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The Greatest Illinois Basketball Players Of All Time

Updated December 4, 2019 940 votes 81 voters 1.3k views44 items

List RulesVote up the best players in the history of Illinois men's basketball.

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

Older players like Red Kerr and Derek Harper made their mark in the history of Illinois' offense with their great performances in the past, as newer popular players like Deron Williams and Meyers Leonard carried on that legacy with tremendous talent and skill. The Fighting Illini 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 Illinois basketball.

So which of these players from Illinois' long history deserves to rank near the top of the list? Who are the best Fighting Illini 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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    4

    Nick Anderson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1987–1989

  • 2
    36
    8

    Kendall Gill

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1986–1990

  • 3
    35
    9

    Dee Brown

    Point guard

    BirthplaceJackson, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 2002-2006

  • 4
    42
    17

    Deron Williams

    Point guard

    BirthplaceParkersburg, West Virginia

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew Jersey Nets

    Fighting Illini career: 2002–2005

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    30
    6

    Derek Harper

    Point guard

    BirthplaceRoyston, Georgia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1980–1983

  • 6
    32
    9

    Eddie Johnson

    Small forward

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1977–1981

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    23
    5

    Frank Williams

    Point guard, Guard

    BirthplacePeoria, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamSioux Falls Skyforce

    Fighting Illini career: 1999–2002

  • 8
    25
    8

    Kenny Battle

    Small forward

    BirthplaceAurora, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1987–1989

  • 9
    23
    6

    Ken Norman

    Small forward

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1984–1987

  • 10
    23
    9

    Nick Weatherspoon

    Small forward

    BirthplaceGreenwood, Mississippi

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1970–1973

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    18
    5

    Bruce Douglas

    Guard

    BirthplaceQuincy, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1982–1986

  • 12
    20
    8

    Brian Cook

    Power forward, Center

    BirthplaceLincoln, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamLos Angeles Clippers

    Fighting Illini career: 1999–2003

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    18
    8

    Red Kerr

    Center, power forward

    BirthplaceCenter, power forward

    Fighting Illini career: 1951–1954

  • 14
    23
    16

    BirthplaceRobinson, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamOklahoma City Thunder

    Fighting Illini career: 2010–2012

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    16
    9

    Dike Eddleman

    Small forward

    Fighting Illini career: 1945–1949

  • 16
    19
    12

    Luther Head

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 2001–2005

  • 17
    12
    5

    Stephen Bardo

    Guard

    BirthplaceHenderson, Kentucky

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1986–1990

  • 18
    12
    5

    BirthplaceGurnee, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 2009–2013

  • 19
    13
    8

    Roger Powell

    Small forward

    BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 2001–2005

  • 20
    15
    11

    Marcus Liberty

    Point guard, Small forward

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1988–1990

  • 21
    9
    5

    Kiwane Garris

    Point guard

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1993–1997

  • 22
    2
    5

    Jimmy Dawson

    Point guard

    Fighting Illini career: 1963–1967

  • 23
    13
    11

    Skip Thoren

    Center

    BirthplaceRockford, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1962–1965

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    12
    9

    Don Ohl

    Guard

    BirthplaceMurphysboro, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Fighting Illini career: 1955–1958

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    2
    5

    Ken Menke

    Guard

    Fighting Illini career: 1941–1943, 1946–1947