Does Caitlin Clark need a national title to be crowned the GOAT of women’s hoops?

Does Caitlin Clark need a national title to be crowned the GOAT of women’s hoops?


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Does Caitlin Clark need a national title to be crowned the GOAT of women’s hoops?

Updated Apr. 5, 2024 3:59 p.m. ET



FOX Sports play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson referred to her as “a perfect example of the evolution of the game of basketball.”

Colin Cowherd, host of “The Herd,” said the game of basketball is “effortless” for her, and described her as “a walking highlight.”

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma took it one step further, referring to her this week as “the best player of all time.”

Whatever your thoughts are on Iowa standout Caitlin Clark, or wherever you rank her among the all-time players in the women’s game, there is simply no denying her greatness. She has single-handedly captured the imagination of a nation, and has taken the game of women’s basketball to new heights — evident by her 41-point, 12-assist performance in Iowa’s memorable 94-87 Elite Eight win over LSU on Monday night, which drew 12.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched women’s college basketball game in history.

This season alone, Clark has re-written college basketball’s record books. Back on Feb. 15, Clark broke the record for the most points in Division I women’s basketball history, passing Kelsey Plum’s mark. Then, 17 days later, the Hawkeyes’ superstar broke Pete Maravich’s long-standing record of 3,667 points to become the all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s Division I basketball history.

Not only has Clark scored the most points in NCAA college basketball history, she’s also the first player ever — men’s or women’s — to compile 3,000 points, 1,000 assists and 850 rebounds in a career.

So, as Clark and the Hawkeyes get set to take on Paige Bueckers and the UConn Huskies in what some have labeled the most highly anticipated Final Four matchup in women’s college basketball history, the following question has received an enormous amount of attention this week leading into Friday night’s showdown:

Does Clark need to win a national championship in order to solidify her spot as the greatest women’s college basketball player of all time?

While there isn’t an absolute, clear-cut answer, who better to pose that question to than those who have spent time around Clark throughout her memorable collegiate career?

We asked several FOX Sports personalities who have followed Clark along her journey to chime in on the GOAT debate. Here’s what we got:

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