy, Loyola; Mike Novak, Loyola; Vic Rouse, Loyola; Otto Graham, Northwestern; Patrick Baldwin, Northwestern; Ray Meyer, DePaul; Tom Kleinschmidt, DePaul; Sherrell Ford, UIC; Craig Lathen, UIC; Mike Eversley, Chicago State; Deji Akindele, Chicago State.
Now you know some of the names who won't be on the list. Did anyone get unfairly cut? Check back each day around noon for another name.