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

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In basketball, a block (short for blocked shot) occurs when a defender deflects or stops a field goal attempt without committing a foul.[1] The top 25 highest blocks 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] Blocks are a relatively new statistic in college basketball, having only become an official statistic beginning with the 1985–86 season.[3]

Many well-known players, such as Hall of Famers David Robinson[4][5] and Hakeem Olajuwon[6] accumulated college block totals that would have placed them in the top 25 all-time if they had not played before blocks were a recognized statistic. Olajuwon played for Houston and accumulated 454 blocks in his three-year career.[7] Robinson, meanwhile, evenly split his four-year career at Navy between the pre-block and the recognized-block statistical eras.[3][5] For his entire college career, Robinson recorded 516 blocks, but since only his junior and senior seasons' block totals are officially recognized, his two-year sum of 351 blocks does not even rank in the top 25 all-time.[3][5] Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State, therefore, holds the Division I record for career blocks with 564.[3][8] He played for the Bulldogs from 2006–07 through 2009–10 and surpassed Wojciech Myrda's mark of 535 during his senior season. Although Varnado ended with 29 more blocks than Myrda, it took him 26 more games—nearly the amount of a complete season—to finish with that total.[8][9]

Two of the top eight shot blockers played college basketball for only three seasons. Adonal Foyle of Colgate recorded 492 blocks in just 87 career games before he left one season early for the National Basketball Association (NBA). Foyle would get drafted 8th overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1997 NBA Draft.[10] Meanwhile, Shawn James played in 83 games while registering 443 blocks. James played for two seasons at Northeastern before transferring to Duquesne for one season.[11][12] At the conclusion of his junior year in 2007–08, James hired an agent after declaring himself eligible for the 2008 Draft, thereby forgoing his final season of NCAA eligibility.[13] He was never drafted.[14]

One school on this list has two players represented. Connecticut's Emeka Okafor (2001–02 through 2003–04) and Hasheem Thabeet (2006–07 through 2008–09) each played three years for the Huskies before also declaring themselves for the NBA Draft. Okafor recorded 441 blocks in 103 games, while Thabeet recorded 417 during his 100-game career.

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Blocks leaders[edit]

Adonal Foyle recorded 492 blocks in 87 games.
Emeka Okafor finished with 441 blocks.
Hasheem Thabeet recorded 417 blocks.
Player Pos. Team Career start Career end Games
played
Blocks Ref.
Varnado, JarvisJarvis Varnado F Mississippi State 2006 2010 141 564 [8]
Myrda, WojciechWojciech Myrda C Louisiana–Monroe 1998 2002 115 535 [9]
Foyle, AdonalAdonal Foyle C Colgate 1994 1997 87 492 [15]
Duncan, TimTim Duncan C Wake Forest 1993 1997 128 481 [16]
Mosley, WilliamWilliam Mosley C Northwestern State 2008 2012 124 456 [17]
Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* C Georgetown 1988 1992 120 453 [18]
Williams, TarvisTarvis Williams F/C Hampton 1997 2001 114 452 [19]
Johnson, KenKen Johnson C Ohio State 1997 2001 127 444 [20]
James, ShawnShawn James F Northeastern /
Duquesne
2004 2008 83 443 [11][12]
Gai, DengDeng Gai F Fairfield 2001 2005 100 442 [21]
Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor C Connecticut 2001 2004 103 441 [22]
Coleman, LorenzoLorenzo Coleman C Tennessee Tech 1993 1997 113 437 [3]
Booth, CalvinCalvin Booth C Penn State 1995 1999 114 428 [23]
Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff C Wyoming 1991 1995 111 425 [24]
Jones, AlvinAlvin Jones C Georgia Tech 1997 2001 124 425 [25]
Thomas, EtanEtan Thomas F Syracuse 1996 2000 122 424 [26]
Williams, SheldenShelden Williams F Duke 2002 2006 139 422 [27]
Blake, RodneyRodney Blake F Saint Joseph's 1984 1988 116 419 [3]
Thabeet, HasheemHasheem Thabeet C Connecticut (2) 2006 2009 100 417 [28]
O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C LSU 1989 1992 90 412 [29]
Roberson, KevinKevin Roberson C Vermont 1988 1992 112 409 [3]
McIlvaine, JimJim McIlvaine C Marquette 1990 1994 118 399 [30]
Lasme, StephaneStephane Lasme F Massachusetts 2003 2007 118 399 [31]
Gladness, MickellMickell Gladness F/C Alabama A&M 2005 2008 85 396 [32]
Perry, TimTim Perry F Temple 1984 1988 130 392 [33]

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