Tennessee State paces top HBCU basketball earners

Anthony Mason

Ever wanted to know the post historically black college graduate value of an NBA career?

More than $56 million for former Tennessee State basketball players.

According to the Wall Street Journal, former Tennessee State Tigers players have made a combined $56,813,298 in the NBA since 1985. That total ranks the school 90th on the Basketball Loot Index. It was the highest ranking of any HBCU.

WSJ collected the names of every college player who entered the NBA in or after 1985
, the year the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams (now 68). For all the players on that list, we looked up their total NBA compensation and assigned those dollars to the college teams they played for.

For the most part, The Journal’s ranking looked a lot like most lists that rank college basketball programs by wins. Marquee names like UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky, Arizona, Michigan and Georgetown all cracked the top 10 with at least $496 million in aggregate earnings….
Top Career Earners By School:

– Anthony Mason, Tennessee State ($45 million)
– Jerome James, Florida A&M ($44.75 million)
– Lindsey Hunter, Jackson State ($34.6 million)
– Larry Stewart, Coppin State ($2.1 million)
– Priest Lauderdale, Central State ($1.8 million)
– Kenny Williams, Elizabeth City State ($1.5 million)
– Rick Mahorn, Hampton ($7.6 million)
– Travis Williams, South Carolina State ($242,000)
– Larry Smith, Alcorn State ($4.7 million)

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