Thirty four players have been named the NBA’s Most Valuable player since the first award was given out after the 1955-56 season. We went through all of them to compile a history of the MVPs who played college basketball before beginning their accomplished professional careers. 

NBA MVPs like James Harden and Stephen Curry are household names among fans. But these basketball icons attended a diverse, and possibly unexpected, set of schools as former student-athletes back in the day.

Here they are:

James Harden, Arizona State, 2017-18 NBA MVP (Houston Rockets)