4. Darren Collison 2005-09
Possibly one of the most loved Bruins in the last decade, Collison made a name for himself in his junior and senior year as the floor general for the Bruins.
In the one and done era, Collison is one of the few Bruins that stayed all for years. In that time, he was a part of UCLA Basketball’s three straight Final Four runs.
In his junior year, despite being injured for part of the season, Collison led the Bruins to to their third straight Final Four in one of the most successful campaigns of any Bruin basketball team. That season, UCLA had won the Pac-1o regular season championship, captured the Pac-12 Tournament, landed an #1 ranking in the NCAA Tournament and won a record 35-games.
As for Collison himself, he was quite possibly the best on-ball defender in the Ben Howland era. When needed, Collison was able to shut down opponents and was often tabbed to defend the opponent’s best player.
On the offensive side he had great floor vision, had a killer outside shot and was he ever fast. That happens when you are the son of two rack athletes.