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

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In basketball, a steal is the act of legally gaining possession of the ball by a defensive player who causes the opponent to turn the ball over.[1] The top 25 highest steals 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] Steals are a relatively new statistic in college basketball, having only become an official statistic beginning with the 1985–86 season.[3]

The all-time Division I steals leader is John Linehan of Providence. He recorded 385 steals between 1997–98 and 2001–02, utilizing a partial fifth season in 1999–2000 that he had to redshirt due to medical reasons.[4] The second all-time steals leader, Eric Murdock, also played at Providence. He recorded 376 steals.

Three schools have two different players representing them on the top 25 list. Providence, which has the top two, is followed by Alabama A&M and Maryland.

Key[edit]

Steals leaders[edit]

Juan "Pepe" Sánchez has the fourth-most steals (365).
Bonzi Wells finished with 347 steals.
Juan Dixon of Maryland recorded 333 steals.
Player Pos. Team Career start Career end Games
played
Steals Ref.
John Linehan G Providence 1997 2002 122 385 [5]
Eric Murdock G Providence (2) 1987 1991 117 376 [6]
Brianté Weber G VCU 2011 2015 127 374 [7]
Pepe Sánchez G Temple 1996 2000 116 365 [8]
Cookie Belcher G Nebraska 1996 2001 131 353 [9]
Kevin Braswell G Georgetown 1998 2002 128 349 [10]
Bonzi Wells G Ball State 1994 1998 116 347 [11]
Obie Trotter G Alabama A&M 2002 2006 114 346 [12]
Gerald Walker G San Francisco 1992 1996 111 344 [3]
Johnny Rhodes G Maryland 1992 1996 122 344 [3]
Devan Downey G Cincinnati /
South Carolina
2005 2010 128 342 [13]
Michael Anderson G Drexel 1984 1988 115 341 [14]
Kenny Robertson G Cleveland State 1986 1990 119 341 [3]
Aaron Craft G Ohio State 2010 2014 148 337 [15]
Keith Jennings G ETSU 1987 1991 127 334 [16]
Juan Dixon G Maryland (2) 1998 2002 141 333 [17]
Jevon Carter G WVU 2014 2018 144 330 [18]
Desmond Cambridge G Alabama A&M (2) 1999 2002 84 330 [19]
Greg Anthony G Portland /
UNLV
1987 1991 138 329 [20]
Jason Hart G Syracuse 1996 2000 132 329 [21]
D. J. Cooper G Ohio 2009 2013 143 328 [22]
Chris Corchiani G NC State 1987 1991 124 328 [23]
Marques Green G St. Bonaventure 2000 2004 112 325 [24]
T. J. McConnell G Duquesne /
Arizona
2010 2015 139 324 [25]
Devin Gibson G UTSA 2007 2011 119 323 [26]
Gary Payton* G Oregon State 1986 1990 120 321 [27]

References[edit]

General
  • "2013–14 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
Specific
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  2. ^ a b c "History of the NCAA". NCAA.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e "2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Records" (PDF). 2009–10 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  4. ^ "NBA Development League: John Linehan". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. 2010. Archived from the original on November 8, 2006. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  5. ^ "John Linehan". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Eric Murdock". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "Brianté Weber". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Pepe Sánchez". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  9. ^ "Cookie Belcher". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "Kevin Braswell". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "Bonzi Wells". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  12. ^ "Obie Trotter". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  13. ^ "Devan Downey". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  14. ^ "Michael Anderson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  15. ^ "Aaron Craft". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Keith Jennings". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  17. ^ "Juan Dixon". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  18. ^ "Jevon Carter". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  19. ^ "Desmond Cambridge". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2011.
  20. ^ "Greg Anthony". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  21. ^ "Jason Hart". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  22. ^ "D.J. Cooper Game-by-Game Stats". ESPN. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
  23. ^ "Chris Corchiani". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  24. ^ "Marques Green". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  25. ^ "T.J. McConnell". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  26. ^ "Devin Gibson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  27. ^ "Gary Payton". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.