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.

Four 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.
Linehan, JohnJohn Linehan G Providence 1997 2002 122 385 [5]
Murdock, EricEric Murdock G Providence (2) 1987 1991 117 376 [6]
Weber, BrianteBriante Weber G VCU 2011 2015 127 374 [7]
Sánchez, PepePepe Sánchez G Temple 1996 2000 116 365 [8]
Belcher, CookieCookie Belcher G Nebraska 1996 2001 131 353 [9]
Braswell, KevinKevin Braswell G Georgetown 1998 2002 128 349 [10]
Wells, BonziBonzi Wells G Ball State 1994 1998 116 347 [11]
Trotter, ObieObie Trotter G Alabama A&M 2002 2006 114 346 [12]
Walker, GeraldGerald Walker G San Francisco 1992 1996 111 344 [3]
Rhodes, JohnnyJohnny Rhodes G Maryland 1992 1996 122 344 [3]
Downey, DevanDevan Downey G Cincinnati /
South Carolina
2005 2010 128 342 [13]
Anderson, MichaelMichael Anderson G Drexel 1984 1988 115 341 [14]
Robertson, KennyKenny Robertson G Cleveland State 1986 1990 119 341 [3]
Craft, AaronAaron Craft G Ohio State 2010 2014 148 337 [15]
Jennings, KeithKeith Jennings G ETSU 1987 1991 127 334 [16]
Dixon, JuanJuan Dixon G Maryland (2) 1998 2002 141 333 [17]
Cambridge, DesmondDesmond Cambridge G Alabama A&M (2) 1999 2002 84 330 [18]
Anthony, GregGreg Anthony G Portland /
UNLV
1987 1991 138 329 [19]
Hart, JasonJason Hart G Syracuse 1996 2000 132 329 [20]
Cooper, D. J.D. J. Cooper G Ohio 2009 2013 143 328 [21]
Corchiani, ChrisChris Corchiani G NC State 1987 1991 124 328 [22]
Green, MarquesMarques Green G St. Bonaventure 2000 2004 112 325 [23]
Gibson, DevinDevin Gibson G UTSA 2007 2011 119 323 [24]
Payton, GaryGary Payton* G Oregon State 1986 1990 120 321 [25]
Garner, ChrisChris Garner G Memphis 1993 1997 123 321 [26]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "Eric Murdock". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Briante 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. 
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  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. ^ "Desmond Cambridge". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Greg Anthony". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Jason Hart". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
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  23. ^ "Marques Green". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Devin Gibson". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Gary Payton". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Chris Garner". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 30, 2010.