I want to comment on a few things in this thread. For one, somebody said that Duke had the greatest tradition. How long have you been following basketball? They are not even close. UCLA, UNC, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, ... hello? Duke probably fits in the top seven with those other teams. The Sporting News listed the top seven as, if I remember correctly, UCLA, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville, Duke. They've been good recently, but don't make any ridiculous statements that they have better tradition than a school like UCLA. That's absurd.
Number one for me is Louisville. I know you're not supposed to name your favorite team, but I honestly don't know any other way to answer. I bleed Cardinal red, live and die Red Rage sports. Plus, you really can't deny their tradition. I'm into the tradition of schools, so if I was a real high-flyer, I might choose Louisville to try to recreate the Doctors of Dunk, and be Dr. Dunkenstein II, following Darrell Griffith's footsteps, landing S.I. covers like him. I don't really think I can make a list without listing Louisville number one. And my picking Louisville is also somewhat legit because they have a top three speed school in the United States. They're close to me, and their engineering is now better than Purdue's.
Another thing I wanted to talk about. Anybody that claims Kentucky's fans support their team better than any in the country or say that you know you'd have a great time playing for them... that person is obviously not from Kentucky. They're the second most popular team in the state. Really. Most of Louisville's population are Card fans, and other than Louisville, what the hell else IS there in Kentucky? And have you ever been to friggin' Lexington? If you haven't, don't. Most freaking boring city in the world, surrounded by 100 miles of farms. Anybody that WANTS to go to Kensucky and play for the Mildcats needs to be kicked in the head, several times, hard.
Anyway, I'll shut up and make a list:
1. Louisville - I would want to play for Rick Pitino, as he knows how to get people to the NBA. Also, by going to Louisville, I'd be able to meet my idol, Cool Hand Luke, Denny Crum. They have a top notch speed school, something I'm interested in. And I live about ten minutes away from the campus, if that long.
2. UCLA - The history . . . . wow.
3. Kansas - Rock Chock Jayhawk, baby. Every year, around tournament time, I'm always rooting for Kansas; had them winning the national championship like five of the last seven years. They always let me down. So I'd want a chance to put them over the top and bring in some hardware and add a banner to the rafters.
4. Texas Tech - I'm a football player, and I appreciate Bob Knight's hard-*** mentality. I'd love to play for him. Even though I'm still pissed that he dropped Louisville from the schedule in the late '80s, after we beat the tar out of him for a decade or so.
5. Hawaii - Well yeah, there's a lot of travel. But if they had a history of players going to the NBA, I'd rather go to Hawaii than Louisville. I mean, shoot... Hawaii!! Maybe I'd shoot a few basketballs while I was there? I dunno, probably not.
6. Stanford - I'd love to play and live on the west coast, and it's a great school, that's strong in several areas that interest me.
7. Okaloosa Walton CC - Yeaaaah, I had to have one nobody else would even think of. But really, I've been to their campus in Destin, Florida, and it is the most beautiful campus I've ever seen. And it's a short walk from the beach. I mean, this place is so close to the beach, it's a surprise it doesn't wash away. Hell, I could lay on the beach all day, every day... just too much fun.
8. Indiana - Naw, I wouldn't go to OWCC before Indiana. I guess Indiana would really be seventh on this list. Another close to home place, and it's where my mom went.
9. Purdue - Great engineering school. But, if I'm a basketball player, am I really going to school, too!?
10. Penn State - If I was that athletic and whatnot, I'd have to walk onto the football team. And, how could you turn down a chance to play football for a living legend that's name already belongs in the same breath as Paul Bryant?