1. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina has long been associated with top-level basketball stars, dating all the way back to Michael Jordan and beyond. It is considered one of the best basketball schools in the country by Next College Student Athlete thanks to a lower-than-average tuition cost and low average cost after financial aid. The university has helped create several top basketball stars, including multiple top 20 draft picks in the last decade.
2. University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
UCLA is another college that offers competitive basketball coaching for a lower price than the Division I average. The LA program has won a record 11 NCAA titles, and even though it hasn’t won one in over a decade, UCLA is still a widely respected college. There have been 36 first-round draft picks in the NBA to have played their basketball at UCLA.
3. Stanford University
Although it costs a lot more to go to Stanford than many other colleges, the NCSA seems to think you get what you pay for. It ranked Stanford the third-best basketball college in the United States, despite the Cardinals not having the most successful team on the court.
Disregarding the lack of trophies compared to other colleges, the overall basketball experience at Stanford is a quality one. The most recent player drafted to the NBA from Stanford was KZ Okpala in the second round in 2019.
Of course, just because these schools are ranked the best doesn’t mean you can’t get first-class basketball colleges elsewhere. These schools just give students a high chance of succeeding not only in the NBA but in life.