The player who scored the most all-time points in a March Madness tournament is Christian Laettner of Duke University. He scored a total of 407 points in his career, including 407 points in the NCAA Tournament. Laettner played in four consecutive Final Fours from 1989 to 1992, and he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament in both 1991 and 1992. He also won two national championships with Duke in 1991 and 1992. Laettner’s memorable performance in the 1992 East Regional Final against Kentucky, where he hit the game-winning shot in overtime, is considered one of the greatest moments in NCAA Tournament history.
Yes, Christian Laettner did play professional basketball after college. He was selected as the third overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Laettner went on to have a 13-year career in the NBA, playing for teams such as the Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in his rookie season, and he also played in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game as a member of the Hawks. Although he did not achieve the same level of success in the NBA as he did in college, Laettner still had a productive career, averaging 12.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game over the course of his NBA career.
Duke has had many high-profile players who have played in March Madness over the years. Some notable Duke players who have competed in the NCAA tournament include:
Grant Hill: Hill played for Duke from 1990 to 1994 and helped lead the Blue Devils to two national championships in 1991 and 1992. He was named the ACC Player of the Year in 1994 and was a consensus All-American in both 1993 and 1994.
J.J. Redick: Redick played for Duke from 2002 to 2006 and was one of the best shooters in college basketball history. He helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 2004 and was a consensus All-American in both 2005 and 2006.
Shane Battier: Battier played for Duke from 1997 to 2001 and was a key member of the Blue Devils’ national championship team in 2001. He was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 2001 and was a consensus All-American in both 2000 and 2001.
Bobby Hurley: Hurley played for Duke from 1989 to 1993 and was a key member of the Blue Devils’ back-to-back national championship teams in 1991 and 1992. He was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1992 and was a consensus All-American in 1993.
Zion Williamson: Williamson played for Duke in the 2018-19 season and helped lead the Blue Devils to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament. He was the consensus National Player of the Year and was selected as the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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