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Marching Madness: Ranking NCAA tournament coaches by playing career

Shaka Smart had a good college career
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Tony Moss of CBS Sports created a ranking of each coaches playing career on Tuesday. Not many coaches made it to the NBA elite. However, Danny Manning, who made his first NCAA tournament as a coach on Sunday, made the list with his dynamic coaching and playing style.

The week leading up to the NCAA tournament games always brings about plenty of rankings and polls, but CBS Sports brought something drastically different on Tuesday.

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The Pie chart shows coaches of all types of playing ability leading their teams into the big dance. It goes to show that no matter what level coaches played at, they have become a successful coach in Division I basketball.

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Three coaches didn’t play on the varsity high school level. Included in that list is Baylor coach, Scott Drew. However, the Drew family has been a staple in college basketball for two decades.

More coaches played in a level lower than Division I, than played in any professional basketball leagues. Twenty-two of the 40 coaches that played college basketball at Non D-I schools. Only nine of 20 professional players made it to the NBA.

The best player on the list has to be Danny Manning. The Kansas Jayhawks’ all time great also made two all-star games in his 15 year career.

You can check out the entire list of coaches and where they rank as players.


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