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The 25 most followed college basketball players on Twitter

Earlier this week I compiled an exhaustive list of NCAA head coaches who are on Twitter, and ranked them by number of followers. It was no surprise that John Calipari is the most followed coach, but it was surprising to discover that he dominates in the same way that the US Department of Defense dominates budgets – Calipari has more followers than every other head coach combined.

But for players that kind of list isn't possible. Or I suppose it is, but someone would need to track down potential Twitter accounts for approximately 4,400 players.

So instead I'm focusing on just the big guns. I combed through roughly one hundred lists on Twitter, and searched the rosters for the major programs. But as always – that with many potential accounts – there might be errors. If you see one, please email me using the 'contact' link above, or let me know on Twitter.

Regardless, here is the list of the 25 most followed players. And it's dominated by just a few programs. Does Kentucky rule? Not necessarily, but they do have a walk-on who made the list, which is pretty impressive. Also impressive is Andrew Wiggins, who leads Kyle Wiltjer by almost 50,000 followers.

rank player  team followers
1 Andrew Wiggins Kansas 104,537
2 Kyle Wiltjer Gonzaga 55,475
3 Jabari Parker Duke 51,639
4 Julius Randle Kentucky 47,428
5 PJ Hairston UNC 46,122
6 Alex Poythress Kentucky 45,314
7 Jarrod Polson Kentucky 41,714
8 Quinn Cook Duke 41,658
9 Spike Albrecht Michigan 40,907
10 Mitch McGary Michigan 39,285
11 Yogi Ferrell Indiana 38,931
12 Andrew Harrison Kentucky 37,560
13 Aaron Harrison Kentucky 36,626
14 Nik Stauskas Michigan 34,075
15 Leslie McDonald UNC 33,640
16 Glenn Robinson III Michigan 32,731
17 Marcus Paige UNC 31,939
18 Jon Hood Kentucky 26,955
19 Andre Dawkins Duke 26,032
20 Dakari Johnson Kentucky 25,828
21 Doug McDermott Creighton 23,845
22 Tyler Thornton Duke 23,623
23 Rasheed Sulaimon Duke 23,344
24 Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky 23,071
25 Russ Smith Louisville 22,996

 

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