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The Legend of Pistol Pete Maravich

Bill Walton: “Pete Maravich would have averaged 57.0 points per game!”

Pistol Pete Maravich was the ultimate gym rat. After a dominating high school career in Broughton High, North Carolina, he enrolled at Louisiana State University. Due to NCAA rules at the time, Maravich was prohibited from playing at the varsity level, because he was a freshman. As a result, Maravich played for LSU's freshman team in 1966-67 and recorded a crazy average of 43.6 points per game.

Following his freshman year at Louisiana State University, he began the greatest scoring rampage in NCAA history. Over the next three seasons, he averaged 43.8, 44.2, and 44.5 ppg, respectively, leading the nation in scoring each year. How crazy is this? During his senior season, he scored 50 or more points in 10 of LSU's 31 games, setting an NCAA record for most points (1,381) and highest scoring average in a single season. In 1970, he was named College Player of the Year.

Pistol Pete Maravich holds pretty much every major NCAA scoring record, including most career points (3,667), highest career scoring average (44.2 ppg), most field goals made (1,387) and attempted (3,166), and most career 50-point games (28). It's important to note that Maravich accomplished all this without the benefit of the three-point basket, which wasn't introduced into the college game until the 1986-87 season.

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As a college player, Maravich was unparalleled, but he received a lot of criticism that followed him in his pro career: for all of his personal achievements and flair, he was not a big winner. LSU's record during his stint there was a modest 49-35. So you could say he was something of a ball-hog. Nonetheless, the late great Pistol Pete was without a doubt one of the best college players of all-time.

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