List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career free throw scoring leaders

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Tyler Hansbrough made an NCAA-record 982 free throws.

In basketball, a free throw is "an opportunity given to a player to score one (1) point, uncontested, from position behind the free throw line and inside the semicircle."1 The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I is the highest level of amateur basketball in the United States. 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

The all-time leader in NCAA free throws made is Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina.34 From 2005–06 through 2008–09, Hansbrough made 982 free throws, surpassing the 54-year old record of 905 that was held by Wake Forest's Dickie Hemric.35 While Hansbrough's free throw percentage (79.1%) is better than Hemric's (66.6%). Hemric accomplished the feat in only 104 career games played compared to Hansbrough's 142.

Five players on this list are Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductees: Pete Maravich,6 Oscar Robertson,7 Bill Bradley8 Joe Dumars,9 and Alonzo Mourning.10 Some players on this list, such as those whose career games played is below 100, played college basketball during the era before freshmen were allowed to play varsity basketball, and were instead allowed to play freshman or junior varsity basketball only. Their free throw makes and attempts could have been significantly higher had they played an additional season.

Boston College (BC) and George Washington University (GWU) are the only two schools that have multiple members on the top 25 all-time free throws made list. For BC, Troy Bell (810)11 and Danya Abrams (698)12 appear, while GWU's Chris Monroe (719)13 and Joe Holup (714)14 have made the list. Only one player in the top 25 split his college career between two different schools. Steve Rogers, who scored 713 free throws between 1988 and 1992, attended Middle Tennessee before transferring to Alabama State.

Key

Free throw leaders

Alonzo Mourning of Georgetown made 771 free throws.
Player Pos. Team Games
played
Career start Career end FTM FTA FT% Ref.
Hansbrough, TylerTyler Hansbrough F North Carolina 142 2005 2009 982 1241 79.1 4
Hemric, DickieDickie Hemric C Wake Forest 104 1951 1955 905 1359 66.6 5
Maravich, PetePete Maravich* G LSU 83 1967 1970 893 1152 77.5 15
Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* G/F Cincinnati 88 1957 1960 869 1114 78.0 16
Green, CalebCaleb Green F Oral Roberts 128 2003 2007 852 1134 75.1 17
Schlundt, DonDon Schlundt C Indiana 94 1951 1955 826 1076 76.8 18
Bell, TroyTroy Bell G Boston College 122 1999 2003 810 933 86.8 11
Bradley, BillBill Bradley* F/G Princeton 83 1962 1965 791 903 87.6 19
Mourning, AlonzoAlonzo Mourning* C Georgetown 120 1988 1992 771 1003 75.4 20
Chievous, DerrickDerrick Chievous F Missouri 130 1984 1988 764 963 79.3 21
Benton, EddieEddie Benton G Vermont 104 1992 1996 739 891 82.9 22
Crittenden, HowieHowie Crittenden G Murray State 104 1952 1956 731 1041 70.2 23
Dumars, JoeJoe Dumars* G McNeese State 116 1981 1985 723 917 78.8 24
Delaney, MalcolmMalcolm Delaney G Virginia Tech 136 2007 2011 721 853 84.5 25
Monroe, ChrisChris Monroe G George Washington 118 1999 2003 719 955 75.3 13
Holup, JoeJoe Holup F George Washington (2) 104 1952 1956 714 961 74.3 14
Dischinger, TerryTerry Dischinger G/F Purdue 70 1959 1962 713 871 81.9 3
Laettner, ChristianChristian Laettner F/C Duke 148 1988 1992 713 885 80.6 26
Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers G/F Middle Tennessee /
Alabama State
113 1988 1992 713 955 74.7 13
MacLean, DonDon MacLean F/C UCLA 127 1988 1992 711 827 86.0 27
Anderson, MichaelMichael Anderson G Drexel 115 1984 1988 705 958 73.6 28
Houston, ByronByron Houston F Oklahoma State 127 1988 1992 698 957 72.9 29
Abrams, DanyaDanya Abrams F Boston College (2) 122 1993 1997 698 1003 69.6 12
Ewing, BrandonBrandon Ewing G Wyoming 126 2005 2009 697 855 81.5 30
Flora, DomDom Flora G Washington and Lee 109 1954 1958 696 954 73.0 31
Chanay, LarryLarry Chanay F Montana State 101 1956 1960 696 947 73.5 3

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