12. Jerry West, West Virginia
When you have multiple awesome nicknames -- West goes by "The Logo" (his likeness remains the NBA's trademark silhouette), "Mr. Clutch" and "Zeke from Cabin Creek" -- you had to start somewhere, and West started fast. In the 1959 NCAA tournament, as a sophomore at West Virginia, West averaged 32 points and 14.6 rebounds per game; his 160 points tied what was then the five-game record, later surpassed by Bill Bradley and Elvin Hayes. He led all scorers and rebounders in every WVU contest, including a heartbreaking one-point loss to California in the final. West scored 275 points in nine career NCAA tournament games.
-- Eamonn Brennan