Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knows all about what it takes to have an NCAA basketball dynasty.
The Basketball Hall of Fame player won three NCAA titles with UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden. Abdul-Jabbar recently published a book about his college coach titled, Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court.
Abdul-Jabbar was on CBS This Morning on Monday to promote his book when he brought up a current basketball program that he admires in the one-and-done age.
“I was very impressed with the University of Wisconsin,” he said. “The guys stayed. They made a commitment to each other and to the school, and they were in the NCAA finals two years in a row. I really admire what they achieved as students and as athletes.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 15, 2017
Wisconsin went to back-to-back Final Fours in 2014 and 2015 thanks in large part to the team’s core of Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes. Dekker left for the NBA after playing for three seasons, but the other Badgers all stayed for all four years.
Koenig, Hayes and the rest of the Wisconsin senior class graduated this past weekend.
Back-to-back Final Fours
Four straight Sweet 16s
13 NCAA tourney wins
115 combined wins
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) May 13, 2017