The Greatest Houston Basketball Players Of All Time

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Vote up the best players in the history of Houston men's basketball.

The best Houston Cougars players ever have all had a part in making Houston one of the top-tier Division I college programs in the nation.

Older players like Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler made their mark in the history of Houston's offense with their great performances in the past, as newer popular players like Damyean Dotson and Joseph Young carried on that legacy with tremendous talent and skill. The Cougars have had many players go on to the NBA, and some even had Hall of Fame-level careers, but it all started with their days on the starting roster for Houston basketball.

So which of these players from Houston's long history deserves to rank near the top of the list? Who are the best Cougars players of all-time? Vote below, and if you see any players missing from the list who should be considered, feel free to add them as well.

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  • Hakeem Olajuwon
    1
    149 votes
    • Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria

    Cougars career: 1981–1984

  • Clyde Drexler
    2
    Shooting guard, Small forward
    102 votes
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Cougars career: 1980–1983

  • Elvin Hayes
    3
    Power forward, Center
    106 votes
    • Birthplace: Rayville, Louisiana

    Cougars career: 1965–1968

  • Rob Williams
    4

    Rob Williams

    Point guard
    28 votes
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas

    Cougars career: 1979–1982

  • Otis Birdsong
    5
    Point guard, Shooting guard
    52 votes
    • Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida

    Cougars career: 1973–1977

  • Don Chaney
    6
    Shooting guard
    37 votes
    • Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Cougars career: 1965–1968