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The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time 

Ranker NCAA Basketball
Updated June 2, 2020 15.5k votes 2.1k voters 35.2k views 50 items

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Many colleges have long-standing traditions of NCAA basketball that breed great talent for the NBA. When thinking of some of the best college basketball programs of all time, the Kansas Jayhawks are, without a doubt, one of the best. KU! Rock Chalk! Here is a list of the best Kansas Jayhawks of all time! Take a look at this list of Kansas Jayhawks basketball players and vote up your favorites, whether they were leading scorers and invaluable roster pieces for Kansas University!

From all time greats like Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce, to other players that saw their best days come at the college level, this a great list of the top Kansas Jayhawks basketball players. So, take a look at these great Kansas Jayhawks and vote up the players that you think deserve a spot on this all time best list. Who would be on your all time Kansas Jayhawks starting five?

Who are the best Jayhawks of all time? Who do you think are the greatest Kansas Jayhawks ever? Be sure to vote up your favorites!

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Center from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 63 (1936-1999)

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Warriors, San Francisco Warriors

1956 - 1958

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1957)

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

1995 - 1998

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more

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#43 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,964 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

1984 - 1988

NCAA Champion (1988)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1988)

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#182 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #97 of 151 The Best NBA Players with No Championship Rings #77 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

4
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Number: 21

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

2013 - 2014

Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college ...more

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#124 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,962 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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Frank Mason III is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Jeremy Hunt added Point guard from Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Number: 15

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

2013 - 2017

Frank Leo Mason III (born April 3, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the ...more
6
Mario Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Anchorage, Alaska

Age: 33

Number: 15

2005 - 2008

NCAA Champion (2008)

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (2008)

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7
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small Forward from Markham, Thornhill, Canada

Age: 24

Number: 22

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

2013 - 2014

Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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#349 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #182 of 320 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #48 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

8
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time

Age: 73

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors

1965 - 1969

Joseph Henry White (November 16, 1946 – January 16, 2018) was an American professional basketball player. As an amateur, he played basketball at the University of Kansas and represented the U.S. ...more

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#151 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #2,062 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #14 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

9
Kirk Hinrich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Sioux City, Iowa

Age: 38

Number: 12

Teams: Chicago Bulls

1999 - 2003

Kirk James Hinrich (born January 2, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player. He has also been a member of the USA National Team. Growing up in Sioux City, Iowa, Hinrich was ...more

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#400 of 872 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #61 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #101 of 160 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

10
Nick Collison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Orange City, Iowa

Age: 39

Number: 4

Teams: Seattle Supersonics

1999 - 2003

Nicholas John Collison (born October 26, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who played his entire 15-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the ...more

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Devonte' Graham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
jackieson2004 added Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Number: 4

Teams: Charlotte Hornets

2014 - 2018

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12
Raef LaFrentz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Hampton, Iowa

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets

1994 - 1998

Raef Andrew LaFrentz (born May 29, 1976) is an American retired professional basketball power forward and center who played in the NBA from 1998 to 2009. Born and raised in Iowa, LaFrentz ...more

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#97 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #17 of 22 The Best NCAA Power Forwards of the 90s #16 of 25 The Best NCAA Centers of the 90s

13
Perry Ellis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Wichita, Kansas

Age: 26

2012 - 2016

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14
Sherron Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 32

2006 - 2010

NCAA Champion (2008)

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#106 of 108 The Best NBA Players from Illinois #5 of 22 The Best Kansas Jayhawks Point Guards Of All Time

15
Marcus Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Number: 15

Teams: New York Knicks

2008 - 2011

Marcus Thomas Morris Sr. (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) ...more
16
Jacque Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Point guard from Los Angeles, California

Age: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic

1993 - 1997

Jacque Vaughn (born February 11, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player and coach who is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball ...more
17
Clyde Lovellette is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Clyde Lovellette Power forward and Center from Petersburg, Washington Township, Indiana

Age: 90

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

1950 - 1952

NCAA Champion (1952)

NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1952)

18
Drew Gooden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Oakland, California

Age: 38

Number: 0

Teams: Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls

1999 - 2002

Andrew Melvin Gooden III (born September 24, 1981) is an American former professional basketball player who is a sports broadcaster for NBC Sports Washington. The power forward played 14 seasons ...more

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#27 of 57 NBA Players Who Played For 8 Or More Teams #63 of 196 The Best NBA Players from California #70 of 73 The Best Dallas Mavericks of All Time

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Brandon Rush is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Age: 34

Number: 4

2005 - 2008

NCAA Champion (2008)

20
Josh Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard from San Diego, California

Number: 20

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

2016 - 2017

Joshua O'Neal Jackson (born February 10, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Markieff Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age: 30

Number: 5

Teams: Detroit Pistons

2008 - 2011

Markieff Morris (born September 2, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the ...more

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22
Thomas Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
AdamH added Power forward from Washington, D.C.

Age: 28

Number: 41

2009 - 2012

Thomas Earl Robinson is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. A consensus All-American at the University of ...more

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23
Wayne Simien is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Power forward from Leavenworth, Kansas

Age: 36

Teams: Miami Heat

2001 - 2005

Wayne Anthony Simien Jr. (born March 9, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player, who last played with Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto. He was a member of the Miami ...more
24
Kevin Pritchard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
TGWrites added Kevin Pritchard

Age: 52

Teams: Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

Kevin Lee Pritchard (born July 18, 1967) is an American basketball executive, and a former player and coach, who is currently the president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers. ...more
25
Udoka Azubuike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Kansas Jayhawks Basketball Players of All Time
Udoka Azubuike

2016 - present