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The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated November 19, 2019 2.6k votes 498 voters 8.8k views 51 items

List Rules Upvote the best basketball players in Bearcats history based only on the player's college career.

Cincinnati basketball fans, we’re ranking the best Cincinnati Bearcats of all-time. This list of Cincinnati basketball players includes current and former players, along with the seasons played with the college. Featuring All-Americans, players in the NBA, and school legends who had their jerseys retired, the top players from University of Cincinnati men's basketball team history include Oscar Robertson, Kenyon Martin, Nick Van Exel, and Steve Logan. Who is the best Cincinnati Bearcat ever?

Vote up the ones you think are the greatest Cincinnati basketball players in Bearcats history. Feel free to add any Bearcat freshmen, NBA rookies, or Cincinnati alumni missing from the list.

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Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Age: 81

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Milwaukee Bucks

1957 - 1960

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2
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 42

Number: 3

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

1996 - 2000

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3
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

1991 - 1993

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4
Jack Twyman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 78 (1934-2012)

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Rochester Royals

1951 - 1955

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5
Danny Fortson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

1994 - 1997

6
Steve Logan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 39

1998 - 2002

7
Lance Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 29

Number: 1

2009 - 2010

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8
Pat Cummings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Pat Cummings

Age: Dec. at 56 (1956-2012)

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks

1974 - 1979

9
Jason Maxiell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 36

Number: 54

Teams: Detroit Pistons

2001 - 2005

10
Ruben Patterson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 44

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets, + more

1996 - 1998

11
Paul Hogue is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Knoxville, Tennessee

Age: Dec. at 69 (1940-2009)

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

1959 - 1962

NCAA Champion (1961, 1962)

NCAA Final Four MOP (1962)

12
Corie Blount is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Monrovia, California

Age: 50

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, + more

1991 - 1993

13
Ron Bonham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Ron Bonham

Age: 77

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics

1961 - 1964

NCAA champion (1962)

14
Eddie Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Eddie Lee

1976 - 1980

15
LaZelle Durden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
LaZelle Durden

1992 - 1995

16
Tom Thacker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Tom Thacker

Age: 80

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

1960 - 1963

NCAA champion (1961, 1962)

17
Kenny Satterfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Kenny Satterfield Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 38

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets

1999 - 2001

18
Connie Dierking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Center from New York City, New York

Age: Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Syracuse Nationals, Cincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors

1955 - 1958

19
Jarron Cumberland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Jarron Cumberland

2017 - present

20
Pete Mickeal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Pete Mickeal Small forward from Rock Island, Illinois

Age: 41

1998 - 2000

21
Eric Hicks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Eric Hicks

Age: 36

2002 - 2006

22
DerMarr Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Washington, D.C.

Age: 39

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks

1999 - 2000

23
George Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Meridian, Mississippi

Age: 77

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Cincinnati Royals, Buffalo Braves, Seattle Supersonics, + more

1961 - 1964

NCAA Champion (1962)

24
Deonta Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Deonta Vaughn

2006 - 2010

25
Tony Yates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cincinnati Basketball Players of All Time
Tony Yates

1960 - 1963

NCAA champion (1961, 1962)