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

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David Robinson recorded 207 blocks in 1985–86, the most for a single season in NCAA history.

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 National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I block title is awarded to the player with the highest blocks per game average in a given season. The block title was first recognized in the 1985–86 season when statistics on blocks were first compiled by the NCAA.[2]

David Robinson of Navy holds the all-time NCAA Division I record single-season blocks record (207) which was set during 1985–86, coincidentally the first season that the NCAA kept track of blocked shots.[2][3] Although Robinson holds the single-season record, it is Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State who claims the all-time career blocked shots record (564).[4] The highest single-season blocks per game (bpg) record is held by Northeastern's Shawn James, who averaged 6.53 blocks in 2005–06.[5]

Four players have been two-time NCAA blocks leaders: David Robinson (1986, 1987), Keith Closs (1995, 1996), Tarvis Williams (1999, 2001) and Jarvis Varnado (2008, 2009). Additionally, six freshmen have led Division I in blocks: Alonzo Mourning (1989), Shawn Bradley (1991), Keith Closs (1995), Hassan Whiteside (2010), Anthony Davis (2012), and Chris Obekpa (2013). Among all-time NCAA blocks leaders, only Robinson and Mourning are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[6]

Keith Closs, the blocks leader in 1995 and 1996, only played college basketball for two seasons.[7] He left the NCAA after only two years to pursue a career in professional basketball, thereby foregoing his final two seasons of eligibility under NCAA by-laws. Had he decided to stay at Central Connecticut, Closs could have potentially become the first player to lead Division I in blocks for not only three years, but possibly all four.

No guards have been the NCAA blocks leaders. Guards are typically shorter and play farther away from the basket, making it more difficult for them to block shots.

Six players on this list were born outside the United States—Shawn Bradley in Germany (West Germany at the time of his birth), Adonal Foyle in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Wojciech Myrda in Poland, Deng Gai in what is now South Sudan (part of Sudan at the time of his birth), Chris Obekpa in Nigeria, and Jordan Bachynski in Canada.

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Blocks leaders[edit]

A black bald man wearing a basketball uniform walks on a basketball court toward the camera.
Alonzo Mourning was the first freshman to win the shot blocking title.
A dark-skinned black man wearing basketball warm-up gear holds a basketball in front of him while making a surprised expression.
Adonal Foyle led the NCAA as a junior in 1997.
Season Player Pos. Cl. Team Games
played
Blocks BPG Ref.
1985–86 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* C Jr Navy 35 207 5.91 [3]
1986–87 Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson* (2) C Sr Navy 32 144 4.50 [3]
1987–88 Blake, RodneyRodney Blake C Sr Saint Joseph's 29 116 4.00 [8]
1988–89 Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* C Fr Georgetown 34 169 4.97 [9]
1989–90 Green, KennyKenny Green F Sr Rhode Island 26 124 4.77 [10]
1990–91 Bradley, ShawnShawn Bradley C Fr BYU 34 177 5.21 [11]
1991–92 O'Neal, ShaquilleShaquille O'Neal C Jr LSU 30 157 5.23 [12]
1992–93 Ratliff, TheoTheo Ratliff C Jr Wyoming 28 124 4.43 [13]
1993–94 Livingston, GradyGrady Livingston C Jr Howard 26 115 4.42 [14]
1994–95 Closs, KeithKeith Closs C Fr Central Connecticut 26 139 5.35 [15]
1995–96 Closs, KeithKeith Closs (2) C So Central Connecticut 28 178 6.36 [15]
1996–97 Foyle, AdonalAdonal Foyle C Jr Colgate 28 180 6.43 [16]
1997–98 James, JeromeJerome James C Sr Florida A&M 27 125 4.63 [17]
1998–99 Williams, TarvisTarvis Williams C/F So Hampton 27 135 5.00 [18]
1999–00 Johnson, KenKen Johnson C Sr Ohio State 30 161 5.37 [19]
2000–01 Williams, TarvisTarvis Williams (2) C/F Sr Hampton 32 147 4.59 [18]
2001–02 Myrda, WojciechWojciech Myrda C Sr Louisiana–Monroe 32 172 5.38 [20]
2002–03 Okafor, EmekaEmeka Okafor C So Connecticut 33 156 4.73 [21]
2003–04 Ferguson, AnwarAnwar Ferguson C Sr Houston 27 111 4.11 [22]
2004–05 Gai, DengDeng Gai F Sr Fairfield 30 165 5.50 [23]
2005–06 James, ShawnShawn James F So Northeastern 30 196 6.53 [24]
2006–07 Gladness, MickellMickell Gladness C Jr Alabama A&M 30 188 6.27 [25]
2007–08 Varnado, JarvisJarvis Varnado F/C So Mississippi State 34 157 4.62 [26]
2008–09 Varnado, JarvisJarvis Varnado (2) F/C Jr Mississippi State 36 170 4.72 [26]
2009–10 Whiteside, HassanHassan Whiteside F/C Fr Marshall 34 182 5.35 [27]
2010–11 Mosley, WilliamWilliam Mosley C Jr Northwestern State 32 156 4.87 [28]
2011–12 Davis, AnthonyAnthony Davis C Fr Kentucky 40 186 4.65 [29]
2012–13 Obekpa, ChrisChris Obekpa^ C Fr St. John's 33 133 4.03 [30]
2013–14 Bachynski, JordanJordan Bachynski C Sr Arizona State 33 133 4.03 [31]
2014–15 Mickey, JordanJordan Mickey^ F So LSU 31 112 3.61 [32]

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