List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career assists leaders

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In basketball, an assist is a pass to a teammate that directly leads to a score by field goal.[1] The top 25 highest assists totals in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's basketball history are listed below. The NCAA did not split into its current divisions format until August 1973.[2] From 1906 to 1955, there were no classifications to the NCAA nor its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).[2] Then, from 1956 to spring 1973, colleges were classified as either "NCAA University Division (Major College)" or "NCAA College Division (Small College)".[2][3] Assists are a relatively new statistic in college basketball, having only become an official statistic beginning with the 1983–84 season.[3] According to the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball media guide, however, there were two seasons in the early 1950s in which assists were recorded: 1950–51 and 1951–52.[3]

The all-time leader in career assists is Bobby Hurley of Duke. He recorded 1,076 assists in 140 games (7.68 per game average) between 1989–90 and 1992–93. He also led the Blue Devils to consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Second on the list is Chris Corchiani of NC State, another Atlantic Coast Conference school. In his four seasons, Corchiani compiled 1,038 assists. Only two other players besides Hurley and Corchiani have recorded 1,000 career assists at the Division I level: Ed Cota of North Carolina (1,030) and Jason Brickman of LIU Brooklyn. Sherman Douglas of Syracuse is the only player on this list who also recorded 20 or more assists in a single game at both the Division I and National Basketball Association levels. For his college career, he played in 138 games while recording 960 assists.

Two schools in the top 25 all-time career assist leaders list are represented by more than one player; Bradley and Notre Dame both have two players. For Bradley, the players are Jim Les and Anthony Manuel; and for Notre Dame, they are Doug Gottlieb and Chris Thomas. However, Gottlieb split his career between Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, so his career total is not exclusive to the Fighting Irish.

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Assists leaders[edit]

Ed Cota compiled 1,030 assists, the third most all-time.
Steve Blake finished with 972 assists.
Gary Payton recorded 939 assists at Oregon State.
Player Pos. Team Career start Career end Games
played
Assists Ref.
Hurley, BobbyBobby Hurley G Duke 1989 1993 140 1,076 [4]
Corchiani, ChrisChris Corchiani G NC State 1987 1991 124 1,038 [5]
Cota, EdEd Cota G North Carolina 1996 2000 138 1,030 [6]
Brickman, JasonJason Brickman G LIU Brooklyn 2010 2014 130 1,009 [7]
Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings G East Tennessee State 1987 1991 127 983 [8]
Blake, SteveSteve Blake G Maryland 1999 2003 138 972 [9]
Douglas, ShermanSherman Douglas G Syracuse 1985 1989 138 960 [10]
Miller, TonyTony Miller G Marquette 1991 1995 123 956 [11]
Miles, AaronAaron Miles G Kansas 2001 2005 138 954 [12]
Anthony, GregGreg Anthony G Portland / UNLV 1987 1991 138 950 [13]
Gottlieb, DougDoug Gottlieb G Notre Dame /
Oklahoma State
1995 2000 124 947 [14]
Payton, GaryGary Payton* G Oregon State 1986 1990 120 939 [15]
Cooper, D. J.D. J. Cooper G Ohio 2009 2013 143 934 [16]
Smart, OrlandoOrlando Smart G San Francisco 1990 1994 116 902 [3]
LaFleur, AndreAndre LaFleur G Northeastern 1983 1987 128 894 [17]
Fletcher, ChicoChico Fletcher G Arkansas State 1996 2000 114 893 [18]
Les, JimJim Les G Cleveland State / Bradley 1982 1986 118 884 [3]
Smith, FrankFrank Smith G Old Dominion 1984 1988 120 883 [3]
Machado, ScottScott Machado G Iona 2008 2012 132 880 [19]
Chisholm, TaurenceTaurence Chisholm G Delaware 1984 1988 110 877 [20]
Marshall, GraysonGrayson Marshall G Clemson 1984 1988 122 857 [21]
Manuel, AnthonyAnthony Manuel G Bradley (2) 1985 1989 108 855 [22]
Williams, ChazChaz Williams G Hofstra / UMass 2009 2014 136 840 [23]
Richardson, PoohPooh Richardson G UCLA 1985 1989 122 833 [24]
Thomas, ChrisChris Thomas G Notre Dame (2) 2001 2005 128 833 [25]

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