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

Desmond Cambridge of Alabama A&M holds the all-time NCAA Division I records for single-season steals (160) and steals per game (5.52), which both occurred during the 2001–02 season. The all–time leader in career steals is Providence's John Linehan (385), although Linehan never led the NCAA in steals per game average. In 2011–12, two 'firsts' occurred: Jay Threatt of Delaware State became the first ever repeat season steals leader, and there was also a tie for the honor (Fuquan Edwin of Seton Hall tied Threatt with a 3.00 steals per game average). When Chavis Holmes of Virginia Military Institute (VMI) secured his national steals title in 2008–09 at 3.39 spg, he and his brother Travis became the first pair of siblings in NCAA basketball history to lead the nation in the same statistical category. Travis had led the country with a 3.36 spg average in 2006–07. Only two schools have had two different players win the steals title: Alabama A&M (2002, 2005) and VMI (2007, 2009). The lowest steals total for a national per game leader is 78, and the lowest steals per game average to win is 2.83, both of which were achieved by Threatt.[3][4]

Three freshmen have led the nation in steals: Jason Kidd (1993), Joel Hoover (1997), and Devin Gibson (2008).[2][5][6] Among them, Kidd tallied the highest steals per game average (3.79) and the most total steals (110). He would also go on to lead the NCAA in assists the following season as a sophomore.[7]

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Steals leaders[edit]

Jason Kidd led the nation in steals as a freshman in 1993.
A black man wearing a red and white basketball uniform and matching red headband walks to the bench during a basketball game with his head down.
Bonzi Wells is the only steals champion from Ball State. He led the NCAA in 1997–98.
Season Player Pos. Cl. Team Games
played
Steals SPG Ref.
1985–86 Darron Brittman G Sr Chicago State 28 139 4.96 [8]
1986–87 Tony Fairley G Sr Charleston Southern 28 114 4.07 [2]
1987–88 Aldwin Ware G Sr Florida A&M 29 142 4.90 [8]
1988–89 Kenny Robertson G Jr Cleveland State 28 111 3.96 [9]
1989–90 Ronn McMahon G Sr Eastern Washington 29 130 4.48 [8]
1990–91 Van Usher G Jr Tennessee Tech 28 104 3.71 [2]
1991–92 Victor Snipes G So Northeastern Illinois 25 86 3.44 [10]
1992–93 Jason Kidd* G Fr California 29 110 3.79 [5]
1993–94 Shawn Griggs G Sr Southwestern Louisiana 30 120 4.00 [11]
1994–95 Roderick Anderson G Sr Texas 30 101 3.37 [12]
1995–96 Pointer Williams G Sr McNeese State 27 118 4.37 [13]
1996–97 Joel Hoover G Fr Maryland–Eastern Shore 28 90 3.21 [2]
1997–98 Bonzi Wells G/F Sr Ball State 29 103 3.55 [14]
1998–99 Shawnta Rogers G Sr George Washington 29 103 3.55 [15]
1999–00 Carl Williams G Sr Liberty 28 107 3.82 [15]
2000–01 Greedy Daniels G Jr TCU 25 108 4.32 [15]
2001–02 Desmond Cambridge G Sr Alabama A&M 29 160 5.52 [8]
2002–03 Alexis McMillan G Sr Stetson 22 87 3.95 [15]
2003–04 Marques Green G Sr St. Bonaventure 27 107 3.96 [15]
2004–05 Obie Trotter G Jr Alabama A&M 32 125 3.91 [15]
2005–06 Tim Smith G Sr East Tennessee State 28 95 3.39 [15]
2006–07 Travis Holmes G So VMI 33 111 3.36 [15]
2007–08 Devin Gibson G Fr UTSA 28 93 3.32 [6]
2008–09 Chavis Holmes G Sr VMI 31 105 3.39 [15]
2009–10 Jay Threatt G So Delaware State 29 82 2.83 [16]
2010–11 Anthony Nelson G Sr Niagara 29 98 3.38 [17]
2011–12 Fuquan Edwin G/F So Seton Hall 34 102 3.00 [3]
2011–12 Jay Threatt (2) G Sr Delaware State 26 78 3.00 [4]
2012–13 Duke Mondy G Jr Oakland 33 100 3.03 [18]
2013–14 Brianté Weber G Jr VCU 35 121 3.46 [19]
2014–15 Corey Walden G Sr Eastern Kentucky 32 99 3.09 [20]
2015–16 Tra-Deon Hollins G Jr Omaha 32 127 3.97 [21]
2016–17 Ehab Amin G Jr Texas A&M–Corpus Christi 36 124 3.44 [22]
2017–18 Joseph Chartouny^ G Jr Fordham 29 97 3.34 [23]

References[edit]

General
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Specific
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  16. ^ "Sophomore Guard Jay Threatt Finishes Season No. 1 in Steals per Game". Delaware State University. March 2010. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
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  20. ^ "Corey Walden stats". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  21. ^ "Tra-Deon Hollins stats". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2016. Retrieved March 26, 2016.
  22. ^ "Ehab Amin stats". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  23. ^ "Joseph Chartouny stats". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.